Keith, the elderly Yorkshireman we met on our Tour du Mont Blanc last year, dropped in this week for a quick visit en route to Queensland. What to show a fit and healthy 81 year old walking fanatic in one day???
We plan a route from Elwood into the city and back that combines walking with tram travel (a very Melbourne experience). First off, we walk to St Kilda along the bayside path – with whitecaps ruffling the normally flat bay waters:
Turning inwards, we admire the twin St Kilda icons of Luna Park and the wonderful Palais Theatre, which is thankfully undergoing much needed maintenance work to ensure its glory lives on. As I stand to watch Keith take his photos I am reminded of the time Abby was a little girl and we took her to Luna Park in Sydney. She gazed up at the Sydney face and puzzled “Why is their man smiling but our man looks cross?”. She is right you know, the two entrances portray quite different emotions.
Climbing to the terrace that encircles the top of the Shrine we get 360 degree views. Looking up St Kilda Road the new development adorned with the face of William Barak draws the eye – an inspired architectural landmark for the city.
Through Birrarung Marr, which is full to bursting with stalls set up for the Night Noodle Market (here’s a tip – avoid the crowds and queues and go for lunch on the weekend, there was almost no one there and most of the stalls seemed to be up and running).
Block Arcade has some new sculptures to admire:
before we nip into Koko Black for an iced chocolate to revive the flagging spirits:
Then we catch the light rail back to St Kilda, and a short walk home. Still so much to see – it will have to wait for his next visit. Hopefully, he has enjoyed his whistle stop visit to Marvellous Melbourne.