Thursday, May 13, 2004

AUSTRALIA Day03//24.Jan.04 - The place to be: Melbourne

The day started off too early as we needed to catch a morning flight from Sydney to Melbourne. Except for the 1 hr or so spent in Queen Victoria's Market, everything else on the Melbourne city tour was a blur. Some of the sights (or sightings rather, as it was so fleeting) were the Cathedral, Botanic Garden, James Cook Cottage, and the Mint. The pace slowed down as we settled for dinner at Crown Casino by the Yarra River. Instead of being the usual cool, sophisticated hangout, there was an air of festivity at the Casino stretch. In conjunction with Chinese New Year, stalls have been set up selling all sorts of Chinese food and curios. There was even martial arts demonstration, traditional Chinese orchestra and even a lion dance! After soaking up all these sights and sounds, we called it a day and headed back to our hotel.


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