This morning we were up early to get packed up as we will be catching the ferry tonight. At about 9:30 am we moved the Nissan and the van to the storage area for the day, cost $8.00, as we will not leave the park until 3:00 pm this afternoon. By 10:00 am we were in a cab heading into the City for a bit of shopping before we meet Kirrily for lunch. We started at Haigh's chocolate shop to get a few goodies for the grandchildren, then went to Michael's Camera Store so David could look for another Lens for his camera - he does have a birthday soon.
The saga of the camera lens is worth telling. David had been looking on the internet for the new weather proof 18-135 zoom lens specifically made for his Pentax K30 camera that is also weather proof. Prices range from $850 to $950, but David noticed that Pentax Australia had the Lens listed on their website at $550. At Michaels they quoted $850, and were somewhat annoyed when David suggested that they look at the Pentax website. They agreed to match the price, but were unhappy that they were being undercut by the manufacturer. After all that they did not have the Lens in stock, but it should arrive by post this week.
After completing our shopping we headed over to Flinders Street Station to meet Kirrily for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant on Southbank. Kirrily had Pan-seared Barramundi with Moreton Bay Bugs, Di had Salt and Pepper Calamari, and David had Seafood Linguini. While the meals were very nice, David's Linguini had too much crab still in its shell for his liking. With the meal we had an excellent Penfolds Cellar Selection Pinot Gris that disappeared so quickly we had to have second bottle.
Inside the Block Arcade
Haigh's Chocolate Shop
Buskers in the Bourke Street Mall - no visiblle means of support
Horses with carriage passing Flinders Street Station
me Bank signage on the old Daimaru Building
Di and Kirrily
Di and Kirrily - close up
We said our goodbyes to Kirrily and cabbed back to the caravan park to start our journey home. As usual we made our way to Beaconsfield Parade on the waterfront and parked near the Beach Hotel to pass a bit of time before we go along to Station Pier to line up for the ferry. Parking in Beaconsfield Parade is $4.70 an hour 7 days a week if you don't mind. After a drink at the pub we came back to the van and made ourselves a coffee before heading off to join the queue.
Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier
Parked on Beaconsfield Parade in Melbourne
The Beach Hotel
The check-in and boarding process seemed slower than usual, but we were amused by a couple of staff wandering around with a large tape measure, checking the length of all car/caravan combinations, no doubt checking up to make sure that all the caravans had declared the right combination length when they booked their passage. We eventually made our way onto Garage Deck 3 with the trucks. This trip we had booked a deluxe cabin that comes with a bit more space and a TV. When we booked the deluxe cabin we were expecting to watch election night proceedings so our own TV had some appeal. However KRUDD brought the election forward a week, so we ended up watching a fairly insipid performance by Carlton against the Sydney Swans.
Deluxe Cabin 1
Deluxe Cabin 2
Deluxe Cabin 3