IMG_20140209_065055Sunrise over the Yarra River, Melbourne IMG_20140209_073228Melbourne from the Yarra river

Off to search for breakfast in Queen Victoria Market ~ plenty of choices for food & drink amongst cheese, meat & fish stalls along with smoothie/juice bars. Better than any coffee chain or hotel breakfast bar.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

Booster smoothie and toasted egg and bacon sandwich (Matthew) we’re set up for the 3 hour walking tour around the city with www.imfree.com.au  Tours are free just tip what you think it’s worth. The tour started at the State Library of Victoria www.slv.vic.gov.au,  a respite from the heat and open on a Sunday! A very entertaining Hugo led the chain of us round the streets and alleys of Melbourne.

The State Library has more than just books, you can play chess, roam the three galleries, listen to music or watch a film. The exhibition about Ned Kelly, complete with the iron armour he was captured in, also has lots of accounts of the settlement in the area and the gold rush.

Ned Kelly's armour [source: State Library of Victoria]

Ned Kelly’s armour [source: State Library of Victoria]

 


A late afternoon swim at the Melbourne City Baths wasn’t as relaxing as hoped, rather like taking a mobility scooter round the Nürburgring at the weekend. Simply put, my British breaststroke in the slow lane was no match for the Australians ‘crawling’ up and down the pool.

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Melbourne City Baths [youonlyliveonce.com]


Back to the hotel and a well deserved nap before heading out for a wander down to Federations Square at 9:30 pm. Lively as ever there’s lots going on with the Winter Olympics being screened for all those not eating or partying, i.e. us.

A Greek street party down one of the side streets just off Chinatown complete with band and dancing finishes the night for us.