Day 13 Melbourne

This morning I saw these women all dressed up in black and white. Turns out it’s Derby Day, the opening of the Melbourne Cup. Everyone dresses to the hilt, the women in black and white, with fancy hats. They crowd the streets of Melbourne, heading for the race course. A very Australian look..somewhat like what my grandmother used to call “hussies,” although times have changed a lot since her day.

Can you imagine a national holiday in the U.S. for a horse race? That’s coming up Tuesday with the Melbourne Cup. All Australia shuts down for it.

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