A visit to the gaol
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Emma was in charge of the map and today's tour of Melbourne on foot. We walked past the Victorian Markets (making a mental note to return) and continued on until we reached the Old Melbourne Gaol. The gaol proved to be very interesting, if somewhat a little grisly. You could wander in and out of the cells, many of which had information to read and contained the death masks of those that had been hung in the prison (death masks were casts of people's faces made after they had died, so they could be studied to see if there was a link between shape of skull and behaviour). One cell contained the death mask of Emma Williams, hung for murdering her son! The original gallows were still in place too; Emma found it all a bit morbid, but Diane found it fascinating.
On with our tour of the city, walking down Spring St past the parliament building, which was very grand. We continued down Collins St, which took us through the central business district, and exclusive shops and apartment blocks. After a beer, we started to head back, but stumbled upon the night markets, on every Wednesday in January.
There were loads of stalls, but the real attraction were the food stalls. They completely lined one side of the market, and were based on different cuisines from around the world: Turkish, Ethiopean, Japanese, Indian, Greek, Malaysian, Vietnamese, to name but a few. The food was being freshly cooked behind each stall in giant pans and woks, filling the market with aromas. It was a foodies mecca, and we were spoilt for choice. We got a mix of things and shared it. By this time, the whole place was packed, people eating, drinking wine, shopping, and listening to the live music acts that were on both inside and out. It was a really festive atmosphere.