Ben and I have been talking about moving to Melbourne, Australia longer than I have even been living in Australia. The city is full of arts, culture, history, and JOBS for both of us – always important when looking to move somewhere. Melbourne has been rated the most livable city in the world four years in a row; and after four days in Melbourne it’s not hard to see why. The CBD (central business district) is large and clean, the public transport is abundant and easy to navigate, and the people are friendly. Those are just the things I noticed during our four days in Melbourne but there are so many other factors that took Melbourne to the top of that list including healthcare, education, and sports. I’m sure you can see why I would want to move here without seeing the city first. Seems perfect right?
That’s because it is.
After a night of nearly no sleep (I can’t sleep when I get excited) Ben and I woke up and (barely) made it on our 6am flight to Melbourne. Oh, and I should add we got caught in a downpour on the tarmac. It’s hard to be mad at getting to the airport late, and being soaking wet when it was our first flight together.
Ok, so it’s a little easy to be mad at that, but at least you can’t tell from our first flight selfie!
We arrived in the Melbourne CBD around 8:30am giving us an hour to drop off our bags and for Ben to grab a bite before his class.
After I dropped Ben off at his training I headed off to find my own breakfast and get ready for the I’m Free Walking Tour of Melbourne.
Based off reviews, Brother Baba Budan had thee best breakfast in the area so I headed there. After my tea I walked to the State Library of Victoria for the I’m Free Walking Tour. The tour lasted three hours and covered almost all of the CBD and Melbourne history. I reviewed the tour as well as my solo exploring in this post. But here are a couple highlights:
The next day Ben and I had breakfast at Mr. Tulks at the State Library of Victoria (I was so hungry I didn’t snap a photo before gobbling my omlette, but I can tell you their open face omlette with prosciutto, asparagus, sweet onion, and goat cheese is to die for!), and decided to meet up there as well during his lunch break. I spent the rest of my afternoon without him exploring the library and shopping.
Following Ben’s course we met up at the Charles Dickens Tavern for celebratory drinks and to plan out our Saturday adventure exploring potential homes in St. Kilda and Elwood.
Following beers we walked towards Flinders Street and then across the bridge towards the Southgate. We really had no plans and no idea where we wanted to go, so we spent time messing around taking “modeling” shots, waiting to be discovered. No, I’m just kidding. I really love the lens on my cameraso I made Ben stand/sit in all sorts of places so I could practice my photography.
As the sun started to set I checked the time (5 minutes to 6:00pm) so we continued walking down the river towards the gas brigades aka big towers of fire.
Every day beginning at 6:00pm (start time varies based on season) and running each hour on the hour giant towers of fire light up along the river in a sequence for roughly five minutes. The pictures don’t do the gas brigades justice as we were standing almost directly under the first tower. This video (not shot by me) might give you a better idea of what you are seeing.
Following our time at Southgate we headed back to Findlers Street for dinner, the plan was that we would share two meals at two different restaurants, head to the hotel to catch the fireworks in the Docklands (we had a perfect view), and then go on a pub crawl. But plans don’t always work out do they?
We had a lovely dinner of pork belly (our favorite), headed to the hotel while gobbling some gourmet French fries, learned we missed the fireworks, and fell asleep. Have I mentioned how lame we are?