April 12, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
We thought we’d get an early start this morning, but when we arrived in the Terrace at 7:15 a.m., there was not a seat to be had. So, we waited until about 7:50 and went back up. By then there was a place to sit.
After breakfast, we topped up the tram card at the office in the terminal. Then, we took off for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Garden. While we were waiting for the tram, we saw a mynah bird and the most colorful birds which we’ve seen on this trip. Patsy will tell you about them.
They were rainbow lorikeets.
The Shrine of Remembrance was originally built to honor that ANZAC troops who served in WWI. It now honors all service men and women who have served in any war. On 11, 11 at 11:11 there is a beam of natural sunlight which comes through the skylight which moves across the word “love” on the stone which is inscribed “Greater Love Hath No Man”. At this time of the year, they use a light beam to move across the stone at 11:11:11. I have had few of the memorials impact me like this did. The hair on the back of my head was standing on end. They had a narration that went with the light beam. It was truly affecting.
We did not have time to spend looking at all the exhibits, but I would say that it is on a par with the WWI Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. I think that we often forget about the Australian and New Zealand troops who have served in all the wars. I think we tend to think that we and the Brits were the only ones who were fighting in WWII and in the wars after.
From the Shrine of Remembrance, we crossed the street to the Royal Botanic Garden. We took the Australian Forest Walk and saw a good many trees which we had not seen before. The most interesting in a way was a red cedar tree which had no needles. Instead it had leaves. It sure didn’t look like any evergreen, we’d ever seen before. The Garden covered plants from the swamps to the desert and from sea level to alpine. It was a good morning just strolling along the paths.
After the Garden, we took the tram to the Dockland area of Melbourne where there is a black and white cow in a tree. The artist who did it is noted for his sculptures featuring cows. This one is intended to show what happens to a cow when there is a flood.
We had lunch at a little restaurant and then caught the tram back to the ship. We got back about 2. We both just collapsed and took it easy the rest of the day. Patsy took a nap before going off to trivia. I took a nap and read.
We went to supper at 6:45 and managed to beat most of the crowd. The ship was oversold for this cruise, and the dining rooms are overcrowded at mealtimes. We either need to go early to meals or late.
After supper, I edited pictures and Patsy read before going off to the show.