10D9N Melbourne Day 3 : Melbourne By Foot, Federation Square, Yarra River, Federation Bells, Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue, ACDC Lane, 24 Moons, Banksy, Hosier Lane, Until Never, Brunetti, Centre Place, The Block Arcade, Mitre Tavern, Hook Turn, Sandridge Bridge, Cavallino, Circus OZ, Max Brenner, Suckao

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12.05 pm – Woke up to a heart healthy breakfast of oats, milk, bananas, orange, watermelon.

01.17 pm – Arrived at ACMI in Federation Square.

Passed by a street performer unpacking his stuff.

Getting ready to perform.

Met up with Dave Carswell, the man behind Melbourne By Foot, in front of 7-Eleven. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone who isn’t a Melbournian to please take his tour as Dave gives you invaluable insight about the story behind Melbourne’s significance.

After about 5 minutes of briefing his group of 9,

we began our journey to our first stop.

01.26 pm – Right smack in the middle of Federation Square.

A nice portrait shot of Dave by Leslie.

Even Australians from other states sought his services.

“.. and her breasts were droopy like this..”

We were surrounded by birds,

the entrance to ACMI,

Flinder’s Street Station,

a big projection screen,

I forgot what this was,

kids and

word engravings on the floor.

Dave explaining the meaning of the words.

A scene from the projection screen.

01.34 pm – Next, we walked towards

a nice spot along the Yarra River

before Dave continued with his explanation of the colourful history of the Yarra River.

People canoeing in the river.

Artwork decorating the street.

Street lamps.

Princes Bridge.

01.48 pm – Walked with the crowd attending an Australian Rules Football match in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

While the crowd of fans continued, we stopped by Birrarung Marr’s Federation Bells, an installation comprising 39 upturned bells.

Coincidentally, the Circus Oz tent

was just directly opposite it.

Dave busy relating how the bells ended up here.

With a big ass bell.

Each bell gives out a different sound and

you could actually compose a tune online and compete against others to have yours played.

It sounds something like this.

01.52 pm – Continued our journey across the bridge where

we could see the fans passing by below.

Stopped for a picture.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the distance.

Flags advertising very famous traveling European paintings in town.

The Ferris Wheel.

St Paul’s Cathedral.

Mercer and AON in the background. AON, an insurance company, is the current principal sponsors of Manchester United.

Walking along the pavement.

The railway crossings merging towards Flinders Street Station.

Reached a corner.

I don’t really understand the ‘END’ sign.

At the cross junction.

Batman Avenue. The Batcave must be underground here somewhere!

Continued walking until we reached a narrow lane between 2 office buildings.

Coloured panels that are strategically placed

to make art out of the sunlight’s coloured reflection.

Looking down.

10D9N Melbourne Day 2 : Temple Court Apartment, Melbourne CBD, Collins St, Yarra Trams, Metlink, Queen Victoria Market, Doughnut Van, Melbourne Museum, IMAX, Titanic Artefact Exhibition, Dinosaurs, Human Evolution Gallery, Wild Animals, Ulla Taylor, State Library Of Victoria, Woolworths, Self Serve Checkout, QV Center, Visitor Information Center, Velvet Fridays Seven, Chilli India

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08.51 am – Woke up to a grayish sky for my first morning in Melbourne.

The security system of Temple Court Apartments.

Nestled in between 2 buildings right in the center of Melbourne’s CBD.

A very strategic place to live in if price is not an issue.

I felt so excited when I looked around me and saw Melbourne’s very own buildings.

Melbourne’s branches and leaves.

Melbourne’s flower.

Melbourne’s fire hydrant.

Melbourne’s pigeons.

Di Bella Coffee was just a stone’s throw away from Temple Court’s entrance.

The standing statue opposite of the apartment’s entrance.

These girls couldn’t resist taking a picture.

Hello, sir!

The squatting statue.

Both gracing the front of Suncorp Bank. Both must be friends, I suppose.

Melbourne’s trams.

A newer one.

Noticed a sign at the top which I didn’t understand until later. It’s actually a hook turn sign.

Bicycles for rent by the roadside.

There were actually lots of stations like these situated all over Melbourne’s Central Business District.

You could just take one from anywhere and

put it back anywhere that has an empty parking slot. So cool!

Melbourne superbike parked at the roadside. No EX5 was sighted at all during my trip.

