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Melbourne… so far

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Since my last post, Alice and I managed to drag ourselves out of the apartment despite still being awfully jet-lagged to explore Melbourne {this was on Tuesday 8th Dec}. We walked around for about two hours taking in the scenery and getting a feel for the city (at first I didn’t think too much of Melbourne but it’s really grown on me over the past couple of days). We also went back to Coles for a proper food shop – pasta, rice, milk, eggs, fish, sausages, salad, fruit etc. You get it 😉

When we got back we were pretty tired so we cooked some food and then headed to bed. It’s also worth mentioning that my cold and cough were still quite bad at this point and I think the day essentially took it out of me. It must have also taken all of Alice’s energy too because we both didn’t wake up until past midday and my cough and throat were far worse than they were before. We settled on resting in the apartment and planning what to do on the remaining days we had left instead of venturing out only to find ourselves too exhausted to do anything else and for my cough to only get worse.

Wednesday was therefore spent starting the series Jane the Virgin on Netflix while eating food and deciding what tourist attractions to visit. We had picked up an STA travel brochure from their store earlier and chose to book a Great Ocean Road day tour with one of their companies. Watch out for that blog post – it’s coming soon!

Our official tourist adventures started on Thursday where we headed out to see Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. We also went up the Eureka Skydeck.

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Flinders Street Station

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Federation Square

We crossed the Yarra River and walked through Queen Victoria Gardens to get to the Royal Botanical Gardens.

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View from the Yarra River

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Royal Botanical Gardens

The gardens were really beautiful and tranquil. It was lovely to just walk around and admire the different plants and trees.

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After spending some time walking around the gardens and enjoying the warm summer weather, we headed over to the Shrine of Remembrance. Unfortunately by the time we got there it was shut 😦
The building, however, is still pretty impressive!

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Shrine of Remembrance

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View from the Shrine of Remembrance

Alice & I then had some time to kill and since we had been walking non-stop for a couple of hours this meant only one thing: food. We found a restaurant along the river front and splashed out on our first ever dinner. Yes please to cooked food which hasn’t been made by us!

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My pizza was so yummy but I was so, so stuffed afterwards! My tight denim shorts did not thank me for that.

The Eureka Skydeck was a short walk away from the restaurant – perfect. After buying our tickets and taking an elevator up eighty-eight floors, we were above Melbourne and the views were absolutely incredible. So beautiful!

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The following day it rained which wasn’t too bad but it meant that Alice and I were cold as we walked around since we both didn’t think we needed to take our jackets with us. As it was raining, we navigated ourselves to the nearest tram stop and hopped on the free city circle tram. It was definitely a new experience and one that I really enjoyed – the tram even gives a commentary about landmarks by each stop. Very handy!

We got off near Fitzroy Gardens and walked through to Cook’s Cottage. I was eager to visit this not only because it was a “must see” visitor attraction, but because I had watched a documentary with my mum about Captain James Cook prior to coming.

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The actual cottage was brought from England in 1934 and rebuilt piece by piece which is pretty amazing. Even the ivy is the exact ivy that was growing on the house back in England (they brought a piece over in order for it to grow here in Melbourne) – how crazy is that?!

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kitchen area all set up for Christmas

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upstairs

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Statue of Captain James Cook

The visit to Cook’s cottage was fascinating and reminded me why I love history so much and learning about the past. After reading all the information and taking a look around the discovery centre, we set off for Chinatown.

The dumpling place we had found on the internet was closed for an hour so we wandered back to the STA travel store to sort some things out. On the way, we popped into another travel agency for the Greyhound Bus timetable and were cornered by one of the workers. He wanted to know a lot about exactly what we were doing and whether we had booked certain things. Upon telling him about our plans, he sat us down for at least half an hour, trying to persuade us to go on this five-day diving course in Carins which, by the way, is little under $1000(!) He was extremely persistent, made us feel extremely uncomfortable and was extremely rude and pushy. It just wasn’t a nice experience whatsoever.

Luckily, we cheered ourselves up with some delicious chicken noodles and fried pork dumplings! For $20 we got a massive plate of noodles and twelve dumplings – definitely enough for a full belly!

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I didn’t manage a photo of the dumplings but ahh, this dumpling place had incredible value for money. For only $10 each we were very satisfied and very full.

We then made our way back to the flat for an early night – 6am wake up call for our Great Ocean Road tour, yaaaaaay. We’ve just got back from that this evening so a post will be up in the next few days: keep your eyes peeled!

If you’re not following the adventure already, here are the links:

Instagram📷 & Twitter🐥 – @violahelen_
Snapchat👻 – violahelen

Peace and love,
Viola xo

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P.S. I’m still trying to:
1) Find the time, and
2) Work out how to use iMovie so I can start editing our footage for YouTube vids!

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