Melbourne, Australia

25 05 2008

Melbourne, Melbourne and more Melbourne!

That’s what I’ve been seeing today. First of all, my dad decided that I – and also my mom – should experience going to the Queen Victoria Market on a tram.

At first, my dad asked the person driving it for the tickets but the man just pointed at the back. My dad didn’t get it at first but while we were walking to find a seat, he saw this man putting his ticket into this some kind of machine. My dad asked the man and he said we can get our tickets at the back.

As we walked, we saw a big machine which looks like a ticket machine. My mom went to get a seat while my dad tried to figure out the ticket-machine. He tried to follow the instruction but it was really confusing. He asked a teenager nearby how it worked and she practically did it for him.

After he got two adult tickets and one child ticket, we went to find a seat near my mom. We waited until we were at a stop near the market and got off.

We went inside and bought 3 boomerangs, 5 T-shirts and 8 packets of koala clips. Soon, the extra bag we brought to fill the shopping things in was full. We were satisfied and went home.

Later, my dad wanted to go to the Mornington Peninsula. It was a long drive from Parkville. I slept halfway there.

When we got there, there was a long – and I mean long – stretch of beach. The water was really clear. There were also lots of bathing houses of all shapes – especially colours! It was very, very colourful.

After that, we went to Schnapper Point. It was beautiful there. I could see big, orange jellyfish, starfish that looked like the glow-in-the-dark ones and a very, very large stingray. There were two people getting ready to dive. The oxygen tank was obviously very heavy.

Later, when we finished looking at the gigantic stingrays, we headed off to a nearby restaurant called ‘Schnappers’. The food there were very delicious. My dad ordered a plate of fish and chips, a cup of hot chocolate for my mom and a glass of milkshake for me.

Before we went home, my mom and I went to see where a narrow staircase leaded to. The staircase was actually leading to a small circular balcony where you can see the peer, the ocean and the bay itself. It was a beautiful sight.

The was another few steps leading upwards towards a monument. I insisted to go there and see what it was.

It was actually a monument meant for the memory of Captain Matthew Flinders (1748 – 1814) who was a navigator. That was another lovely view of the ocean and the peer.

There was also a compass like thing which shows the directions of certain places and its distance from there. Melbourne City was 42km from that point.

After that, we went to find the airport so that  we would not get lost on Tuesday night.

Later, we headed to Park Squire.

That was the end of the day. I really hope to go to Schnappes Point again!




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