Last weekend I went on a little adventure. Not too far away, but to places I had never seen, nor even knew existed.
Melbourne is our capital city here in Victoria. I live about an hour drive right into the middle of the city. That’s why I caught the train! Actually, I got the bus on my corner to the train station and then caught the train to Melbourne. It’s cost efficient, very handy and very FUN! You know when you see the excitement on little kids faces when they are ‘going on the train’ – well that’s me!! I do it often, but it is always a thrill. Once in Melbourne my mode of transport was a little pair of feet and trams. The tram system in Melbourne is sensational. It is easy to follow and very well run.
So, the weekend.
Melbourne hosted an Open House.
Take a look if you’d like to know all about it … http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/
There were dozens of significant buildings all over the city that were Open for viewing that are not normally open to the public. We went to quite a few places, but by far my favourite tour was The Royal Melbourne Hospital. It was here we took part in the tunnels and towers tour. The RMH, built in 1939 is one of three critical / emergency hospitals in Melbourne and growing all the time. First we went down into the tunnels. Right underneath the hospital and road structures. They actually lead to two nearby hospitals and have been used for many things over the time including every facet of the electronic cabling to the patient / theatre transportation. The tour guide was very informative and he is one of the foremen of the site.
We went from old tunnels to newly built tunnels and the infrastructure was fascinating, as was the information being shared by our guide. Including the fact that 34 Olympic sized swimming pools worth of water are used a day at the hospital and they ‘flush’ and re-use a lot of that! (Amazing the facts I remember!!!)
After the tunnels tour, we went up to the 17th floor Emergency Helipad on the rooftop. It was a clear day. The view went on forever!! Over the city and out to sea. I could even see Geelong 🙂 I think we were up there for two tours to come through, it was just so spectacular!!
I can’t wait to go to the Open House next year. I will certainly add my ballot requests to get in to see some of the most sought after city sights that we missed out on this year.
If you get the chance to go see something close to home that you normally would not do – I highly recommend it!!
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