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We are staying in lovely, green, tranquil East Melbourne in serviced apartments. It is very comfortable here and we have everything that we need.
From the tourist information centre at Federation Square we selected some self-guided walking tour brochures including number 7: Elegant Enclaves. We all love walking and doing that with a purpose and with some information about the sights makes for an enjoyable morning.
As we set off from our apartment it started to rain so we ducked into our favourite nearby George Street café (the only one that’s open during this holiday period). We enjoyed sitting in the cosy café sipping coffees and playing a what if scenario game. In the game we tell each other what would be our ideal breakfast in a fantasy land with no repercussions caused by grains, sugar and other inflammatory foods. We go around the circle taking turns and then move on to lunch, dinner and supper. Our children surprised us by solely selecting sugary foods with no substance at all.
As the rain finished we set off on our tour gazing up at the formidable orange brick mansion called Queen Bess Row. When we passed it earlier it was set against dramatic grey skies and we imagined it was the scene of a cruel Dickensian orphanage.
The Cairns Memorial Presbyterian Church has been converted into apartments and this captured our imaginations. It’s very elegant looking!
Next we were passing the lovely Canterbury Terrace which is the longest terrace in Melbourne built in 1878, and we saw a man with his puppy in his front garden. We stopped so that our children could play with the puppy while we chatted amicably with the home owner. He was chuffed to know that his home is part of a walking tour.
I have visited Fitzroy Gardens several times and I was excited about sharing it with our children. They were underwhelmed by the fairy tree and miniature Tudor Village because they are fenced off.
We had a nice picnic lunch on the grass, including a lovely bottle of Bordeaux style wine.
We left my husband to doze under the tree while we set off to explore Captain Cook’s Cottage. Cook led the naval expedition that mapped the east coast of Australia. Our children were delighted to be able to dress in costumes from the 1750s and explore the cottage.
Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia.