Friday, November 7, 2008

All dressed up ...

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. At 3.00 pm AEST, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians everywhere stop for one of the world's most famous horse races - the Melbourne Cup.

It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call, or watch the race on TV. Even those who don't usually bet, try their luck with a small wager or entry into a 'sweep' - a lottery in which each ticket-holder is matched with a randomly drawn horse.

Since 1877, Cup Day has been a public holiday for Melbourne, and crowds have flocked to the track. By 11.00 am on the first holiday, the Flemington grandstand was packed to its 7,000 capacity, and by 3.00 pm, 150,000 people were estimated to have gathered - thronging the hill beyond. The party atmosphere often means that champagne and canap├ęs, huge hats and racetrack fashions overshadow the business of horse racing.

The day before the event I was busy looking for a dress and shoes,, I bought the dress first and I was frantically looking for the shoes that will match my plum dress , while I was roaming the shopping center I was even looking for Asgi shoes   and other brands.. But after a long walk and  my determination payed off I found a perfect shoes and a bag to fit my beautiful dress.

We spent the day out in a  restaurant at Darling Harbour for a company's luncheon for Melbourne Cup Day celebration ...  


dawn December 8, 2008 at 1:57 PM  

I went to the Melbourne Cup races when I was in Australia in 1986.

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