Arrival Day Help
#10 Posted : Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:19:31 PM
According to the locals I know who have taken one of the variety of Colonial Tram Restaurant trips available, they say the best time to go is for lunch and that the food is surprisingly good for a tram! They advice lunchtime because you can see where you are going. An alternative to the organised trip is to catch a ride on the free, City Circle tram. http://ptv.vic.gov.au/route/view/1112
You can catch it from Flinders Street, which if you look at the map is ... as the crow flies ... almost directly opposite the hotel on the other side of the river. Another alternative, one I often enjoy in a foreign city, is to buy a tram ticket and just go. The Number 8 route, travelling down St. Kilda Road, through South Yarra, to Toorak and beyond might be very entertaining on a variety of levels. If you missed Haight Ashbury because you blinked ... , take a tram down Brunswick Street. That bohemian environment goes for miles and miles!
It all depends on why you do anything when you are travelling and your state of mind when you do it. Apart from appreciating the skill in producing it, I happen to think Mount Rushmore is one of the most twee things I've ever seen. But Americans seem to like it which is why, no doubt, Tauck take their tours there. I was the only foreigner on that trip. I spent my time checking out the state flag for Hawaii, complete with it's Union flag of the UK in the corner. History I love. Large images on mountains, not so much. Doesn't mean I don't appreciate the amount of dynamite involved in construction. ;)
And as for food on trams .... by the time you leave Australia you should have discovered what Australian travellers to the States think of many of the things they ate along the way. I know, survival is all. Needs must. So you eat stuff you'd never dream of eating at home. And hope your arteries recover after a couple of months on a regular diet. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Doesn't stop me looking, though.
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