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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Melbourne City Tour on Day 2

Melbourne is 3 hours ahead of Singapore and we started our city tour immediately in the morning at around 9.30am. Although it is supposedly to be summer in Australia now but during the time we were there, it was raining everyday and the wind was very strong and cold. Late at night and early in the morning, the temperature could go as low as 12 degree celsius!! I brought along some dresses and got no chance to wear at all. Ended up wearing jeans everyday. Haha...

We reached Melbourne on a Tuesday and so we didn't get to go to Queen Victoria Market on our first day in Melbourne as it is closed on Tuesday.

Some of the places that we visited:

Parliament of Victoria
Our first sight-seeing stop.  Super windy here when we got off from our coach and I got to hold down my dress!!

 Princess Theatre which is situated near the Parliament House
 St Patrick's Cathedral

 Captain Cook's Cottage
Situated in Fitzroy Gardens
It was built in memorial to Captain James Cook, R.N., the discoverer of the East Coast of Australia.  The original Cottage in England was built in 1755 by James and Grace Cook - the parents of Captain Cook.  In 1927, the cottage was dismantled, numbered, sealed in cases and then shipped to Victoria to be assembled in the now Fitzroy Gardens.  You can read more about the history of Cook Cottage HERE
You will have to pay an admission fee of AUD 4.50 if you want to go into the cottage to take a look.  We were not really interested to go in and thus, we just spent the time taking a slow walk around the garden.
 Something Aussie
We stopped here at this souvenir shop but almost everything is made in China.  We didn't get anything from here.
 Window display - Wombat, Koala and Kangaroo
 Louis Vuitton
 Eureka 88
 Federation Square
This is the meeting place for both locals and the tourist.  Architecture here is rather quirky.  The driver told us that the Beijing "Bird Nest" might have gotten the inspiration from this building... What do you think?
Australian Center for the Moving Image
Melbourne Visitor Centre is located here as well.
 Shrine of Remembrance

 We got a chance to go to the National Gallery of Victoria but only went in for a while and they told us that the museum was closing...  Anyway, not much things that I can appreciate here.
 Beneath this tower is a concert hall
 Last sight-seeing stop at the Melbourne Museum but we didn't go into the museum as it was already closed.  Only hubby and I got down from the coach to take a walk around the building.  The rest of the tour members all stayed in the coach, too tired to walk.

 Our dinner here at the Shark Fin House at Chinatown.  Chinese food again :(

Crown Hotel
We didn't visit the casino but we fought with the cold, chilling weather to walk to the building from our hotel.
 We happened to see some Christmas moving display.
 Bought 1 box of fries from "LORD of the FRIES" which is situated very near to our hotel.  So shiok to eat the piping hot fries in the chilling weather
 We topped up AUD 1 for the BBQ sauce


Anonymous said...

Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!

Miso said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by!