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Melbourne

The most liveable city in the world

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Melbourne (population 4.52 million)

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia. Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport, making it the world's most liveable city—for the sixth year in a row in 2016, and ranks among the top 30 cities in the world in the Global Financial Centres Index. Melbourne has more restaurants and diners per capita than any city in the world… it can be argued to be the sporting capital of the world… do I need to say more?

With a brilliant public transport system, it was easy for us to go into the CBD numerous times; to join in worship at (both very different) St Michaels and the Mission Parish in St Kilda. We visited the vibrant Victoria Markets and walked the streets. Eating, and just enjoying this amazing city. In St Kilda we did the “safari dining” thing. We started with calamari (so good Henriette loved it and she doesn’t usually) at a street stall, then cake at two different shops down the famous “cake street”) followed by coffees form another restaurant. Such is this area.

On one of the days we went to the art markets (and of course the Victoria Markets for a food experience), and discovered a huge exhibition about sustainable living. It was amazing what innovative people are doing.

And then there’s the reputation Melbourne has for its changing weather. The old joke goes that if you don’t like Melbourne’s weather, just wait 15 minutes. And we saw that! On our day trip to St Kilda the temperature (according to the TV news that night) went from 17 degrees, to 14 to 17 to 11 all in the space of 4 hours. And we had to hide against the rain (in February!)

We left in pouring rain. Next stop, the southernmost point on the Australian continent.

The sustainabilty exhibit

The sustainabilty exhibit

Statue like buskers in Melbourne CBD

Statue like buskers in Melbourne CBD

Melbourne the vibrant

Melbourne the vibrant

Melbourne and Victoria Markets

Melbourne and Victoria Markets

Huge interest in sustainability exhibit

Huge interest in sustainability exhibit

Funky street artin CBD

Funky street artin CBD

Free trams in Melbourne

Free trams in Melbourne

Famous cake shops in St Kilda

Famous cake shops in St Kilda

Calamari at Victoria Markets

Calamari at Victoria Markets

An unusual coffee shop in St Kilda

An unusual coffee shop in St Kilda

Posted by ChrisHenriette 02:47 Archived in Australia

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