Did you know that you can have whatever 6 combination of alphabets and numbers you want as your number plate as long as it’s available? How cool is that? Mine would read “PAI KIA” 😈

A roadside florist.

Readily made bouquets.

09.24 am – And so after spending about 15 minutes checking out nearby surroundings, we proceeded to the tram stop at the junction of Collins St and Williams St which was just a minute’s walk away.

We saw benches and proceeded

to wait there.

So there we were waiting for a tram to come but only after a tram came, stopped and picked up passengers

only we realized that actually the tram stop was in the middle of the road!

We quickly made our way to the center of the road and waited.

The name of this stop.

The monitor that tells you how much longer you’d have to wait before the next tram arrived.

09.46 am – 10 minutes later,

we were on board our very first Melbourne tram experience. Woo Hoo!!

09.51 am – 5 minutes and a few tram stops after,

we arrived at the very awesome Queen Victoria Market.

There were altogether 12 lanes of general merchandise stalls, and boy were we lost.

All we could see were rows after rows

of shops everywhere.

After some asking around, we proceeded towards the direction of the food court

in search of breakfast.

Passed by livestocks.

And then at the end of the alleyways, we came upon a van selling American Doughnuts.

Wow!

We couldn’t resist it so we lined up for our very own doughnuts.

There were a total of 4 fellas running around inside

preparing the doughnuts

while the lady who seemed eldest was by the front doing the selling.

We were so happy.

And the line just kept getting longer.

Soon, it was my turn and I ordered 3 doughnuts for the price of

AU$ 2.70 for sharing.

Passed by the very colourful organic produce section towards the food court.

A type of leaf I have never seen before in real life. Only in the movies. What an awesome experience so far! (I think I’m beginning to sound like as if I’m from the stone age)

10.05 am – At last, we arrived.

I’ve been snapping away ever since I woke up.

The two shops nearest to the entrance.

Other shops along the way.

Found out that pide bread is actually a Turkish kind of bread.

Cafe Verona.

Found us a table and waited while the rest ordered their breakfast.

Colourful chairs.

Vivian ordered her breakfast from Pide Bread Bakery.

Vivian’s bacon and tomato filled pide bread.

Vivian’s cappuccino.

And she’s loving it!

Leslie’s vegetable filled wrap.

Leslie’s hot chocolate.

Soo Yee’s mini pancakes.

After everyone had finished buying their breakfasts, it was my turn.

I went into Cafe Verona and saw so many delicious, mouthwatering pastries.

I wanted to buy them all but it hit me that I may come across even more delicious stuff along the way, so it was best to eat minimal, take a walk around first and then come back to the food court if I still wanted the pastries.

So, I just bought myself a cup of cappuccino.

Simple.

10.49 am – After breakfast, we took a walk in the red meat section.

I was amazed by rows and rows of beef and pork.

We had such a hard time deciding on a stall to buy from.

They all looked almost the same.

The stuff is the same.

And it’s so hard to keep track of the prices at each stall.

In the end, we just decided to get

what we needed from a random stall.

Next up was the poultry section.

Poultry and nothing but poultry.

Again, we just chose a random stall and bought what we needed from it.

Next up was the fish section.

The oysters were so thick and succulent.

Everything looked so fresh.

Bought prawns and

fish fillet from the same stall at the end of the row.

Next up was the delicatessen hall.

The were stalls selling all sorts of delicatessen from

Halg baguettes to

Turkish bread to

thick meaty sausages to

hams to

whatever kind of cheese you can think of; cheddar, sardo, testouri, paneer, sakura, kesong, imsil, etc… you name it. they got it.

This shop sold all sorts of oil and spices and

this one sold nothing but chocolates. I sampled a few and all were MIND BLASTING DELICIOUS!

We stopped by almost every stall and had a chat with the traders.

It took us some time to decide on which to buy.

I lined up and bought us bread, cheese and ham.

Next up, was the fruits and vegetables section.

Again, I was spoilt for choice when I was presented with the choice of fruits and vegetables on display.

All of the vegetables were priced competitively.

The bell peppers were fresh and full of colour and so were the

mushrooms,

cauliflower, carrots

lemons,

bananas, pears and apples.

12.14 pm – Finally, at about an hour later, we were done with our marketing for the entire trip. There was enough food for 7 meals.