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The street, as you can sort of see in the background, was a replica of the old "cowboy" days of the mid-1800's. Behind the stage coach, to the right, is the New York Bakery. We had lunch there. The food was absolutely wonderful but the servings were small. My $8 cup of soup was shockingly small but tasted better than any other. Shaun and LA liked their sandwiches also but Shaun left the restaurant and went to the bakery down the street for a meat pie to fill him up.

I think they named it the New York Bakery so they could have high prices and small servings. THey also requested tips for their wait staff!!! Oh I forgot to say they charged me a dollar and a half for the piece of bread that came with the soup! WoW.

Directly across the street from the stage coach is a hotel. We went in and enjoyed a one-man show. He played the piano in the old-fashioned manner and did magic tricks and told bad jokes. He was quite entertaining. Right out of the days of vaudeville.

The stage coach took us all around the entire town of Sovereign Hill, circa mid 1800's. We went past the candlemaker, furniture crafter (I bought a huge rolling pin there), down past the tents and gold digging operations, and by the entrances to two mines. We toured both mines: A gold mine and a quartz mine. We came away a lot smarter :-)

Inside the stage coach, we were joined by a family with two cute boys. They were as personable as they were cute. Asked lots of questions, knew lots of answers. Liked our digital camera. I love the pic of them with the lollipops.

Sovereign Hill outdoor museum tries to depict the hard life of the digger. You witness the oppression they endured at the hands of the British and *police* who were often ex-convicts turned law officers and you relive the long hours and gruelling conditions deep in the mines. (We visited a Gold mine and a Quartz mine there).


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