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Year 5 Day 41 Melbourne Day 1

12 March 2012 | Melbourne, AU
Dave/Sunny
Today we slept in a bit and relaxed the morning away, after yesterday's long, long train ride. Given that we will be here for five days before moving on to Tasmania, we feel that we have enough time to explore the highlights of Melbourne and its surroundings and rest a bit also.

While we were resting, I was on the computer researching the fun things to do. Plus, I reread the list of things to look into doing that Heather and Phil, our new friends in Sydney, had put together for us. Based on what I read, I booked us on a tour of the area which concludes with a visit to Phillips Island. This is a nature park where each evening, hundreds of penguins hop out of the ocean and walk up the beach to their nests. This sounds rather unique so we wanted to make sure to see it. We will do this all day on Wednesday since it is a 13 hour tour with us returning to our hotel around midnight.

Once we were up and out of the hotel, we followed Heather and Phil's advice and walked across the street to where the city trolley stops. One of the unique things that Melbourne offers is a free old fashion electric trolley car that takes you all around the central business district. In the process, they announce each stop and what neat things are located at that stop. It is a great way to see and learn where things are.

It takes about 50 minutes to ride the trolley around the loop it makes of the CBD so it is a nice long ride. We took it to the far side of the CBD and got off at Queen's Street. From there we walked a couple of blocks over to Hardware Lane, where a number of upscale restaurants are located. I had wanted to take Mary Margaret to The Mill, which has a menu to die for and is rated one of the better restaurants in Melbourne. Alas, when we got there it was closed because today is a holiday in Melbourne (Labor Day). We ended up eating at a place called Pop's, which I recognized as being one of the places I had read about on the Internet and their menu looked interesting. Mary Margaret could not stop talking about how wonderful her Cab/Merlot was (Golden Ranges, Marlborough, NZ) while I enjoyed a delicious gazpacho. Unfortunately, as good as the start of our meal was, it was all downhill from there. Actually, our mashed potatoes and asparagus were very good, but the Kangaroo tenderloins we each had were so tough that it was not eatable. Mary Margaret has tasted Kangaroo before when we were in Tahiti and it was delicious and very tender. This time, we struggled to cut it, let alone eat it. We were so disappointed.

After finishing our dinner/lunch we walked over to the Coles Supermarket, which was located in an underground mall. There we bought a few staples since our hotel room has a full kitchen. We will augment our staples tomorrow when we go to the Queen Victoria market. The Vic, as it is called, is an icon in Melbourne. It is the largest market in this part of Australia with hundreds of stalls. It is so large and famous that you can even sign up for a tour of the market. Ha! Armed with Mary Margaret to guide me, I will be in good hands tomorrow!

We ended up returning to our hotel around 1600. While Mary Margaret snuggled up to a good book, I grabbed my camera and a Cuban and strolled over to the nearby park, which is situated along the north bank of Yarra River. Called Enterprize Park, it offers a great view of the riverboats as they pass by and barely slip under the bridges that cross the river. I will post a couple of the photos that I took above this blog.
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Vessel Name: Leu Cat
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA
Crew: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
About: Our goals are to spend the next 10 to 15 years cruising around the world and sharing this adventure with family and friends.
Extra: S/V Leu Cat is Lagoon 440 rigged for blue water sailing. It is 44 feet long with a 25 foot beam
Leu Cat's Photos - (Main)
Wedding and Reception photos April 18, 2015, Yosemite, CA
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Created 30 April 2015
Here are some pics that I took while visiting w/ my parents in the Galapagos Islands
22 Photos
Created 29 March 2010
Our Photos of this very magically place
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Created 21 September 2009
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Created 1 April 2009
A tour of St. Kitts that Mary Margaret and I did
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Created 7 May 2008
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Created 25 March 2008
Pictures of the sea life in the cut between Little Jost Van Dyke and Green Cay, BVI
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Created 17 March 2008
Here are a number of pictures of St. Maarten and the places we visited
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Created 21 January 2008
Photos of Nanny Cay
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Created 11 January 2008
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Created 9 January 2008
Join us as we explore the Spanish, American, and British Virgin Ilsands.
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Created 20 October 2007
To help get you ready to go sailing with us, we wish to introduce you to Leu Cat so you will know what to expect when you get here! Just click on the first photo and then use the "next" button to advance through this slide show.
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Created 19 October 2007
This is a collection of photos documenting our sail through the Windward Islands during May/June 2006 with our son, David Paul.
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Created 14 October 2007

Who: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
Port: Dana Point, CA