For the first day in Melbourne we started with what any good day should start with; coffee. (Or in Amy’s case, coffee and a chocolate croissant.) A stop in at Duke’s Coffee Roasters met that goal and then some. It is a very popular coffee place； the line was out the door. The menu was at the very end inside but nobody seemed to need to look at it. Guess everyone is regular.
墨尔本的咖啡店满街都是。不过既然只在这里呆两天半，那当然要去最好的咖啡店了。经过一翻网络调查，决定去一个叫做Duke’s Coffee Roasters 的地方。门帘不是很大，不过队排到门外马路上。我们在哪里早餐的1个小时，门外队就没有停过。做咖啡的连抬头的时间都没有。咖啡灰常美味。
From there we headed back to Federation Square, a starting point for a lot of the suggested walking tours. There was a lot of groups of students there on what looked like field trips. We hoped we wouldn’t be caught up in any similar activities.
Our walking tour for today involved a number of gardens, including the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. Countless photos of monuments, statues, tress, and flowers were taken. (Daryl went a bit overboard).
Amy with the Genie. 公园里有很多街头艺术品，我先来和精灵照一张。
Queen Victoria. 维多利亚女皇纪念碑。
Sidney Myer Music Bowl. 墨尔本的露天音乐会厂，我记得网上看到好多这里的照片。
There was a very interesting war memorial nearby that we spent some time in.
Planes were also in the air. (We are assuming for the F1 races taking place during the week)。
We also stopped in to a tropical green house in the gardens. We happened to be in town right when a Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) was blooming. It is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. It is also famous for its smell which is likened to rotting flesh.
This Titan Arum is currently growing at a rate of around 10+ centimetres per day, and it is estimated to reach between 2 meters in height. The flower will only last two to three days, so we were very lucky to see it.
Queue more botanical garden pictures. (I should also mention that the normally tranquil gardens had today, the addition of sweet melodies coming from the F1 engines.)
这棵树长得太奇怪了。This tree is so weird.
Finally out of the gardens we made our way back across the river for a quick bite to eat. Then crossed over again heading to the National Gallery of Victoria. We got really excited for a Chinese exhibit but turned out it hadn’t started yet. Oh well, they still had some very interesting stuff and best of all it was free!
两根香肠在亲嘴。Sausages are kissing???
We made our way over to Hoiser Lane. Supposedly one of the most photographed alleyways in the world.
It was finally time for dinner. Well, an early dinner. A lot of the popular places in Melbourne will not take reservations. They like the popularity gained from long lines/waits. We hit one of the most popular, ChinChin at 5:15pm. A rather modest 15min wait (which gave us lots of time to take in the street art.) We decided to splurge and try the “feed me” menu which consisted of 7 blind courses. All we have to say is delicious!
The line was out door the entire hour and a half we there.
Happy 20 months!
Until next time……