Well we did it, a 6km walk each way from St Kilda where we were staying for a week in the school holidays! Such a beautiful place in the world & I'm so glad to finally have seen it for myself & of course taken lots of photos. The girls even had a swim in the water as the weather in Melbourne was glorious especially compared to 2 weeks of pretty solid rain in Sydney.
For the first few days we visited with some friends of our's who have relocated to Melbourne from the Blue Mountains & that was so much fun & awesome to catch up with them again in person & of course for all the kids to get reacquainted.
We then headed back in towards the City to St Kilda Beach for a week's stay in a gorgeous little apartment just a short stroll from the water, Luna Park & all the cafes. One could really get used to that lifestyle although I know we'd would really miss having the space of a backyard.
We spent the week playing tourists around the CBD taking many of the sights & attractions including the museum, the zoo, Queen Victoria Markets & the Shrine of Remembrance. We looked on as the ANZAC march finished up in the gardens near the Shrine & also attended the afternoon memorial service. Very special & moving indeed.
Lily & Mackenzie had a ball hopping on & off the trams as we explored the City. We also walked along the banks of the Yarra & took the free tram around the City Circle.
Most evenings, just as the sun went down, we ventured to the end of St Kilda pier to catch a glimpse of the little Penguins as they returned to the breakway to nest. We managed to get a few decent photos (very hard with no flash) but it definitely was lots of fun watching & listening to them as they shuffled around the rocks before settling in for the night.