Holiday In Melbourne
Dreaming About Going Back

by Joe Fleming
(Sydney)

C'mere, You two

C'mere, You two

My wife and I were having a bit of a think about where we’d go to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.


Just the two of us for a change.

We’d had several fleeting visits to Melbourne in the past, maybe half a day here and there, while passing through.

The first was when we took a drive around Australia, discovering that it is the people that make a place. We’d hurried through Melbourne in order to get somewhere else for some reason.

The last one was in 2008, when we drove through to the dock to board the Spirit of Tasmania.

On the Spirit we shared a bottle of fun with an older couple who were headed for Tasmania for their twentieth time for a bit of togetherness and adventure. They weren’t married to each other, but I won’t mention that bit. Characters.

Melbourne characters.

‘Tell me something,’ I said. ‘How come we’ve been zigging and zagging all over the Bay and we haven’t gone through the Heads yet?’

‘Ah,’ says he. That’s because the ship has to follow the bed of the ancient Yarra River because the Bay is a Ria, a flooded river valley. Happened after the last Ice Age. It’s quite shallow.’

Thinking back on that trip settled it for us. Melbourne would suffer.

When we first arrived in Melbourne, wife announced that she’d forgotten to bring a nightie.

‘You won’t need one’, I said, but she can go remarkably deaf when she feels like it. We went straight to Queen Victoria Market and had fish 'n chips for a late lunch. She bought a nightie. We didn't need supper after that lunch!

Then it was up the Eureka Tower to do 'The Edge', a platform, made of glass which travels out about 12 feet or so and when you look straight down, you are at something like 900 odd feet above the street below. It's supposed to be scary, but it's only that if you're very young or a total virgin in all things.

Herself won $300 at Crown Casino, which is a bit grander than Star City, but then she lost it again. Doesn't know when to stop, that woman of mine.

We did a Crime Tour and visited all the Underbelly areas and sites, including Hoddle St where the massacre took place in 1987. The guy is coming up for parole soon and has boasted that he'll do it all again. I hope the authorities are listening.

One infamous character had a fondness for hot chocolate and we were taken to the French cafe which serves it. I'm not surprised he liked it. They dissolve real bars of chocolate in it. Delicious. About a 6-hour tour. Lots of bad guys in Melbourne.

There was the Jail Tour. It began when we were ‘arrested’ and sent to the Watch House. I thought I was back in the Army again and said so. Loudly.

The female sergeant got everyone under control really quickly, but, for some reason, she didn't pick on me or Bev! Not until much later when I got a hug. Her name was Wendy and she was an actress employed by the tour, but I think she understudied either a drill sergeant or a real admissions sergeant. Her language was not quite as authentic as the real thing, stopping just short of the 'F' and 'C' words. She singled out some silly people.

'Hey, you! Yes, You. Change places with the air-head down at the back. Get your arse up here, air-head. MOVE.' And so it went on. There were about three 'place-changes'.

'Fifteen' is a restaurant planned originally by Jamie Oliver, who trained the chefs. The food is excellent. Nuff said. It didn't take us long to make em laugh and to make friends. A great feed.

We were in Melbourne for three nights.

Would I go back again?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Was there a ‘down’ side?

Yes.

I’d need to do a TAFE course in order to buy the proper ticket on a tram. I found that bit quite tricky.

The best bit?

Dreaming about going back to day one and doing it all again.

Reply SuperNan

Hi Joe,

Wow that was great!

You two are welcome back here anytime! Let me know when you are due back and I will make sure that we meet. I would love to show the two of you around as I think you guys would be so much fun.

Regards,
Marylyn(SuperNan)


Comments for Holiday In Melbourne
Dreaming About Going Back

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Oct 02, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Public Transport Melbourne
by: SuperNan

Hi Guys,

Next time you intend to come on down check out this page on my website...

http://www.family-getaways-melbourne.com/metlink.html

It explains the Metlink system. If you are still confused just contact me, SuperNan, and I will help!

Regards,
Marylyn(SuperNan)

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Things To Do In Melbourne.

A Recent Article That You May Find Of Interest

  1. FATHER'S DAY AT THE EAGLE

    Aug 16, 17 09:11 PM

    This Father's Day treat Dad to something different! Instead of the usual socks and jocks, why not get out of the house and spend the day soaring with Dad to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsu…

    Read More

Let's Keep In Touch On A Regular Basis
Never Miss Out on What's New!

Keep up to date with what is going on as new content is added to the site.

Subscribe to the Free Monthly Newsletter.

Just fill in your details and enjoy Melbourne Up To Date News.

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure and I have no intention of flooding your inbox with loads of rubbish.

Do unto others I say and I certainly don't appreciate spam so no doubt you are the same.

If perchance you do hear from me more than once a month it's because I will have something incredibly important to share with you.


Follow Family Getaways Melbourne On Pinterest

Our Pinterest Boards

Click Any Social Media Button And Follow

Family Getaways Melbourne on Facebook button
Family Getaways Melbourne on Instagram button
Family Getaways Melbourne on Twitter button
Family Getaways Melbourne on Google+ button