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Published: February 28th 2019
After a 33 hour trip (total time, including a 15 hour leg from Los Angeles to Melbourne) from Fredericton. NB, Canada , I finally arrived in Melbourne. Was not a good start to my trip since my luggage did not make one of the legs. (It came today). I left Canada at the end of a typical Feb winter storm, landing in Melbourne in the middle of a late summer heat wave. Was 30 the first day, going to 36 and 37 this week. I never plan any activity the first day as I need to acclimatize and situate myself. I did walk around and saw a few sights. My hotel was near Chinatown so had to see what that was all about. Pretty much as it sounds! I managed to eat an authentic Chinese meal that first night. Embarrassed to admit this but I did ask for a fork. I also refrained from the boiled intestine for some reason.The only other thing I saw in my sights as I walked around was the intriguing street art contained in many of the small lanes. Some call it graffiti, others art, but it sure is impressive. There are probably 15 or 20
of these lanes, well-known for the artistry, in downtown Melbourne. It is an interesting way to spend part of a day. In fact, my second day was also spent searching out these hidden lanes to see the art work. On day 2 I also visited the Queen Victoria Market. An impressive market with over 600 vendors of all shapes and sizes. Apparently it is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Not being much of a shopper, I purchased the mandatory Australia baseball cap and of course the nicest
fridge magnets as souvenirs for Suzanne! Always thinking of you dear.
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