Our body clocks are really messed up! I seem to sleep for three hours and then can't get back to sleep. Iain doses off but wakens frequently. Today I tossed and turned, chatted for a while with Iain, tried to get to sleep yet again and then gave up at seven and got up. Made the day a lot longer, which was great.
We had a leisurely start to the day and headed into town late morning. We've now tried / intended to visit The Victorian Market three times and that's where we headed today. It's fascinating. A huge area covered with all sorts of stalls. We weren't really interested in buying any knick knacks or clothes, so we headed to the food part. It was fabulous.
The vegetable area was so colourful with all the vegetables and herbs - inlcuding lots that we've never seen before. Everything seemed huge and lush; gorgeous.
We were getting hungry so gravitated towards the stalls which were giving out food samples - cheese, hummus, wine. The selection of food was wonderful and we wished we'd been able to get there earlier when we could have bought gorgeous home made pastas and sauces. Mike and Rose could recommend the stall which sold Middle Eastern flat bread filled with various things like spicy lamb, spicy potato and vegetable and a cheese and parsley one. We bought one of them all and shared them between us for lunch. We sat at a table outside the market, in the sun, listening to a very mellow saxophonist playing nearby and just chilled. Cracker.
The weather had been forecast to be a bit mixed - a high of 27 degrees, but with the possibility of storms. However, the day turned out wonderfully sunny and hot and after Mike and Rose had done some shopping we met up again for a cold drink in Federation Square before heading home, intending to have a swim in the pool in the apartment block. That went by the bye. We had a cup of tea and Mike researched accommodation for us in New Zealand and first Iain fell asleep on the sofa and then I did, as well. Who knows how long we would have slept if Mike and Rose hadn't woken us to get ready to go and meet Kimberley! As it was, it was over an hour's deep sleep.
Kimberley is currently living in an area of Melbourne called Collingwood and didn't seem too impressed with the Southbank! She didn't know anywhere to recommend for a meal - maybe she was worried about choosing somewhere too expensive / whatever, so we walked back over to the river to the south bank where there is a good selection of restaurants. Being Friday, they were all very busy - we probably needed to book a table in advance - but we found space in the restaurant where we'd eaten before. Our second visit wasn't quite as good as the first but we were all so hungry it didn't really matter. One irritating thing we've noticed, both here and in Dubai, is that the staff don't wait for everyone to finish their meal before clearing the dishes; plates are removed as individuals finish. Very annoying!
It was lovely to see Kimberley and catch up with her news and we had a lovely evening with her.
Sydney tomorrow, so we'll need to be organised early. I'm hoping to sleep more than three hours!