This Saturday we took the train out to Williamstown, a waterfront neighborhood near where we’re staying. We found its charm considerable despite the putrid weather, a uniquely Australian combination of grey skies, high temperature, and howling wind.
Nelson Street runs along the waterfront and is mostly restaurants, mostly pretty nice-looking, with a few boutiques selling New Age Nostrums and eclectic music. We ate at The Groove Lounge; I picked it because they were obviously Greek and I have an ethnic prejudice in favor of Greeks as cooks, whatever the genre. I recommend it heartily; the food was perhaps not the most daringly original, but it was outstandingly tasty, and the waitresses were competent, friendly, and cute; they made a big fuss over our baby.
Here’s a picture from the park by the pier, looking back at Nelson Street.
The pier has an old Navy ship serving as a floating museum. Then we walked over to the beach side of Williamstown, enjoying the residential architecture, both old and new; I think Australia may just be the world leader in that department.
It’s been dry:
The current drought is now into its fifth year.
Comment feed for ongoing:
From: IwishIwasInOz (Jan 08 2007, at 09:15)
Is that a shark in the bottom right of the beach picture ?!!
From: Tony Fisk (Jan 09 2007, at 16:07)
We had a novel experience down at Apollo Bay last week: it rained!
<i>'The current drought is now into its fifth year.'</i>
On and off, I'd say it's more like its tenth.
The situation can be seen from the downward trend in the <a href="http://www.melbournewater.com.au/content/water/weekly_water_update/zoom_graph.asp">Melbourne water catchment</a>.
With that bit of doom mongering out of the way, I hope you all continue to enjoy your visit.
From: John Cowan (Jan 09 2007, at 17:43)
You can see why agriculture never appeared in Australia, with its <a href="">El Niño</a>-driven weather, until the Europeans brought it complete with dryland farming technology and suitable grains. Low-tech farmers would have starved.