08.12.2012 - 09.12.2012 37 °C
Having gotten a feel for Melbourne on Friday, we revisited the market on Saturday morning to find some breakfast. After weaving through the narrow aisles of delis and shopfronts, we found a shop selling enormous almond croissants- perfect for me, I've missed them since we left the UK 4 months ago! We had a lovely time sitting on some crates in the market, munching on croissants and watching the world go by. As it was Saturday, it was incredibly busy and lively- lots of musicians, performers and an extra helping of tourists. We picked up some fruit and set off to the beach at St Kilda. After a stressful hour trying to pay for and get on a tram to the beach, we eventually found ourselves at the beachfront. Given that it was a 37 degree day the beach was pretty packed, but we enjoyed a stroll along it and a rest sitting on a grassy mound looking out at the jet skis and swimmers.
Eventually the heat got too much, and we headed off to find icecreams, which we did at Cold Rock- my first visit! Cold Rock is possibly the best thing ever on a hot day- dozens of icecream flavours to choose from, with dozens more things that you can have mixed into your icecream- I went with maltesers in mine. Having enjoyed the air conditioning and icecream, we jumped on the tram back to the CBD. Arriving back in the city centre, we were met by a strong blast of cold air coming down the street- it turned out to be the start of some much fresher weather. It was a pretty bizarre experience- certainly not anything I've experienced before. The cooler weather brought with it a fairly spectacular sunset:
Sunday was a much cooler, fresher day- we spent it wandering around the markets and catching up on laundry (exciting!) before heading out to the casino in the evening. We had a lovely walk through the city, and enjoyed a quiet drink in the fairly spectacular surroundings of the casino. It was very different to star city in Sydney- much quieter and more understated. We had a great time people watching, and grabbed some dinner before heading back to the hotel to prepare for our trip to the Great Ocean Road the next day.