22nd December, 2017.
As it is just a short hop from Tasmania to Melbourne, we decided to spend the Christmas period visiting our youngest daughter, Amy, leaving our caravan at Old Macs Farm which is only a 15 minute drive from Launceston Airport where we could park our vehicle in the long term car park for the duration of our time away.
All went to plan and we were dropped off by shuttle at our Hotel by 11 a.m. After settling in, we caught a tram which would take us to Richmond where Amy works. She met us at the tram stop and took us to her workplace to show us around and meet her boss and co-workers before taking us to lunch at a local restaurant. As she had to work till 3 p.m., we entertained ourselves for the rest of the afternoon wandering the streets of the inner city and taking in the sights, though the shopping crowds were a bit hard to take.
The Town Hall was festively decorated.
Flinders Street Station was just as I remembered it.
While Erich was taking photos, these two young guys decided they would be perfect subjects. No idea who they were but it was nice to see people being friendly and happy.
St Pauls Cathedral.
The laneway eateries were doing great business.
Lots of interesting graffiti in some of the quieter lanes.
23rd December, 2017.
We had arranged to meet Amy after lunch so spent the morning wandering the city streets and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.
St Pauls Cathedral from a different angle.
We hopped on the free City Circle tram outside Flinders Street Station and headed on the western loop.
We got off at a stop close to the Victoria Markets and wandered through the various food emporiums packed with shoppers buying their Christmas goodies.
However, as we weren’t buying anything and the crowds were getting a bit much, we headed down Elizabeth Street in search of some lunch. We found a Vietnamese style baguette cafe where we had a quick lunch of Bahn Mi, then more sightseeing around the inner city streets.
We loved the old arcades with their quaint shops and beautiful decorations.
This Team Room was so popular that people were lining up outside for a table.
Erich had decided that his mobile phone was on its last legs so we spent 45 minutes waiting to be served at the biggest Telstra Shop in Melbourne.
24th December, 2017.
Christmas Eve and we travelled out to Prahran, where Amy lives, to meet her for lunch and have a look at her local markets before checking out the house she shares with two other girls.
I have no idea who posed for this but he looks a bit shocked.
The girls share a typical Melbourne house with the original pressed metal ceiling in the dining area.
Opening onto a small private courtyard at the rear.