As we slip into port the sun welcomes us to Melbourne.
Located in Australia's smallest continental state, Victoria's bustling capital, the city of Melbourne spreads far inland from Port Phillip Bay and the mouth of the Yarra River to the lush Dandenong Ranges. Its population of 2.7 million live in 59 separately named communities within the 715 square miles of the city proper.
The heart of the inner city, called the Golden Mile, contains the government and commercial hub, the chief shopping street, main hotels and theaters. All of Melbourne's most noted landmarks are on or adjacent to the Golden Mile.
The Golden Mile. The streetcars run continuously along and around the Golden Mile.
Melbourne is a city that appears to be in a constant state of building. Some of the buildings are very unique and architecturally pleasing.
The bridge on the right was once hit by a ship causing the loss of many lives. There is quite a joke about the towers on the bridge. They do absolutely nothing for the structure of the bridge. The designer just thought they looked good.
We got a kick out of some of their signs. The prices of camera components were shocking. For example, one can buy the Sony 128 MB Memory Stick in Saginaw for about $79 as compared to $175.
Whenever one must find a toilet in a foreign country McDonald's is always findable and a safe bet. The photo (top right) shows a horse drawn buggy used exclusively for tourists business.
Melbourne's park is quite different than the parks we saw in New Zealand. There are few flowers. More emphasis is placed on trees and utilization of the river running through it.
We were intrigued with the black swans. There were lost of them. Alas, no white swans. I guess when one lives "Down Under" all things change. For example: M&M are not sold in Australia. They are called W&W's. ;-)
While in Melbourne we visited their war memorial. It is in the process of being updated. At the time we were there the military was performing a memorial service for graduates of the Military Academy.
We climbed the 86 steps to get the views shown above. We are on the level above the peak of the roof shown behind it. Why didn't we take the elevator? Who has elevators? Handicap accommodations are scarce in Australia like other countries outside of the U. S.
The stone carvings remind us of those we saw while in France.
As we travel back to our ship we can see the top of it in the distance.
This is a view looking back toward the city.
We couldn't help but notice the Ford Falcon. Although extinct in the U. S. it is still being produced in Australia.
As we leave Melbourne on our way to Sydney the sun once again says farewell.
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