|A hotel in Bacchus Marsh|
|The Anglican church in Bacchus Marsh|
Then it was back on the road and heading south through lovely undulating countryside.
Our first stop in Melbourne was at the beach suburb of St Kilda. On a Sunday, the markets are operating, so we wandered around the stalls which were selling a variety of handcrafted items. We also wandered up the busy main street, checking out the shop windows. After a while DH suggested we move on to another old suburb, Prahan.
After walking around Chapel St for an hour it was time to head for our hotel in Richmond. Richmond is close to the city and has an excellent tram and train service. The hotel we stayed in was on the banks of the Yarra River and best of all, the trams stopped right outside. On our first night there (and all the other nights as well!) I enjoyed listening to the soft noise of the trams 'trundling' and swishing (it was raining) past the hotel. I'm a 'tram tragic'; trams were an important part of my childhood but were taken off Brisbane streets in early 1969, but my suburb 'lost' their tram service in December 1968. I'm still sulking about that! lol When we travel and visit a city with trams, DH (who was a tram conductor in his late teens) and I always get 'our fix' and have lots of tram trips.
|Luna Park; Amusement park in St Kilda|
|The old Palace Theatre in St Kilda|
|Tram heading towards the St Kilda business district|
|The markets along the esplanade at St Kilda Beach|
|A side street in St Kilda|
|Lovely old terrace houses in St Kilda|
|Driving up Chapel St, Prahan (and yes! another tram photo)|
|At our hotel; looking towards the bridge and the Riverwalk beside the Yarra River|
|The view as we leave the lift on 'our' floor of the hotel at Richmond|
More of our Melbourne adventures in future posts...