Day 11 – Melbourne

Z had badgered us to visit the Sea Life Aquarium. We found the admission fees to be rather pricey but after reading the reviews on the awesome penguins’ exhibit, we took the plunge. We purchased the tickets online after the kind lady at SSMA office agreed to help us print out the tickets. There was a clause stating that we must show physical email of the tickets.

It was a short 10min walk to the Aquarium and we reached at the opening hour of 0930h.

The boys were feeling the egg shells of sharks.  IMG_8336.JPG

The exhibits were pretty, but not outstanding, probably because of the number of aquariums we had been to!IMG_8338.JPG

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I was rather impressed with the rainforest section where creepy crawlies and a crocodile were featured. Our favourite was definitely seeing so many big penguins so close to the glass wall.IMG_8342.JPG

By 1130am, we were done and walked over to Flinders street to check out our lunch options. We ended up at the Degraves street and tried ‘The Quarter on Degraves” upon seeing the crowd as well as some awards at the door. It was a great choice.

One of the best risottos I ever had, so much so that I was inspired to learn how to make risottosIMG_8351.JPG

Seafood linguine – just as fab!IMG_8350.JPG

Tucking inIMG_8349.JPG

 

After a very satisfying lunch, we took the city tram to the Melbourne Museum. The admission fees were a lot cheaper at $12 per adult and free entry for children below 16.

At the tram stop – it was scorching hot!IMG_8353.JPG

Seemed like marketing for Melbourne CupIMG_8356.JPG

 

At Melbourne MuseumIMG_8360.JPG

So many specimensIMG_8364.JPG

Pretty cool, high tech visual aids at the museumIMG_8363.JPG

Is this how we look for dinosaur bones?IMG_8362.JPG

Big Dipper – from Luna ParkIMG_8365.JPG

The Melbourne Museum was one of the best museums I had ever visited. The exhibits were extensive, the information was well presented and the visual aids were superb. We also learnt a lot of facts which we had not been interested in previously ourselves too. Z had a field day and learnt about evolution. It intrigued him that a fish could grow legs to suit the environment.

We left the museum at 430pm and took the city tram to DFO for more shopping. We managed to pick up soccer boots for Z at $30 from Adidas as well as Jeremy Scott Adidas shoes at a steal!IMG_8380.JPG

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We shopped for so long at DFO that the kids had a dinner of chicken katsu don at the food court. It was surprisingly good.

We were dead beat by the time we were done with shopping and walked back to the apartment.

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