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We had to check out of the YHA this morning as when we tried to book extra nights they were booked up. So we are heading to some Halls of Residence we discovered in the city. It isn't as nice as the YHA but we have our own room so that has to be a bonus. The major downside up to now though is that the heating is on in the room and we can't switch it off so its 'bloody hot mate!'
After dumping our stuff we headed out to the Queen Victoria Markets. The markets were amazing, there were clothes, bags, touristy stalls, fruit/veg, meat, an organic section, a deli section plus loads more. We wandered down to the organic section and the variety of fruit and veg was immense, they put our farmers' markets to shame, and this is on 5 days a week. We wandered through to the meat and fish section and it was manic. As it was coming to the end of the day all the meat stalls had special deals and the stall holders were all shouting these deals out in competition with each other - it was like being at the stock market! The whole place was an inspiration and we really wanted to get stuff to cook a really good meal, but there isn't really a kitchen at our new accomodation so we had to just settle on getting stuff for a picnic. Marinated ham, olives, cheese, fresh bread would be part of the picnic.
We later had a walk up Lygon St - Melbournes little Italy. It is full of restaurants, cafes, and ice cream parlours with seating all along the pavements. It goes on for about a mile and is the best Little Italy either of us have ever seen in any city. We did the done thing and stopped for coffee and cake.