Sunday, April 29, 2007


Here is the belated ANZAC Day post I intended to post on the night of the 25th, but didn't.

Mum and I went into the city after the parade had finished and visited the Shrine. Arriving after 1pm we managed to catch the very end of the service. As the crowds dispersed we went over to the eternal flame, where for some odd reason people were throwing coins into it as if it were a wishing well. I don't understand why they would do this, and I certainly do not approve, what a waste of money.

On the way back towards the city we were diverted around the St Kilda Road end of the shrine forecourt/ANZAC Avenue (we were diverted on the way in as well but didn't know why). It turned out that someone had left a bag behind and the bomb squad had been called to check it out. We got to watch the bomb squad robot empty the contents of the bag on to the ground before a police officer in a "bomb proof" suit came out to inspect it. luckily it was a false alarm.

By now we were hungry, and went to the Southgate for lunch, I ended up having a Nando's supremem chicken burger (or something like that). It was nice, especially the roll, but I still think I prefer Oporto. While the Nando's peri-peri is nice and hot which I like, I think I prefer the flavour of the Oporto chili.

After lunch it was onwards along the Yarra, past the Casino and the Exhibition centre and across the river to Docklands. It turns out that the Melbourne Maratime Museum, more commonly known as "The Polly Woodside" is closed, and the whole trail along South Wharf is due to be closed in the next month due to the nearby construction of the new convention centre and Hilton Hotel. Also to be constructed is a new footbridge linking the Exhibition Centre and the world Trade Centre.

After climbing the docklands hill to admire the view it was only a short walk to Southern Cross station and the train home. At Jolimont many Essendon supporters joined the train, the good news was that they had left game early as Collingwood was winning. That pretty much topped the day off for me.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

That southern bank of the river is very underused. I quite like it there and hope this construction won't spoil it.