21 April 2007

Melbourne - Intro

As promised here's a little travel blog to throw the limelight on Melbourne.
What's so special about Melbourne? Well to begin, it has repeatedly been voted one of the top 20 most liveable cities in the world. Check out the stats here.
While you shop on Chapel Street, stroll Acland Street for mouth watering patisseries, dine in an Italian joint on Lygon Street, explore the city's secret lanes and alleyways, celebrate the colorful Melbourne skyline from a cafe in Southbank, then daydream on the steps of Federation Square or even make a memorable historical journey through century old buildings, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in a sophisticated European city. And yes, grandmother Melbourne has class. There are some impressive architectural developments springing to life in its new Docklands area overlooking the dark blue waters of Port Phillip Bay. And I'm not forgetting those old favourites, like the Queen Victoria markets (which isn't really my thing but I thought I'd throw it in there), the gambling powerhouse of Crown Towers (which again, isn't really my scene but I thought I'd throw it there for some bling) and the beautiful, calm waters of St Kilda beach.

We had some nice weather during our visit, early April for the International Comedy Festival. The temperatures varied between 20-25 degrees Celcius during the day and dropped to around 11-14 at night. You could spend the day walking everywhere without sweating. A welcome change from Brisbane since I hate sweating.

Here's a little pictorial journey to get you packing your bags for the next International Comedy Festival.

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