Going For Gold
Trip Start Aug 06, 2011
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In the immediate area of her Northcote address, Carol C claimed to have no knowledge of the "OMG I Won Gold" tags that were showing up at an alarming rate but does anyone really keep turpentine in the medicine cabinet?? Before settling into the Melbourne area, the OMG Tour did a victory lap that had us in Queenscliff for a couple of days and took us on a car ferry to Sorrento along with most of the Aussie "bikey" population. It turns out they were all headed for a weekend of motorcycle racing at Phillip Island but Carol was convinced that they were part of a motorcade for the OMG Tour so we let her have her moment doing the Queen's wave out the car window. The towns we stopped to visit all seemed to do an admirable job in maintaining their historical architecture and ambiance.
Back in Melbourne we did wander through the downtown area and ended up in the heart of the sporting complex that makes Melbourne, under those aforementioned gallons of spray paint, a very live-able city (the Sports Museum was well worth a visit despite making absolutely no mention of the Australian Ice Hockey Team). The riverside cafes and restaurants mixed nicely with rowing clubs, running tracks and various other outdoor options- they may be missing the boat with respect to rampant graffiti but the city fathers are doing a great job of building a city that supports work and play (and spray?) in equal measure. We did have one short circuit when the earnest staff at the Melbourne Aquarium refused to allow us to do their quasi-scuba underwater 'Walk With The Sharks' (after learning of the performance enhancing stimulants that Carol hadn't yet weaned herself off of??). I still think we would have got in if she had pulled out the gold medal she carries with her but she was afraid that somebody might insist she wear it underwater (no water, sunlight, wind, dust, fingerprints, etc allowed).
For DH, Melbourne was less about touring around and more about catching up with a good friend on her new home-court particularly after her monumental achievement in London (and holding an Olympic gold medal was a bonus- even if Carol did make us wear white gloves before touching it).
We had a good time in Melbourne and, after meeting a number of her new friends, we "reckon" we understand why Carol is so happy in her Aussie home.