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February 2nd 2018
Published: February 4th 2018
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Author posing in gardens

Charlotte has a day's holiday today. She works in the public service sector (Melbourne Fire Service) and can accumulate an extra day of holiday a month if she works an extra 20 mins a day. A good scheme! The weather today is sunny and warm (23 degrees) with a breeze. Perfect weather for sightseeing.

Under Charlotte's supervision we boarded a tram and alighted at the Shrine of Rememberance. This is a very impressive building set in gardens. There is a lot of symbolism in the architecture which is designed to remember the dead service people in the two world wars. The Ausies regard remembering the service people as very important and are very reverent. There were a lot of tourists at the shrine many of them of Asian origins and I wondered how they regarded references to the Pacific campaign. We next walked to the Botanical Gardens and strolled round the huge area which was stunning. The C. O. and I are not skilled gardeners but we like to be in beautiful places. We think it suits us. We stopped for lunch at an open air cafe in an idyllic setting close to a lake. We were enjoying
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Attacker, I think looking smug.
our food and drink and relaxed. Suddenly Charlotte was a victim of a bird attack which stole a piece of cheese hanging out of her sandwich. We all took defensive measures to protect our rations from any friends he may have with him.

We next walked to the National Gallery of Victoria. This gallery was over a number of floors and had an eclectic mix of exhibits some traditional and some quite quirky.

We trammed back to the appartment having walked a lot for one day. We treated ourselves to a fish supper at an open air pavement table at the Saltwater Grill that was fairly local. The food was very good and we thought, well deserved?

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Shrine of Rememberance

Annie & Charlotte in front of shrine. Waiting to be worshipped.
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Shrine of Rememberance

This photo has been included as apparently all this hillock raises up to allow vehicles to enter just like a James Bond movie.
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Melbourne Biological gardens

Another beautiful spot
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Melbourne Botanical Gardens

Close to where the attack took place.
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Chippy fun

A trap for the unwary.

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