We were back in Melbourne but this time to see the sights and not to sell a van. We still had the Wicked camper for one more day so after a lovely evening meeting Iain and enjoying a meal out the next day we got directions to the one and only Ramsay street! Neither of us are big neighbours fans but it was a cool place to see, looks a lot smaller in real life. We met the security guard of the street who ensures no tourists are wrecking the area. He was really friendly and delighted in giving us the low down of who's house was who's, we were glad we hadn't paid for a tour!
Iain was great at telling us some cool places to see in the city and it was amazing to have a base to come back to each night with our own space and kitchen to enjoy! Unfortunately I got a cold so wasn't feeling 100% for the week, we couldn't do our usual of walking around for hours on end unjust didn't have the energy. Luckily we had a full week and took our time enjoying the uber cool streets that reminded us of nicer areas of London. We went to Chapel street, Brunswick street, china town, st kilda (where we were staying) the whole of the CBD and the MCG three times! The reason we went back so many times was because the first visit was to watch an AFL match, the second was to do a tour and the third (after speaking to Danni) was to see the museum. The museum was brilliant with loads of sporting memorabilia and an interactive section. James was getting a bit ancey when a group of primary school kids were hogging all the interactive bits. Finally they left and we got to enjoy it with a group of 80 year olds, they kept clear of us and our competitive nature!
We had a night at the casino, bowling with some of Iain's friends. It was really fun but our team lost. On the up side James persuaded a barmaid he should win a free Heineken bag in exchange for his unwanted Heineken caps that he had won! I managed to meet up with Jennie and her husband in little Italy for a delicious pasta and gelato and a great catch up!
We went to the ACMI museum which has interactive video games-can you see what draws us to these museums?! And I paid the extra to visit the Hollywood costumes which was really interesting.
On our last day we made it to war memorial (another Haynes tip!) which had great views over the city and really is a lovely memorial. For our last evening we went to chapel street for a cheap and yum pizza with Iain and Jen and they even dropped us at the airport for our really upper class Tiger airways experience!
Melbourne is a great city and feels more cultural than the rest of Australia. We really enjoyed our stay despite getting a bit ill!