Being urban people, we enjoy to be back in a big city after 2 ½ weeks out in ‘nowhere’. However, X-mas finally catches up with us and we definitely have some troubles dealing with summer temperatures mixed with Christmas decoration and music and holiday shoppers storming the stores. From the Eureka Skydeck 88 we stare down into the maze of the center of town and out into the suburbs. First thing to catch our eyes is the great architecture of many of the high-rises. Wandering through the streets we find a mix of stately neoclassicism inspired buildings, some very nice examples of Art Deco architecture and have to bend our necks to savor today’s steel and glass towers. At the end of Elizabeth Street – one of the main shopping areas – we dive into Queen Victoria Market. I just about wish we had a self-catering room at the hotel, because this unending selection of beautifully displayed delicacies makes it very hard not to fill a couple of bags and hit the kitchen. Heading back downtown – yes we ride one of the old-timer trolleys they run for the tourists – we wander through some of the nostalgic arcades and end up admiring the famous Street Art murals along Hosier Lane. Right around the corner is the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, where we get introduced to aboriginal and contemporary Australian art.