On this day, we headed out to pick up Eva's friend Pam, who was our tour guide to explore Brighton Beach and the Mornington Peninsula, located south of Melbourne. I can't get over the color of the sea here. Depending on how close you are to shore, it ranges between exquisite shades of aquamarine, sapphire and lavender. The wind was strong this day and the waves were tipped with white. We parked on the street and walked through the beach access gateway and at first, could only see beach and sand. But as we walked around a point, we were greeted with the site of colorful beach boxes.
The boxes originated in the Victorian era when modesty had great value and allowed for dressing in private. The boxes are primarily passed down through the family, but occasionally are up for sale and can fetch as much as $200,000 for this small (appx 8' by 12") shed. The owner maintains the paint job, but the designs have to be approved by the beach box associations. But they are striking in appearance. They are found all over Mornington Peninsula, but the most famous are here at Brighton Beach.
After exploring the long line of beach boxes, we drove into Mornington and explored the small stores that lined the streets. We shared !!a delicious lunch at a local hotel pub. There is always lamb on the menus here and I took advantage of this throughout my visit to have lamb whenever possible. Today, lamb shanks in a rosemary sauce...ummmummm!!