It must have been a weekday when we went to Acland Street, St Kilda a couple of weeks ago for lunch. This is an old photo of one of five trams our tram company leased from the French city of Mullhouse. I seem to remember the GFC knocked out the grand tram expansion plans in Mullhouse and they found themselves owning trams surplus to their requirement. Our government had phased out some old trams, rather too many, and found itself short of trams in a time of expanding patronage, so five of these were leased from Mullhouse. They were eventually bought outright. The bright decoration over the original colour pleased many people, but not all. After a time they started to look very shabby.
They were redone in the standard scheme, with this nice little touch referencing the original appearance, rather like the phoenix symbol on Brisbane trams rebuilt after a depot fire in the early 1960s.
We had a nice lunch at a place we like, 95 Espresso Bar, and then took a wander along the street. There must be a Chinese restaurant down this arcade.
There are a couple of novelty gift shops and we usually have quick look at a fiddle with things. As you can see it was so hot in the shop, clocks had melted.
We were looking after Jack again and he missed us while we were out for lunch not a bit.