With not even two full days to spend in Melbourne, I was up and out early, ready to explore.
The first thing that I did was find new accomodations. Since my Air BnB experience proved to be less than satisfactory, I walked right next door to the Holiday Inn and booked a room. Perhaps my assumptions were too high and I expected a bit more of a welcome rather than 3 changes in my contact person prior to arrival. Perhaps as a newbie to the city, I needed a bit more guidance and information. Perhaps I just needed a bit more cleanliness. Whatever the reason, my instincts had me moving on. After booking a room and feeling much better about the situation, I eagerly set out to learn a bit about Melbourne. I truly have no idea how many miles I walked (more than 5, less than 10), but I do know that I walked the city for hours.
What better way to start my tour than by taking a view of the city from the 88th floor of the Skydeck.
Next up was a walk through the National Gallery of Victoria,
and by the Victoria Barracks.
From the Skydeck I had seen the Shrine of Remembrance and knew that I needed to visit this solumn place.
During my two days of exploring this great city, I was so pleased to see all the green! Melbourne boasts many parks full of gorgeous, mature trees, and the streets are adorned similarly.
Initially I wondered why so many of the abundant sidewalk cafes were not full (I never waited long for a table!). Then I realized that the parks were full of people enjoying a picnic lunch.
The public art and celebration of the aboriginal culture were quite evident, as were the signs of activism and efforts to protect the environment. Aren’t you glad I didn’t take a photo of one of the many, many recycling bins? Well, to be honest, I did! I just didn’t share it 🙂
The city of Melbourne has an annual cultural festival called Moomba, an Aboriginal term which means ‘lets get together and have fun.’
What a crowd!
I thoroughly enjoyed this street performer while drinking a cold, local beer at a nearby pub.
Both old and new architecture, often right next to the other, were eye catching.
My friends who enjoy searching for the good deal would have loved the Queen Victoria Market.
This city accomodates and all are welcome. I loved seeing and took advantage of the free and easy Public Transportation, the easy walkability, the recycling bins, the Free WiFi, and YES, the clean toilets everywhere!
Melbourne is such an easy place to be a tourist, and I could not have been happier with my two days there.
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