The next morning we got up and drove from Albury to Melbourne. We got to the bed and breakfast that was recommended to us, The Georgia Court. I am not sure if it had changed since those people had been there but it was not what we expected. We decided to do something instead of sit in the small room, so we decided to drive down to Phillip's island to see the penguin parade that I had seen adverstised in one of the brochures we picked up when we stopped along the way and got a map for the Melbourne area. We drove two hours and when we got there we were stopped and told that we were supposed to buy tickets ahead of time as it was full. So we turned around and crossed the bridge back to the mainland. We went to the beach and just enjoyed that for a little while. Then, we had dinner in San Remo at a pizza place and drove back to our bed and breakfast about 10p.m.
|At the beach since Phillip Island Penguin Parade full|
There we went to Ian Potter Center and the art gallery. They had an exhibit on the Aboriginal people and there art which was beautiful. Also, even more informative after our lesson in Katoomba with the owner of the art gallery that is all Aboriginal art. I really grew to appreciate it.
|At Federation Square|
We decided after that to go on a river cruise. It was hot and we didn't know exactly what to do next. We happen to just catch the next boat that was going so we didn't have to wait at all. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit about Melbourne and how it developed and is still developing.
|Tons of bridges cross the Melbourne River. This 1 had sculptures along way.|
After that we went looking for the Theremin. It was talked about on NPR and Mom heard about it and told us we should look for it. It is this musical object where it uses sound waves created by motion of like bodies in front of it to create different sounds. It was not easy to find, but we finally found it. It had been spray painted. It also didn't seem to react as well to the motions like it did when it was first set up (I saw a video on it). It is sad that people have to ruin things.
New Year's Eve Day we went to Rippon Lea which is another mansion that Dad had heard about. They have volunteers that work there. We had a young man that gave us a tour. It was just Dad and I. They had this large covered area outside that had all types of plants. Kind of like a greenhouse, but it was huge and it was not made of glass. They also had a grotto, but it had water that was leaking in so we didn't go in it. The pond was this weird green color. It was some sort of algae. They still had events like weddings in the ballroom that is next to the pool. That night we went to see the movie "We Bought a Zoo." We went back to the casino to watch it. When we got done Dad wanted to hang around outside of the casino to watch the fireworks because we heard they were having early fireworks, but we apparently just missed them, so went back to hotel. Then when midnight came we had the TV on so that we could watch them both on TV and I could see them out our hotel window too. Even though the Opera House in Sydney is super famous and always on TV I would not want to be in a huge crowd like that.
|Rippon Lea mansion|