Day 2, Friday, 13 jan
11.01.2017 - 13.01.2017
Just on the corner from our hotel was the beautiful St Michael's Church, we made a quick visit here before setting off to the Royal Botanic Gardens. We could have used the tram for a quick journey, but decided instead to walk, eespecially after the dramatics the previous day with the Myki card. We first called into the Arts centre on Flinders Street where I succumbed to purchasing a small piece of glass for $50 and then We walked alongside the river past the Rod Laver Centre where the Melbourne Open Tennis is currently in progress and soon reached the Royal Botanic Gardens. Garden is a bit of an understatement since the area is vast, you could easy be here the whole day. Graham got distracted by the parrots in a red bean tree (I think) and got his David Bailey hat on. Agapanthus plants thrive out here like weeds and are evident everywhere in every hue imaginable. Quite ironic really when I Think of my tub at home and how excited I get counting the flower heads as they appear in the Spring. . Anyhow, we had a lovely few hours admiring the trees and plants but when it started to rain quite steadily we decided it was a good time to have lunch and had a tasty meal at a Vietnamese restaurant in the gardens.
We strolled leisurely back to the city, explored an area we hadn't been to previously and came across Hosier Lane, a street where graffiti artists are free to show off their artistic talents.
Time for Dinner - a frustrating search trying to find somewhere that was more than fast food but not high end dining. Graham was getting a bit grumpy after we seemed to be walking round in circles, we agreed that we would go for whatever establishment we came across next. Thankfully, it happened to be The Sherlock Holmes, an English type pub where we had a fantastic roast of the day and very good value for money. I'm. Not sure how Sherlock Holmes made it to Australia though but he did us proud. We had a couple of pints each and then headed back to bed. We've had a great two days but it really isn't enough to do Melbourne justice.
Tomorrow is the start of our Great Ocean Road trip.