Yay they are here, having arrived at 1.45 yesterday we took two cars to the airport to collect my mum, my sister Jennifer and my nephew Alek. Crossing fingers I didn’t get any speeding tickets for the trip to the airport.
Last night was a subdued night, a nice home-cooked meal and a few episodes of Stargate SG-1 to bring mum up to speed (we have the whole season here to watch).
Today it was off to the city for a look around. While Alek at 7 is the most widely travelled of us all, this is mum and Jennifer’s first time to Melbourne.
We parked at Crown Casino ($5.00 full day after 9am) and walked part of the way into the city. Hopped on the free City Circle tram up to Federation Square. Once here we SMSed a message to the boards at Fed Square “Welcome to Melbourne, Mum, Jennifer & Alek”.
After we marvelled at this wonderful sign for a while we went into the TV50 a celebration of years of television at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, an amazing display of TV items, including a wall of 798 TVs showing footage from shows throughout the decades.
The most amazing thing to me was that TV arrived in Britan a full 20 years before it made it to Australia. That’s a long time to be without a set.
The exhibition is free and runs to Sunday, October 1, 2006.
From there we went to the Apple Centre, as you do, just for a look around and touch pretty things… then on into the city for a bit of walking around.
We went to Haigs, then Max Brenner then all the way back to The Pub at Crown for lunch.
Quite a full day for their first day in Melbourne… but we have much, much more planned.