Friday, April 10, 2015

Australia - Tasmania / Melbourne - Day 10 (Part 2 - To do/see, to stay, to eat)

To do:
Random City Tour

Today is free and easy city tour taking the Free City Circle Tram Route 35 serviced by heritage W class trams decorated in special maroon and green with yellow and gold trimmings.. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks and major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.

Our first stop for the day is the Queen Victoria Market, highly recommended by his friend who used to study in Melbourne. I don't know why. Since we have no inkling what else to do we decided to give this place a try. I love the seafood sold there i.e the abalone, scallops etc so cheap and fresh. They even sell beef tongue here! and boy its was huge!
City tour
Due to time constraints we can only visit one more place of interest and we decided to look around the library and its packed with students studying. Apparently seat hogging is pretty common here as well (i.e students leaving their belongings on the seat but no person can be seen). But besides the library, there are art works which reminds me of the Louvre in Paris. There are so many reading rooms and intermingled among them are works of art. I am quite blown away by all this because by perception i always thought the library should only house books and seating areas. It just shows how young Singapore is as a country. I will definitely recommend Singaporeans to take a look at this library.
 
To Eat:

The Grain Store
 - 4.5 stars, mid-range

Ground floor, 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
The Grain Store
And we eat and drink and eat and drink and eat. This is a yummylicious cafe that makes me go ga-ga. All the dishes served are so well presented and furthermore the food is delicious. The coffee taste so good as well. Awesome!!!

Sadly we don't see alot of very good food with very good coffee pairings in Singapore. I will gladly move this food place locally.

All Must trys(all the food we eat).
Black forest Gateau
Portobello Mushroom and Gruyere potato rosti
Bacon steak with fried onion rings
Ricotta and passion fruit pancakes (i might have remembered wrongly for this dish)

Just writing this is already making me drool. So you can bet this is real good deal.

Manchester Press - Unrated
8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

The Hardware Societe - Unrated
118-120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

To move around:

Tasmania:
Recommend to drive around yourself. For us, we rented a car from Hertz with GPS. The GPS works quite well for us though there are times its unable to identify the place of interest. That's when you have to depend on the signages and interpret.

Alternatively, get a travel agent to help plan your itinerary with driver.

Melbourne: 
Take the airport SKYBUS 2-way to save on transport cost form airport to Melbourne CBD.
Take the free city tram service 35 to move about the city


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