Sun 18 Mar 12
It's been a good few days spent with Nick and Kate after picking them up from the airport on Thursday. Unfortunately, neither of them have been very well after picking up a bug in Sydney so we probably didn't do quite as much sightseeing as we would have done otherwise. Nevertheless, it was great to see them and spend some time with them - and have some more Pommy company!
As per Ormond tradition (so far, at least) our first night was spent at the On Top bar just down the road from Neil's. The weather had been very humid and it finally broke in a thunderstorm, which we weren't totally prepared for! It's a good thing it wasn't a long walk home! Thankfully, I got a picture of us all on the roooftop bar before the rain started:
As for sightseeing over the next couple of days, we went to a few bars (of course!), wandered around a small part of the laneways (Melbourne's back streets that house all manner of cafe's, eateries and boutique shops), and went to the top of the Eureka Tower. The tower has a 'Skydeck' on the 88th floor, which you reach via a lift that takes just 45 seconds! The Skydeck itself is essentially a 360 degree viewing platform over Melbourne - and is the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere:
The city itself is very compact, and there are very few high-rise buildings outside of the CBD (Central Business District). The pictures below only really show the city centre, but out from this Melbourne quite quickly becomes suburbs, parks and farmlands. It's a great view, and gives you a whole new perspective on Melbourne city:
We had a great night on Saturday playing with Neil's new telescope - we saw Saturn, rings and all! And I feel like I know a little more about the stars in the Southern hemisphere now, thanks to Nick's superior knowledge of all things astronomical. We even got to see one of Saturn's moons! I'm well impressed with the scope, and am looking forward to more star gazing when I'm back in Melbourne in a few months.