What I’ll remember Melbourne by:
A few high school students pounced on me armed with cameras and notepads wanting my view on street art, which led me to wonder whether the whole street art thing that Melbourne is so famous for even legal. YES as it turns out! It’s totally legit (you gotta have a permit from the buildings though).How else would Melbourne get that vibrant urban feel!
You can see cool graffiti art everywhere you turn but few known places worth strolling along are Union Lane, Hosier Lane and almost all of Fitzroy.
Hosier Lane was abuzz with tourists even on a drizzly day!
My bar hopping days are well behind me but I couldn’t help getting all psyched up like a teenager when my friend offered to show me her favorites because even from the outside its easy to see that the bars are fiercely outdoing each other in terms of style and vibe.
Lucky Coq at Chapel street allows causal wear and has a rustic interior with old car parts dangling around.Great funk, nice mini pizzas to go with standard bar drinks.
Naked for Satan in Fitzroy was interesting – lots of deep reds, antique-type decorations and a wall dedicated to vintage porn! Their bar lunch hour special is yummy tapas for $1 each !
Fallen from Grace on Collin Street has an exciting secret entrance to their basement bar. Very James Bond.Beautiful chandeliers and great use of empty bottles slotted in walls covered with square racks.
1806 bar on exhibition street was pretty suave with coctail menus sorted by era. I chose the older version of martini called the martinez, which turned out pretty lethal!
There has to be sculptures in every nook and cranny in Melbourne!
At the Art Center Melbourne
Over the beautiful Yarra river
Outside the swirly southern cross station
Entrance to the Victoria Art Gallery
At the William Racketts Sanctuary sculpture trail – has about 90 sculptures carved into rocks in in the Dandenong Ranges – amazing!
I was in luck I thought but then began second guessing my enthusiasm after thoughts on on consumerism. Victoria Art Gallery was abuzz with excited fans of Andy Warhol.
I could spend days on the second floor though.There’s a section on eastern Asia and another on European art and this starts with surrealism,cubism etc and boasts work of some pretty famous painters such as Pablo Picasso and then on you go to rooms filled with breathtaking paintings and sculptures, each more awesome than the next .I cannot imagine the patience required to achieve so much precision! Nudes seemed to be the “in thing” for artists those days. Still is.
From the Victoria Art Gallery
A melting pot of old and new structures, some fresh,young and sleek and some with lots of age old stories to back the character – like people.Throw in some free colorful trams circling the city and you’ve got Melbourne on a plate.Inner city trams are free but I walked everywhere mostly because I lack patience to understand tram routes! And because all key places take 20 mins to walk.
Vintage Urban CBD
Flinders Train station
Flinders Station front against modern sleek giants
Flinders station and Federation Square from Hosier Lane
The Grand Melbourne Hotel
The massive Town Hall
Typical rustic blocks in Fitzroy
Fancy looking Theater Building
Horse and Carriage rides with very stern looking drivers are plenty around the Royal Botanic Garden and so are statues of sturdy looking important men in Australia’s history. Royal Botanic garden is well……a big garden. Could make for an excellent spot to take the baby out for some air ( If I had one!) or have a snooze under trees. Also I noticed that lots of people used this place to sit in solidarity and stare at their phones.But of course, a heaven for lovers of flora and fauna.
The Shrine of Remembrance – more massive than the picture shows with painful stories to learn.
View from my balcony!
Dandenong range has quite a bit to offer – cute little villages, walks, bicycle trails, lakes, sculpture trails, gardens, tall tall trees and 1000 steps for those that want to feel a little bit of what Australian soldiers went through in Kokoda in Papua New Guinea ( 1940s).
The trail is short but steep and a bit crowded and I am super proud of my cousin ( former school sportswoman of the year and now a busy working mum) for not giving up despite the heat and that she hadn’t worked out in donkeys years. Great day!