Location – Melbourne, Australia

Location – Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Zoo

We rose a little later this morning and opted to eat a light breakfast in the room because we were going to be meeting the family for brunch around 11.30am.  We ordered some toast and eased into the day – doing our daily coaching review and getting ready.

We were meeting the family at The Blue Train restaurant on South Bank (http://www.dimaeats.com/bluetrain/index.html) – a 20 minute walk from the hotel.  We opted to walk because we wanted to take some more pictures of some of the Melbourne landmarks on the way.

Indeed, The Princess snapped quite a few “frames” and the walk took us a little longer than planned.  However we enjoyed the beautiful spring day and the “peek” inside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Southbank (http://www.melbourne.com.au/southban.htm) was busy today (being a Sunday) – lots of markets and street performers bringing the place to life.  As we were walking around one of the markets we surprised my parents (they didn’t see us) in one of the markets. We continued to the restaurant but none of us knew where it was so we needed to be guided in by my sister via phone (thank God for mobiles!!).

Most of my extended family made the trip into the city for brunch (quite a drive for some of them) and we all enjoyed a wonderful time together eating a lovely brunch overlooking the Yarra River (http://www.yarrariver.info/) and the Melbourne CBD.

After a lovely family get together we said our goodbyes and The Princess and I went off in search of more adventures and photo opportunities.  We continued our walk along South Bank and took in the spring racing carnival festivities and the different views of the city.  Melbourne has changed so much over the past 10 years and it was great to be able to explore some of the new developments.

We walked to the very end of South Bank, past the new berth of The Polly Woodside (http://www.pollywoodside.com.au/) tall ship and on into a recently opened shopping precinct. We took a walk around the shops and enjoyed switching our minds off.

We took a slight different route back to the hotel (through the city) and arrived back in the hotel around 6.00pm.  We relaxed for a while before deciding to go out in search of an Italian restaurant – The Princess was keen for some more pasta.  She would fit in well in Melbourne as it has a very big Italian influence.

The restaurant we chose for supper was just around the corner from the hotel.  The Spaghetti Tree (http://www.spaghettitree.com.au/) restaurant caught our eye as we walked by and we are really glad we chose to eat there.  The food was sensational and the service was exceptional.  Our waitress (Kristi) was a Korean girl that was living in Melbourne while she completed her masters degree.  She had a beautiful demeanour and we really enjoyed talking our trip to Korea earlier this year.  She was so happy to talk to someone that had been to Korea.  We had a lovely evening and, after a short walk, arrive back in the hotel around 10.00pm.

Back to Hong Kong tomorrow so into bed for sweet dreams and some rest before departing tomorrow.

Have your own sweet dreams! And keep an eye out for our next adventure to some distant place on the globe.

Roey and The Princess

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