Melbourne, Australia

 Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. It is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It’s renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Grounds. Melbourne is also the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries and spectacular coastline sights.  Today I took a self guided walking tour around the centre of town and through  couple of the lovely parks. In one of the, you can see Captain Cook’s house, transplanted from England. I then went to the Art Gallery of Victoria  Founded in 1861.  It has one of the most impressive collections in the southern hemisphere. The three floors of excellent international art offer everything from the ancient to the contemporary, with highlights including an extensive Asian art section and an Oceanic gallery dedicated to Pacific indigenous cultures. To see the NGV’s Australian collection, you have to go to the Ian Potter Centre at nearby Federation Square.

Southbank is the waterfront precinct along the Yarra River where you’ll find such prestigious cultural venues as The Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company and the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s also known for its restaurants and bars, and is usually packed with locals and visitors drinking, dining and watching the street performers.

I returned to the ship early as I think I am getting another cold.  We arrive in Sydney on Friday and on Saturday, I fly to Uluru ( Ayer’s Rock.)

Here are  a few pictures from this morning. They start with Southbank, the parks and Captain Cook’s house.

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