Grafitti Walls, Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia.jpg

Colorful facade on Hosier Lane

We continue to reminisce our first wedding anniversary trip in Australia as we celebrate and prepare to leave for our 5th anniversary trip.  Melbourne was our next stop after our delightful time in beautiful Sydney. We may have fallen in love with Sydney but we felt more connected with Melbourne. Much more intimate with distinctive creative energy, we found Melbourne more soulful. 


02-Melbourne, Australia

We admired Melbourne’s traditional architectures standing side by side with modern, edgy structures.

Melbourne, AustraliaWe found Melbourne’s Victorian architectures impressive. It’s considered one of the most beautiful Victorian cities after all.  Flinders Street Station, a commuter railway hub, exemplifies Melbourne’s Victorian connection.

Federal Square. Melbourne, AustraliaHowever,  it was Melbourne’s modernist design, like the edgy structures in Federal Square,  that left greater impression on us.

Federal Square. Melbourne, AustraliaCubism in Federal Square.

Federal Square. Melbourne, AustraliaWe admired the exhibits at Ian Potter National Gallery but we were also in awe of the building design itself and the view of the neighboring modernist building from inside.

Skyline, Melbourne, Australia

The modest but spectacular Melbourne skyline.

River, Melbourne, Australia

Serious rowing practice on a chilly late afternoon on Yarra River.

River, Melbourne, Australia

The sports stadium and a theme park along Yarra River.  Melbournians seem to mix their creativeness with serious sportiness and sense of fun.

Melbourne, Australia

The trams made moving around the city easy and convenient. A lot of locals though seem to prefer the bike to get from point A to Z.

Melbourne, Australia

With stylish locals mostly in dark outfits, this scene feels like Manhattan.  We don’t know if it was just us, but we found all the locals good looking.  We wonder if its the water they drink.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

As we love marketplaces, we went to check out Queen Victoria Market; we heard Melbournians love to shop here. With lots of organic products, it’s our kind of market, too.

 Wine Stall, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Yay! There were a lot of stalls selling vast variety of local wines.

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

Our particular favorite was this wine stall where shoppers can go for wine refills. How civilized!

Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Australia

“Can I have a kilo of crocodile, 2 kilos of emu and 3 kilos of kangaroo sausage?”

  This stall was a fun novelty for us.

Cumulus Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

We thoroughly relished Melbourne’s sophisticated and creative culinary culture.

Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Australia

We took pleasure in exploring the city’s charming network of  laneways.

Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Australia

We particularly enjoyed hanging out in Hardware Lane.  Lined with bar and restaurants and street entertainments, it is a lively place to be.

Grafitti Walls, Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia

For us nothing displays Melbourne’s creative exuberance better than Hosier Lane. It is lined with colorful restaurants and amazing graffiti walls.

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Street art on Hosier Lane.

Grafitti Walls, Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia.jpg

Street art on Hosier Lane.

Grafitti Walls, Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia.jpg

Street art on Hosier Lane.

CIMG3421c-EditWe savored our time in Melbourne and I hope your enjoyed reminiscing our Melbourne impressions with us.


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48 responses to “Melbourne Impressions

    • Marisol

      Hi Lili, thanks. The SBS building is really eye-catching.

    • Marisol

      Hi Jackie, that gives you one reason to return! Enjoy your Hawaii-Sydney cruise. Can’t wait to hear about it.

  1. Enjoyed the story, Marisol. Beautiful captures! My favorite is a street photo of a moving tram. Love the skyline shots, and the structures in Federal Square are very impressive! I’d love to explore Hosier Lane myself.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Alex, glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure you and your camera will enjoy Hosier Lane and the rest of the city.

  2. Noel

    I have always wanted to go to this beautiful city, having grown up in San Francisco, I’ve heard so many nice things about this sophisticated city, food and culture, thanks for sharing!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Noel, I hope you get to visit sometime soon. More than anything, I think you will enjoy its creative vibe and discreet sophistication.

