|Our last few days in Melbourne, so we did a few of the touristy things, the Melbourne Museum, mainly for Tony to see the Phar Lap exhibition (Phar Lap is a very famous race horse downunder for those up north!). The Museum also has the 'Neighbours' exhibition - ha ha. We briefly met up with Gary, Natalie and the kids at the museum as well, before catching the tram to Malvern suburb to visit Ange J and finally meet her and Thomas' daughter Sophia. I have to admit to feeling very clucky after meeting Sophia, she is gorgeous, just like a wee doll. We had another delicious home cooked meal (Thanks Ange) and way way too much fine red wine (Thanks Thomas). Needless to say Tony and I were very hungover the next day! We went for a great coffee with Ange at the Domain Cafe before she dropped us at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, where we spent a delightful few hours walking off the hangover. It was another stunning day in Melbourne. After walking around the gardens we made our way to the Shrine of Remembrance next door, where we saw a re-enactment of the ray of light service, which was actually quite a moving ceremony remembering the ANZAC soldiers from the two world wars. Also not a bad view of Melbourne from the balcony at the top.
Met up with Chris & Ange in South Bank for lunch, had a great meal at Le Camera $10 for main and glass of wine (although we were so hungover we had to have coke!!) said our goodbyes, but we are liking the fact that now when we say goodbye it is more like a see you later, now that we are much closer in NZ than London.
We headed on back to Helen and Dereks in Edithvale, cannot thank them enough for putting us up for our time in Melbourne. We had another fine meal out with them at Blu's restaurant at Patterson Lakes (which by the way has THE BEST sticky date pudding) and then before we knew it, it was time to go to the airport. I was feeling a bit emotional at the airport, I always am saying goodbye to Helen, but it was also a realisation that our travels are now over, and now it is back to the real world..... Next stop NZ....