I haven’t posted in a while simply because I didn’t have anything to write and I was waiting for my trip to Melbourne before writing anything.
Well Melbourne has been & gone and I still haven’t really got anything to write… well I do but I am nowhere near prepared. Mostly because I took over 3,600 photos and I haven’t finished going through them yet.
Yes, that’s right. I was away for 10 days and took 3,661 photos.
That is an average of 366 photos per day!
I also walked 87,238 steps (according to my Samsung S7 Health app), which equates to about 70km over the 10 days. That’s a freaking lot for me!! To put it into perspective, the preceding 10 days before my trip, I did just over 37,000 steps!
Anyhoo.. Melbourne – so until I get myself sorted here are the basics:
Time in Melbourne: 10 days – 23rd February – 4th March.
Who went: I arrived on the 23rd February and then my sister and great-niece arrived separately on the 24th February from New Zealand and the Gold Coast respectively.
Accommodation: The first night I stayed at the Vibe Savoy Hotel, directly opposite Southern Cross Station. Once the others arrived, we moved to a 2 bedroom apartment in a building called the Light House on Elizabeth Street located a block from Queen Victoria Market.
Transport: Mainly stuck to trams but did take a train one day out to Prahan. Trams in the CBD of Melbourne are free to travel on so it was easy enough to just jump on one to go where you needed to go. They did get full at times though.
What we got up to: We did a few things together like see a play at La Mama Theatre (The Confessions of Jeremy Perfect, which was very cool!); go to a Kings of Comedy show at La Di Da (so freaking funny!); went out for dinner a couple of times and wandered the streets. We also all spent time out & about individually so it was a good mix of togetherness & solo travel.
Street Art heaven: And of course I went street art hunting. I went to Hosier Lane as per normal (Melbourne’s most famous street art hub) but also found some alleyways around Queen Victoria Market plus a couple not far from Hosier Lane. I even went to Artist Lane in Prahan one day – though to be honest, it wasn’t my favourite place.
Photos: So yeah, I took a lot of photos. Many of them are crap but I have narrowed it down from 3,661 to about 1,800 (or 1,180 I can’t remember) so now comes the daunting task of culling those even further and editing the rest. But here are a couple from my Instagram page to tide you over until I’ve had a chance to go through them all (apologies if you have already seen them).
A very good reason to look up. The Coop Shot Tower was built in 1888 & produced lead shot until new firearm regulations came into place in 1961. Amazingly there was talk of demolishing the building but instead it has been incorporated into the Melbourne Central Station & Shopping Centre building in the 1990's. And it is definitely impressive!
From the window of our 25th floor apartment that we are staying in this week I can see this church. It's been beckoning me all week so yesterday I finally went there. I don't know if I was allowed to take photos because there were no other 'tourists' wandering around, just praying parishioners so I quickly snapped this photo & left.. I am glad I went because the interior of the church is stunning and this photo from my Samsung S7 does not do it justice at all! St Mary's, West Melbourne
Just shared this on my stories & loved it so much decided to post it too. Rainy start to the morning but starting to clear up which means people out & about. I did have AC/DC Lane to myself for quite a while then all the people came.. but totally ok with it coz I got this photo of a couple of tours plus some locals enjoying a smoko break.
So I've ended up taking 3661 photos over the last 9 days & I reckon about 3000 of them are of #streetart 😂 .. Not hard when Melbourne has so many alleys dedicated to outdoor artwork . This lane is probably the most famous, Hosier Lane but others I checked out where AC/DC Lane, Duckboard Place, Artist Lane on Prahan & a couple of laneways near Queen Victoria Markets.
I will do a photo essay (or two because of the amount of photos!) in the next week or so once I have sorted myself out, but I hope you liked this brief updated of my latest trip.
Have you been to Melbourne?