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Training, Day 3

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Day 3.. meh .. still not learning a whole heap.. just a few bits and pieces.
Not helped by not being able to breathe :/

Went and saw the DPC today which was pretty cool.

Got back to hotel at 5pm and it was still sunny, so headed out again for a wander.  Got some Haigh's chocolate, had dinner at a very mediocre Japanese restaurant (takoyaki was pretty dodgy and their okonomiyaki was ok but I think I like my (Lisa's) version better!) and walked around in squares around the CBD.

Only one more day to survive then go home.

Melbourne

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So what do you do when work sends you to Melbourne for a week's training?  Why, you go down in the morning instead of at night the Sunday before and spend the day wandering around!

21000 steps, and an average of more than one photo per minute in twelve hours later, and I'm exhausted.  

Early night for me! :)
Woke up in the middle of the night from hurty, and was delirious enough to stress over the time - 2:43 but in what time zone?  Probably the first 2:43.

Aimed to leave the hotel at 9am this time (since it was "really" 10am), giving us an extra hour in Melbourne :)

Decided that we were going to go do the super duper expensive hotel restaurant.  Turns out it was an all you can eat buffet for $35 each.  I only managed to get two plates worth of food in (I never get good value out of all you can eats!)

Breakfast
Went back to our room and packed up, then checked out and left our bags with the concierge, and Nat and I did a quick photoshoot of the hotel.

Stamford hotel
Went for a wander up Exhibition St.  Saw sushi burgers and a sign saying nothing happened.

Nothing happened
Then wandered up through Exhibition gardens (Carlton Gardens) to the Exhibition Building.

Exhibition Building
Bird of paradise
Exhibition Building
Garden of Unity
I was most surprised when we got around to the north side of the building because there was a whole museum that wasn't there fifteen years ago!  Made taking photos from the north a little difficult heh.

Decided that we'd actually go into the museum and have a look.

Melbourne Museum
Pygmy blue whale skeleton
Whale
Dinosaur skeletons
Pterodactyl
Flutterbies?
Flutterbys
Big taxidermy room "Wild" .. at least a lot better organised than the one in Japan
Taxidermy
And we have a thylacine too!
Thylacine
Wolf
I had a long wander through the body exhibit, and then a quick run through the mind exhibit (would love to have spent longer there) before meeting up with the others to decide on a plan.  While everyone decided what we were doing next, I raced up to take some photos of Phar Lap (would liked to have looked through the whole Victoria exhibit there as well)....

Phar Lap
So went back to the others and we walked up to Lygon Street.  Although we didn't have time to sit down and eat, Nat got some take away pasta from one place.  Next time we'll organise ourselves better to actually eat here properly.

And then it was back to the hotel to pick up our bags, and hop in a taxi to head off to the airport. 

Our plane back - Virgin Blue 737-8Q8 (VH-VOU)
Virgin Blue 737
We didn't get much of a view during the flight because it was dark, but we did get a nice sunset from the plane on the tarmac
Sunset
So arrived back in Canberra and Andrew drove us home.

Totally great weekend away, lots of fun, and even a decent amount of exercise :)  
We want to come again next year and organise ourselves better to see some of the comedy festival and have a proper meal on Lygon Street :)

Managed to get out at the door just after 10am on Saturday and wandered down to Degraves Street to find somewhere to sit for breakfast.  It was very crowded, but found a table outside Degraves Espresso Bar. I had a delicious (but somewhat expensive) breakfast of bacon and eggs.

Degraves breakfast
Wandered up Centre Place/Way so we could go to Haigh's.  I've never even heard of it (go figure!!)  (oh, this was after walking past the Lindt shop on the way to breakfast and being very disappointed they didn't have lime Lindt.  Seems we are going to have to stock up on them next time we go to Europe!)  

Haigh's
Continued wandering up Elizabeth St.  Stu stopped for a coffee while N&A and I checked out Bernard's Magic Shop.

38 foot yacht
Carried on walking past La Trobe St.  The old City Circle trams are very cute.

Melbourne City Circle Tram
Finally we made it to Queen Victoria markets, where we spent a couple of hours wandering up and down looking at stuff.  I bought a photomosaic jigsaw and some beer stubby holders and was very tempted by some wooden landmarks like Tower Bridge etc.  But decided to be good and not get any heh.

I liked the big slabs of butter they had in this store.

Curds and Whey in Queen Victoria Markets
Eventually wandered back towards the city, stopping in at the Shot Tower cone in Melbourne Central.

Shot Tower
Carried on wandering down.. (skipping a browse through Myer because Stu was tired)

Nat and Andrew on shiny things
And went into Minotaur for a good while.

At this point Stu went back to the hotel, and Nat and Andrew and I went down to Flinders St to catch the City Circle tram out to docklands.

Customs?
None of the docklands stuff existed last time I was in Melbourne so it was amazing to see how much stuff is out there now.  Now it's labelled the "entertainment and lifestyle precinct".  

T-rex
Of course we were there to play at Glowgolf..

Glow golf
Which had some very pretty murals in some of the rooms

Glow golf
Glow golf
Andrew won and I got par so was all a bit of fun.

Then we hopped on another tram and went back to the hotel.

