And then there was the eating...we had read in a travel book that Hopetoun Tea Rooms was THE place to have tea or a meal. So we enjoyed breakfast here one morning. Breakfast in Melbourne is quite the adventure. The commuters come off the trains and then head for Degraves Street where they choose from one of the many restaurants a delicious brekkie! Restaurant employees/owners are standing outside their shop inviting you to come and try their wares. Sister Smith had a plan though and each day it was something and someplace different.
|Our great leader Sister Smith. The one on the left. :)|
|Instead of the usual "Break Glass in case of Fire" here is the actual water hose and turn on to put out a fire - Elder is ready for any emergency!|
We stopped by the candy shop to watch them make these cute little Santa candies, then on to the Kola Black shop for the best hot chocolate anywhere - made with lots of cream and dark cocoa. We love Elder and Sister Smith!
|Melbourne is full of interesting sculptures - no purse snatcher would be successful and Sister was looking to see if there was any extra money so she could buy more souvenirs to take home.|
One of the large department stores had the windows decorated just like in NYC. These school children with their cute hats were on an excursion and got to watch the animated story of Santa and the 3 Bears as it was displayed in 5 shop windows. This is the main train station - Flinders Station. Between 7:30am and 9am the commuters pour out of this building.
|Apparently they had built a new library and this was commemorating the old one.|
More unusual sites - yarn bombing. Knitters and crocheters of the world have decided to knit coverings for statues, bike racks, and even this sign pole. It's all about making the world a beautiful place. Sister Feil will not be participating, because she is trying to finish all the knitting projects for grandkids!
|We went to see Les Miserables one evening at the theatre. We all cried when he sang "Bring Him Home" and enjoyed the acting and singing talent of a member of the church playing the part of Cosette.|
|Every morning a delicious brekkie. Aussies do a beautiful job of poaching eggs. They are always absolutely perfect. We will practice that skill when we return home.|
|Elder Feil is waiting with the commuters. Melbourne is beautiful in spring as they prepare for Christmas. Elder was able to bust out the jandles.|
When pigs fly!
We managed to take a tram to the beach/port area of Melbourne. Only Elder Feil remembered his hat on a warm sunny day, but Bishop Jeffree and Brother Smith each had a hankie and with a little Aussie ingenuity, they protected their heads from the sun. As we walked to the modern museum, Bishop decided to borrow Sister Feil's hat. An example of sharing with friends.
|This will be printed in black and white and titled "Man in Museum". We think it may be famous in a few years and worth lots of money!|
The Melbourne architecture is as varied as Sydney. Old and New side by side. Sister Feil loves clocks and this display was right up her alley.
Horse and carriage rides seem to be the fun thing in many large cities, and turn your computer to see this pigeon torturing this respectable statue honoring a former leader and founder of Melbourne.
The Yarra River which runs through downtown Melbourne provides sculling and boating opportunities for the community. There were many teams practicing at 7am. We just arrived a little late for the photo shoot.
We did not use a car at all and traveled everywhere by tram and bus. Sometimes, we just got on any tram and took it as far as we could and then decided where we wanted to go from there. We did that because we were getting tired of walking and riding the tram was rest time.
This was a city of magnificent old structures with did not do well in an earthquake. They are struggling to not only repair but to retrofit for any future problems. After the quakes, they put everything in these storage containers. As they finish rebuilding, they are able to clean out the containers and restart their lives. Not sure of the reason for this, but this is two volkswagon fronts put together to form one car. You can't tell if he is coming or going. :)
|Artists always find the humor and make beauty out of rubble. Look closely and don't get confused by the perception.|
|Even the car parks aren't always what they seem to be...|
|This was our mode of transportation for our tour of Christchurch. We were on here for so long, the bus driver became our friend. :)|
|On the bus with another interesting sign. We believe it has to do with the lowering of a step for disabled travelers.|