Another beautiful day down under, although it was a tad misty in the morning. After a bit of sleeping in during the morning, the group headed off to the Melbourne Museum at 10 am to see the amazing exhibits at this 21st century museum. We’re getting quite proficient on riding the trams and busses and know right where to go when we’re traveling on the “55” or one of our other favorite routes. Right next to the Melbourne Museum is the striking Royal Exhibition Hall:
Inside the museum, there were some interesting displays of aboriginal art:
Meanwhile, on the upper level, Lauren, Rachel and Alyssa almost got eaten by the giant armadillo:
We all took the tram back to the CBD and most of the students departed to do some shopping and studying. Kathy and I continued on the tram all the way down to the beautiful seaside beach area of St. Kilda’s, which is a very popular beach resort in the summer. From the Esplanade, the southern oceans beaconed:
Kathy and I both barely escaped Chuckie on steroids at the amusement park:
After such a harrowing experience, there was no alternative. We had to engage in some retail therapy to soothe our frazzled psyches. Luckily, there was an artisans market at the Esplanade with many very talented craftsmen/women. The St. Kilda’s artists market was spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed supporting the local economy before returning to the hotel to prepare for tomorrow’s first class.