Saturday, August 30th, 2003 – Day 193 to Sunday, August 31st, 2003 – Day 194

Saturday, August 30th, 2003 – Day 193

I went to the Central District Pub called ICON last night straight after the match. It was 6 AUS in and drinks (called POTS) which were less than a 1/2 pint were only 3 AUS. Its was pretty good. They kept putting and lighting lighter fuel on the bar. They also had a SPIN THE WHEEL behind the bar where you pay 2 AUS and win free drinks, shots etc. There was also a 1/10 chance of getting soaked wet by the bar staff. I won 3 free beers before getting totally soaked from my waist up. I left around 2.00am. There were still lots of footie fans around.

The Icon Bar has established itself as the party venue of Melbourne with a well-deserved reputation over the past 9 years for its party hard atmosphere.

More importantly ICON BAR is the only place where you can dance on the bar. We are open every Friday and Saturday night till the early hours of Sunday morning.

Our friendly staff will party with you throughout the night, entertaining everyone with dancing, bar tricks, competitions, and the best atmosphere in Melbourne.

On Saturday morning I was tired but I went to Queen Victoria Markets

The Queen Victoria Market is a Melbourne institution covering several blocks. There are hundreds of indoor and outdoor stalls, where you can find anything from live rabbits to bargain-basement clothes. The markets can get cramped, and there’s a lot of junk to sort through, but you’ll get a real taste of Melbourne and its ethnic mix here. Look out for the interesting delicatessen section, and cheap eateries. Allow at least an hour.

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Melbourne – Australia – Market (30-08-2003)

There was not much to see. Unless you are into tacky souvenirs or specialty foods, do no bother. I did buy two German bratwurst with sauerkraut. I did little the rest of the day. I did a fair bit of walking around.

I went to the Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Saint Kilda around 10.00pm to see the Everton V Liverpool match and watch a live band. For details and reviews of Melbourne nightlife check out Maxmoose.

It was a good night and the craic was good. I went to party out in Sunshine (40 minutes away) after 2.00am. There was no transport back in so I stayed over. I did not get back into the city until 1.00pm the next day.

Sunday, August 31st, 2003 – Day 194

I was supposed to meet Chris for the footie but I was really late. I was supposed to have checked out at 10.00am but they did not mind. When I was getting my bags, I met a guy from Emily in Limerick whom I had met at a football match in Rio De Janeiro 6 months ago. He was staying in the same dorm. Quite a small world we are living in. We spoke for a while before I put my bag in storage at the hostel.

It was pouring rain, so I wrote up the blog for Sydney. My bus to Sydney was at 7.00pm. It was 50 AUS for the 10 hour night journey. It was with McClaffertys. The bus station was going teo blocks away in Franklion Street. i was disappointed to see if was an ordianry bus with no extra leg room. It was stuffy and they showed Legally Blond on the bus TV. Silly movie but a few laughts.

It was a hard journey with little sleep. It was raining quite alot. They stopped twice for meal breaks – well PIES and COFFEE. We reached Central station in Sydney at 6.20am.

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Melbourne – Australia – Various Shots of Melbourne(31-08-2003)

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Melbourne – Australia – Various Shots of Melbourne(31-08-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Melbourne – Australia – Various Shots of Melbourne(31-08-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Melbourne – Australia – Various Shots of Melbourne(31-08-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Melbourne – Australia – Various Shots of Melbourne(31-08-2003)

Click on the picture to see it in its original size

Melbourne – Australia – Various Shots of Melbourne(31-08-2003)