|13 Nov 2006 - Road trip with Trev - day 5, the city|
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|Puffing Billy|| ||Us on puffing billy|| ||Strange place for a toilet!|| |
|Today was our last full day in Melbourne. It was absolutely freezing. First of all we went up to Puffing Billy - an old steam train. It was pretty cold because the sides are open so that you can see out, but it's worth it because you go through some lovely foresty areas. I was impressed that kids were allowed to sit on the windodw sills with their legs hanging outside the train, hanging on to a bar! Wouldn't be allowed to do that at home. At the first road intersection we were waving at people in their cars and standing beside the track. Then at the second we did the same and thought two of them looked familiar, then when we got to the third we realised that one man and (presumably) his daughter were following the train in their car and getting out to wave at all the intersections and stations! It was really funny - they even got a cheer as we got further on. Anyway, we really enjoyed it despite the cold.|
Next was a lookout that Trev took us to - it was good but the rain drove us away. So we went to the Ricketts sanctuary which is a woody area full of beautiful carvings of aboriginal people. It's very nice and peaceful (but cold) and we walked around for a while despite the wind. We were a little bit worried when we returned to the start and the lady said she'd now closed it until the wind died down as it was dangerous!
Our last outing was to the city which we liked. We had a look at the river and walked around the town. Then we went up to the observation deck on the Rialto building and looked out at the city. It was a really good view and you could look through binoculars if you wanted to see anything in more detail. After we left Trev told us how when his dad had worked there he'd been in the lift when a cable snapped and it fell almost all the way to the bottom of the lift shaft. Luckily they have spikes or something that pop out and stop it. Hmmm. Funny how he didn't tell us that earlier.
When we got back Trev's mum had cooked us a lovely roast lamb and lemon pudding. It was delicious and they had sparkling white wine and a birthday cake for my birthday! It was so nice of them. And really good to have a proper home cooked meal for a change. We both made the most of it and ate loads. Then we watched the Ned Kelly film with Heath Ledger in it before bed.