|Hosier Lane - the graffiti in this lane is prized and a real tourist attraction.|
The Movida bar is atmospheric and has a fantastic range of tapas.
Melbourne is a big city, the capital of the state of Victoria it has a population of more than 4 million in mainly low rise housing that sprawls over a vast area nevertheless I spent most of my time in and around the city centre and was never at a loss as to how to fill my day. Simply wandering the streets is as much fun as anything but the city does have a lot to offer. Here are some of my picks and hints for some of the funky things to see and do in Melbourne City. I will do further posts looking at different aspects of Melbourne later.
I also love Block Arcade. This is not a "lane" but a beautifully elegant arcade with wonderful architecture and home to the very popular Hopetoun Tearooms.
|That's me, in white jeans, photographing me on the giant screen|
in Federation Square
|The National Art Gallery at Federation Square, in front of the Cathedral|
spire on the banks of the Yarra River
|An interesting and definitely|
"funky" sculpture at the
|Street artist, working in pastels, on Swanston Street|
Street Artists: I enjoyed Melbourne's street artists and performers. There is such a variety of artists doing all sorts of things and they are very good. Lingering for a few minutes to watch a performance always brought a smile to my face. The good thing is if you don't like a performer you just keep walking.
Trams: Melbourne has a wonderful tram system. I've included it in my "funky" posting because some of the trams truly are old and funky....but great fun. They are frequent and fast and get you to most places around the city and inner suburbs. The best thing for tourists is the free tram which circles the city centre in both directions and includes an informative commentary. I made very good use of this on several occasions. The city is beautifully laid out in a grid system so it is very easy to find your way around and never too far to walk from the free tram to your inner city destination.