Australia Days 2 and 3: Melbourne city and the cricket grounds

7 Feb

Wow, a busy couple of days in Melbourne. Skip to the pix below for details, but basically I:

– Went on a four-hour long walking tour of downtown.
– Explored the Docklands area.
– Visited the Royal Botanical Garden.
– Took a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds.
– Spent an afternoon down at St. Kilda Beach.

Overall impressions: Folks are friendly and it’s a pretty cool city. Where are they hiding the homeless? I never saw any.

The restored Forum Theater in downtown Melbourne. It was the first stop on the walking tour.

The restored Forum Theater in downtown Melbourne. It was the first stop on the walking tour.

Street art is celebrated in Melbourne. This is a pretty cool painting of an aboriginal girl.

Street art is celebrated in Melbourne. This is a pretty cool painting of an aboriginal girl.

Our tour guide, Clive, bounced us around all over downtown. This is the public market. Enjoyed sharing lunch with Clive after the tour was over.

Our tour guide, Clive, bounced us around all over downtown. This is the public market. Enjoyed sharing lunch with Clive after the tour was over.

This is the Docklands area on the west side of downtown. In the background is Etihad Stadium, the venue for Aussie Rules Football.

This is the Docklands area on the west side of downtown. In the background is Etihad Stadium, the venue for Aussie Rules Football.

Between the docks: what looked to be a million jellyfish. No swimming here!

Between the docks: what looked to be a million jellyfish. No swimming here!

Did you know there are 700 different kinds of eucalyptis trees? Learned that at the National Botanical Park.

Did you know there are 700 different kinds of eucalyptis trees? Learned that at the National Botanical Park.

Lovely vistas in the botanical park.

Lovely vistas in the botanical park.

More from inside the botanical park.

More from inside the botanical park.

On the right is Brian, our guide for the tour of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. We were down on the 'pitch' at that moment.

On the right is Brian, our guide for the tour of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. We were down on the ‘pitch’ at that moment.

The pitch of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds.

The pitch of the Melbourne Cricket Grounds.

More from the tour.

More from the tour.

Brian shows us the whiteboard the coachs use for strategy sessions.

Brian shows us the whiteboard the coachs use for strategy sessions.

On a hot Saturday afternoon, St kilda Beach was busy. The water was cool at first, but then really refreshing.

On a hot Saturday afternoon, St kilda Beach was busy. The water was cool at first, but then really refreshing.

Close-up of a water lily at the botanical garden.

Close-up of a water lily at the botanical garden.

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One Response to “Australia Days 2 and 3: Melbourne city and the cricket grounds”

  1. Sonja February 8, 2015 at 5:44 AM #

    It looks beautiful & interesting!

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