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Welcome to my blog. I document my adventures in travel, style, and food. Hope you have a nice stay!

Daily Post #32-33: Melbourne Basics (2/2)

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Melbourne Basics (1/2)

Diagonally opposite the Flinders Street Station is the St. Paul’s Cathedral. St. Paul’s is actually an Anglican church. While I am a Catholic, I still see to it that my guests see the interiors of the cathedral as it is beautiful. After letting my guests get their fill of the church’s beauty, I usually lead them to Hosier Lane.

I personally love Hosier Lane because that’s the kind of thing that I want to see from a city if I were the visitor. Of course, this is aside from the fact that it is very Melbourne: young, hip, quirky and artsy. This lane is filled with lots of colorful graffiti and random art - you would definitely want to have your picture taken here in every angle. Though it is just a short lane, people actually spend a lot of time here. This is a great spot to have that picture-perfect photo taken.

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After mastering the art of posing in Hosier Lane, I usually lead my guests to Degraves Street. Degraves Street is a quintessential Melbourne laneway filled with cafes, al-fresco dining spots, cute boutiques and a whole lot more. I am so in love with the atmosphere in Degraves as it is always alive and buzzing.

After Degraves, I usually extend the alleyway tour to Centre Place Arcade which would then lead to Collins Street. Depending on the preference of my guests, I usually just go in-depth in Collins if my visitor likes to shop in high-end stores. But if not, like my guests to-date, we usually move along to Bourke Street which is another street full of shops on both sides but are more affordable and budget-friendly.

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There’s a lot of things that I love about Bourke Street: access exclusive to pedestrians and trams, seats everywhere, buskers, the big purse at the end of the lane and the huge H&M. My female guests usually go gaga when they see how big the H&M is in there. After my guests had already shopped to their heart’s content, we then head on to Emporium then Melbourne Central.

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When my mom was here, she was able to witness the marionette display dropped from the Melbourne Central clock which happens every hour on the hour. I do not know what is with older people and singing clocks but I really think that she did love it.

Walking outside from Melbourne Central to Swanston Street would give everyone a nice view of the State Library of Victoria. This is another personal favorite. I usually just direct them to visit the La Trobe Reading Room which is a delight to see especially if you go up the stairs as it gives you a nice bird’s eye view of the whole room including the dome.

And that concludes my most basic tour of Melbourne. Actually, I usually end the tour with my visitors getting full and filled up in one of the plethora of restaurants found in the city. Who doesn’t love a good eat, right?

Since I already got my car and summer is already around the corner, I think I could already expand this basic list. I just had been so busy with life and establishing the basics that I had completely set aside the need to explore and discover. Not to mention, the cold season which left me hibernating until winter season has ended. I can’t wait to discover more of the city either through walking or driving soon!

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Daily Post #31: Melbourne Basics (1/2)