    • Marisol

      Hi Federico, glad you enjoyed the photos. I think you have to connect to a place to really appreciate it and we did connect with Melbourne. We love its quiet sophistication, creative energy and soulfulness.

    • Marisol

      Hi Patti, glad you enjoyed Melbourne as well.

  3. carol

    Wow! Great photography and what a trip you are having ~ love the street art ~ thanks, carol ^_^
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    • Marisol

      Hi Carol, glad you enjoyed the photos. Yes, those street arts were really something.

  4. Jim

    Some amazing shots.

    • Marisol

      Hi Rajesh, thanks! They truly are distinctive.

    • Marisol

      Hey Aleah, I hope you get there sometime soon. I’m sure you’ll love it there. Oh, I’m glad you love the new theme. Thanks!

    • Marisol

      Thanks Boom and Gary!

  5. Its not a bad to place to live really! Nice to see another photographers view.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne
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    • Marisol

      Hi Stewart, you have a very wonderful city. If I move in Australia I’d definitely love to live in your city.

  6. Greetings from Melbourne, Australia – the world’s most liveable city! You have done us proud. I am thrilled you felt connected to Melbourne and found some of our wonderful things to see and do, and you have shown me some places to go and check out too!
    Thank you great post:)

    • Marisol

      HI Wrenx, awww….I’m so pleased that we have done you proud. You’re lucky to live in such wonderful city. We look forward to return and immerse ourselves more.

    • Marisol

      HI Salika, thanks! Hosier Lane definitely steals the scene!

  7. Leigh

    I love the photo of the two of you at the bottom of the post. Melbourne looks like a vibrant, fun, artsy, edgy place to visit. I love all the architectural and street scene details you’ve provided. Wine refills – there’s something we’re not likely to see in Canada anytime soon.Did you ever try kangaroo or emu?
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    • Marisol

      Hi Leigh, thanks! It certainly is fun, artsy and edgy! I wish refills is also available in New York! Keith tried the kangaroo and he said it tasted like chicken!

  8. Johanna

    You’ve taken some awesome photos of Melbourne, and I love the colourful street art. I was there last year on a very grey day for a conference and was rather uninspired – but you have got me thinking otherwise!

    • Marisol

      Hi Joanna, thanks. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I hope you get to return to Melbourne on a better day.

  9. Melbourne looks like a great city. I especially like what you showed us of Federal Square, Queen Victoria Market and Hosier Lane. My friend just moved back to Melbourne, and I hope to visit her some day.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Michelle, it truly is a lovely city. I’m sure you will enjoy your visit with your friend.

  10. I would not have guessed about Melbourne having so much going on with art, architecture, food and culture. And so many good-looking locals! Those are far different meats than I’m used to seeing at the market — don’t know how many of those options I would actually try. Maybe I should just go to the wine stall.
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  11. Denise

    You have captured why I love living in Melbourne. And I actually work on Hardware lane, and I love the vibe of the place both during the day and night!
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  12. Melbourne is my favourite Australian city (even though I’m from Perth)!! It’s the only place I can ever imagine living in Australia… Your photos are STUNNING… As usual. You should really sell them. Do you sell them?!
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  13. Great to see your fabulous photos of my other home town! We spend a lot of time in Melbourne and love every minute of it! The street art in Hosier Lane is for ever changing…I think it’s time you came back for another visit!
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  14. I love that really interesting photo you capture of the people and traffic. As a photographer…love it! Thank you for linking up with me for Travel Tuesdays!

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  15. Jess

    The skyline over the water looks so beautiful! I’d love to visit that market, too.
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  16. Dennis

    Didn’t know there’s such a great juxtaposition of modern and traditional architecture in Melbourne. Makes for a great photo op – as these wonderful series here apparently shows.

    Happy anniversary to you both! Keep us inspired with your next trip – wherever that may be.
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  17. Sarah

    I remember the Federal Square when I was in Melbourne. I was so impressed and amazed with the building design. It is so unique and beautiful that I couldn’t help but asked my brother to help me take pictures. The other places gives me reason to return. Thank you!

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