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.
We admired Melbourne’s traditional architectures standing side by side with modern, edgy structures.
We 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.
The modest but spectacular Melbourne skyline.
Serious rowing practice on a chilly late afternoon on Yarra River.
The sports stadium and a theme park along Yarra River. Melbournians seem to mix their creativeness with serious sportiness and sense of fun.
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.
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.
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.
Yay! There were a lot of stalls selling vast variety of local wines.
Our particular favorite was this wine stall where shoppers can go for wine refills. How civilized!
This stall was a fun novelty for us.
We thoroughly relished Melbourne’s sophisticated and creative culinary culture.
We took pleasure in exploring the city’s charming network of laneways.
We particularly enjoyed hanging out in Hardware Lane. Lined with bar and restaurants and street entertainments, it is a lively place to be.
For us nothing displays Melbourne’s creative exuberance better than Hosier Lane. It is lined with colorful restaurants and amazing graffiti walls.