‘Refreshment for the Heart’
12 May 2019
|A slower paced day, today.
In the lead up to our tour starting tonight, we thought we’d have a slower paced day today but still managed to see a few interesting things.
After breakfast, we again caught the hotel courtesy shuttle bus to Canada Place where we stood in awe and looked at the 3 huge cruise ships currently docked there. Someone commented that the largest of the three (a Princess Line ship) carries 4,000 to 5,000 passengers!! Like a mini city!
As you can imagine, the area around Canada Place was heaving with tourists (complete with massive amounts of luggage) coming and going. Police were on duty at all intersections, doing a great job of directing the traffic.
We then thoroughly enjoyed our repeat visit to ‘Fly Over Canada’.
After getting out from this, we walked to the closest station and caught a train to Metro Park station in the suburbs where there was quite a large shopping centre - very similar to Werribee Plaza. We wandered around for a bit (not buying anything) before returning to the station and getting a train to Chinatown.
Here we visited the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - ‘Refreshment for the Heart’. It was beautiful, peaceful and very much like (but not quite as good as) the Friendship Gardens at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
On leaving, we had a late lunch at a noodle shop where Cheryl and I were the only non-Asians. The food was very tasty.
From there it was just a 15 minute walk back to our hotel.
The Evergreen tour officially starts today but, in reality, we only meet our Tour Director and fellow tourees (thanks Sue) tonight at 7 - for a welcome dinner. From here on in, our time will be a little less free but it has been great having time to, not only get over our jet lag but to experience lots of great things in this terrific city.
Next time I write, I’ll be able to tell you about the tour group and Tour Director, Geoff (who I met very briefly when coming back this afternoon). Here’s hoping it’s a nice, harmonious group!