Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
77Trip End May 21, 2011
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Through our explorations over the next few days we discovered that we really liked Melbourne and felt that it was one of the best cities we had ever visited
On our last day in Melbourne we took one of the iconic trams to St Kilda and relaxed by the sea front. We had read that Ackland St was famous for its cake shops so we thought that we had to try the cakes in order to fully experience this area. After a stressful and over-long decision-making session, we made our choices and savoured each mouthful whilst quietly regretting not having made another choice....
Following the advice of a local guy who works at the hostel, we went to a nearby family-run cinema and watched ‘The Town’. It was possibly the smallest cinema we had been in with only about 25 seats in the room. Cosy. It was an interesting film too which stopped Paul from viewing Ben Affleck as a cheesy actor.
Unfortunately, a chunk of our time in Melbourne was swallowed up by trying to arrange transport and accommodation for the Great Ocean Road adventure we had planned. It proved to be a tricky experience as the campervans were booked up and many of the cars were very pricey. Eventually we found something but it was a lesson that we were travelling now in a busy tourist season and needed to be organised. Gone were the easy days of turning up in a new place and having the pick of the hostels. Sigh.
When we picked up our car, we simply had to drive in slow traffic in the pouring rain to Ramsey Street. It just had to be done. It was pretty cool to see something which is on the other side of the world but oddly familiar. We could picture Harold Bishop walking down the drive to get his morning paper and say hello to Dr Carl. Yet it wasn’t long until we felt that taking pictures of stranger’s houses was a bit wrong, and could easily be misread by a neighbourhood-watch member, so we left and entered the slow crawl out of the city.
IIf you put the following link into your browser then you can see a small clip from our time in the ACMI: