St. Kilda and Toorak are two Melbourne suburbs often mentioned in Greenwood's books.
Bill had made a list of places to visit, and left it at home of course, but fortunately he could remember quite a bit as he reviewed maps of Melbourne and the free tram circled the city.
Lest you make the same error I did and say TOO-rack, I can tell you since Chris told me that it's actually something like 'Track'. Given my struggles to pronounce 'chook' (chicken) properly - or perhaps Chris was playing with me, he does that sometimes - it's probably somewhere between Toorak and Track; Teh-RACK. Whatever.
I noticed in hearing the place names on the train journey that Australian's muffle their vowels more than I do, but almost anyone swallows their vowels more than those of us with a Southern drawl.
I loved St. Kilda: gorgeous houses with verandas, flats with balconies, all trimmed with lacy ironwork that reminds me so of New Orleans.
Bill was continually astonished at the use of corrugated tin for roofing, even on quite substantial structures.
St. Kilda was a Victoria seaside playground, perhaps similar to Whitley Bay near us. If I were to live in Melbourne, I think I'd want to be located in St. Kilda, not necessarily overlooking the sea, but within a few blocks.
As if. The median house price there is $940K and $823K for a 'unit' (flat).
One thing that struck me was that on our way down to the seaside from the tram, we passed a man wearing a t-shirt with the slogan 'Eat the Rich'. I was thinking this was a more violent take on Occupy Wall Street, but it turns out this is the name of a band, also of an Aerosmith album. Who knew?
I kept looking for the brass plaque identifying which country's embassy I was seeing, all surrounded by six to eight foot walls. The houses were completely out of scale, being built to within a few feet of the lot boundary. They made me imagine a life lived in air conditioned rooms, mincing across miles of marble. Not my cup of tea.
However, there was one house in that area that we paid to enter, because we'd had a glimpse of it on TV the previous Friday night. More about that next time...