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Pictures: Collins Street | Shrine of Remembrance | Gothic Bank | St. Patrick's Cathedral | City Buildings | Royal Botanical Gardens | Melbourne at Night | Train Station | Federation Square | Tram | Farewell Dinner
History: Melbourne | St Patrick's Cathedral | Queen Victoria Market
By the time we arrived in Melbourne it was early evening and dark. We were caught in the evening rush hour traffic through central city on our way to the Pacific International Apartments at Southgate (the south bank of the Yarra River). This was a great location only a short distance to the Yarra River, train station and about a block to the tram. These were executive apartments. We also had a great view of the city from our sixth floor room.
We only had one full day to explore Melbourne starting with a city tour along Carlton and Collins Streets and strolling around the Queen Victoria Market. Passed the State Houses of Parliament building and stopped at St. Patrick's Cathedral and walked in the Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens. We also had a wonderful stop at the Shrine of Remembrance. In the afternoon we rode the public tram and walked around the downtown area. One of the more interesting buildings was the gothic ANZ Bank building. A guard approached us as John took a picture inside the bank. The guard told us pictures were OK of the ceiling but not the tellers or other areas in the bank lobby. The Flinders Street Railway Station was on the north bank of the Yarra River. We walked through it several times
Our farewell dinner for the Australian trip was held at the Piazza Café and Bar on Lygon Street. We all rode the tram to the restaurant (area). Our leader had a problem locating the restaurant; we were a few blocks off the mark. I'm glad we finally found the place: lots and lots of food, lots and lots of wine, and free entertainment by a roving band of ? clowns. A group of about 20 people and a guy with a bullhorn entered the restaurant, picked on one individual and proceeded to declare him the birthday boy (although it really wasn't his birthday). A few of the group even sang the Norwegian national anthem.
After the huge meal about half the tour group elected to walk the mile or so back to the hotel. I'm glad we did since I have some great night pictures of Melbourne. We actually got back to the hotel at the same time that the others who took the tram. We felt better exercising off some of the calories.
The next morning we departed for Christchurch, New Zealand.