Neighbours, Brighton, city
27.11.2012 - 27.11.2012 24 °C
Rain stops play. Heavy rain on Boris, thunder and lightning wake us. It's day 70 and this is our first real prolonged spell of rain to speak of. Not bad going. We have that lovely snug camping feeling and are very much tempted by a duvet day.
So it seems 'Around the world in 70 days' was not an accurate choice of title for the blog. Maybe it has to be 80 days and that is just that? Maybe Mr Palin is right. After 70 days travelling we are about half way around, but sadly we don't have another 70 to get back. Perhaps it should have been called 'Slowly to Australia and back'.
Nowhere looks overly inviting on a grey rainy day so it takes us a while to get out and about. We'd discussed options with Marcus the night before but given the weather decide to just do a quick driving tour of the city rather than parking up, taking the tram in and walking around.
We stick to the bay beach side up through Brighton and St. kilda, crossing over Albert Park and into Federation Square, pretty much the centre of Melbourne
No Melbourne visit would be the same without a picture of their lovely trams. A bit scary manoeuvring Boris around them but classically Melbourne icons all the same.
We've planned to meet with Nadine and Justin who we met in L.A. whilst we are here in Melbourne. They are now fellow Brightonians, albeit on different sides of the planet, so we head down that way again. The sun decides to get its hat on and we treat Dot and Finn to a session at the playground on the beach at St. Kilda.
Strangely I'm subjected to a second breath test in a week. Same sort of thing, total roadblock on a quietish road and absolutely everybody gets to blow through the plastic tube. I think I've only every been tested once in my whole life back home.
It's only now that we see the Melbourne skyline for the first time and it looks great set as a back drop to the beautiful Port Phillip Bay shoreline.
I couldn't resist a bit of a repeat of yesterday's blog entry when I saw the beach huts at Brighton. Fabulously bright colours with golden sand and clear waters of the bay. Not bad.
Melbourne is known less for its spectacular sights, although some would disagree, and more for its culture and village atmosphere in its numerous suburbs. We certainly felt good in both St. kilda and Brighton.
A great little spot, Brighton Baths and Spa, chosen by Nadine provided us with alfresco beer and dinner overlooking the beach and the sun setting to the West.