Picked up the sweetie then headed out again to find dinner.  If we'd had more time we would have gone to Lygon St, but in the end we just went to Tono Italian Restaurant on Bourke/Russell St.  Watched suicidal skateboarders while sharing some wine and enjoying some nice chicken.

Chicken
Didn't have time to go back to the hotel, so went straight to the Regent Theatre to see Cats!

(this photo was taken the night before when the theatre was still in session)
Regent Theatre (taken last night)
I sneaked this photo in right at the end of the show.  I *loved* the hundreds festoon lights they had all around the theatre.
Cats
The show itself was ok.. not one of the better musicals I've ever seen.  It was well done and all, it just didn't have a *point*.  And I only knew two songs from the whole production.  So it was a bit meh.  Got to scritch a kitty .. Nat was so jealous :):)

Then we just went back to the hotel and crashed.

Good Friday morning we had a nice sleep in and relaxing morning.  Then a bit before 12 we were picked up by Nat and Andrew and headed off to the airport.

Watched our plane pull up, and took our seats up the back of the 737.  Fairly average lunch, and otherwise standard sort of flight.

Qantas 737-476 "Currawong" (VH-TJU)
Qantas 737
Lake Eucumbene
Lake Eucumbene
Khancoban Pondage
Khancoban Pondage
Lake Dartmouth
Lake Dartmouth
Last getting off the plane, but no wait at all for bags :)

Then hopped in a taxi (no queue!) and headed into the city.

The Giant Cheese Stick and Zipper (aka "Melbourne International Gateway")
Cheese stick and zipper
Our hotel (the Stamford on Little Collins) was very swishy for the cheap end of the swishy market.  Super cool glass elevators :)

Our room
Our room
View from our room window
View from our room window
We essentially just dumped all our stuff before heading out again for a wander.

Wandered past Hosier Lane and saw some people photographing the graffiti so went to see what they were looking at.  Found several adjoining lanes covered in lots of cool graffiti (there was even some being created while we were there!). 

Graffiti in Hosier Lane
Graffiti in Rutledge Lane
Graffiti artists in Rutledge Lane
Graffiti in Hosier Lane
Moving on, walked past Federation Square (which didn't exist last time I was in Melbourne)

Federation Square
.. and an Apple store ..

Stu gives the Apple store the thumbs down
.. and past Flinders Street station (with the new Eureka tower behind it - also not there last time I was in Melbourne)

Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station
Then headed across the Yarra River 

MCG from Princes Bridge
MCG
Lights on Princes Bridge
Lights on the bridge
Took photos of the Arts Centre
Victorian Arts Centre
.. and horse and carriages on St Kilda Road

stkildaroad
Then wandered through Southbank.  Stopped at this point for a snack to keep us going, as we thought we'd be having a late dinner.  

Melbourne from Southbank
This girl played short pieces from a stack of tunes.. a lot of movie soundtracks .. we were having a guessing game of what they were while we had our snacks.

Busker in Southbank
Next we headed for the Eureka Tower.  Fifteen years ago I went up the Rialto Tower.  This one is a fair bit bigger.

Eureka Tower
It has bugs on it!
Golden bugs
We headed up to the Eureka Skydeck 88 ($16.50 each).  Unfortunately it's a disaster for photography.  The windows are tinted blue and gold in different sections which screws up colour balances, the glass is *very* reflective, and the building is at all different angles.  We didn't even attempt to do any sort of panorama.  But we did spend ages up there taking photos and looking at stuff (and went outside to get blown away, but didn't do the Edge which was another $12 or so).  

South west Melbourne CBD, including the Rialto Towers, Spencer St, the stadium and Docklands.  
Melbourne from Eureka Tower

Tinted windows
Tinted windows on Eureka Tower
Flinders Street station and Federation Square
Federation Square from Eureka Tower
Spirit of Tasmania coming in to dock
Spirit of Tasmania coming in to dock
We hung around for about an hour waiting for the sun to set so we could see the place at night, but after an hour (when it was just starting to get dark) we gave up and headed back down.

The Yarra River is a lot prettier at night than during the day..
Southbank
Walked past Flinders Street station
Flinders Street Station at night
.. and wandered up Swanston Street and ended up at City BBQ Chinese Restaurant in China Town.  Dinner was ok.  We shoulda ordered less food.  Or made one of the dishes vegetables.  It was a very *brown* meal.

Wandered back down Russell Street.  

Was amused by the plastic food we saw in one place.
Plastic food
Dropped off the sweetie who had had enough, then went out again looking for ice cream.  Tried bottom of Swanston St and Federation Square without success.  Then went across to Elizabeth Street and walked all the way up it to La Trobe Street before heading back, eventually getting Magnums at a local minimart place.  I suppose we can't complain - it was Good Friday yet there was *heaps* of stuff open, and open til late too.  Don't think that'd happen in Canberra!

"The Public Purse" - sculpture we liked in the Bourke St Mall
The Public Purse
And so ended Good Friday.  It was a pretty good Friday :)  Lots of walking (really should replace the battery in the pedometer!) 
And this blog post only took fifty minutes to do.. no wonder I've been putting it off for days..
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