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Planning Your Melbourne Vacation: A 5-Day Itinerary (Part 3)

DAY 4
GAMES & GARDENS DAY

MORNING
Fitzroy Gardens
I don’t know about you but I haven’t seen gardens or parks like these back at home, so I am more than delighted to spend some time around Fitzroy Gardens. Sure there are lots of trees and farms in the Philippines, but there aren’t any parks in the cities. Sad but true.

You can also make a quick visit to Cook’s Cottage and other landmarks in the park.

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I wonder how many events this Royal Exhibition Building has hosted since it opened?

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. So there’s more to this garden than meets the eye. The Royal Exhibition Building also currently functions as a venue for different events. As to date, there is an upcoming Love Vintage Clothing Show starting May 17-19, 2013 and Great Australasian Beer Spectapular on May 24-26, 2013. I think I just may drop by for a visit soon!

Before I forget, Melbourne Museum is just right beside the Royal Exhibition Building so may want to visit that as well.

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The perfect setting for high tea, especially on a nice, sunny day

Rippon Lea Estate & Gardens
If you want a see exactly how people, rich people, lived in Australia back in the day then this is the place to be. It’s like walking into a Downton Abbey film set where everything is as it was back in the day. Just click on the link and you’ll find details on admission fees, opening hours, and house tour schedules, among others.

AFTERNOON or EVENING
Melbourne, I think, wouldn’t be Melbourne without its love for sports.

Currently, it is AFL season. If you aren’t all too familiar with footy but loves sports, you are sure to enjoy game day. The moment you see the crowd boarding off the train with their team scarves, jumpers, and jerseys, you wish you’re watching with them. So, book a ticket and join the electrifying crowd cheering and chanting for their favourite teams.

DAY 5
SUNDAY CHURCH & MARKET

MORNING
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one impressive structure to visit, especially for those of the Roman Catholic faith. From Melbourne Town Hall, you can catch the 109 tram and alight at Albert St.

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Am I the only one who loves going to markets?

MIDDAY / AFTERNOON
Queen Victoria Market
From Albert St., ride tram 109 going back to the city and alight at Elizabeth St. to catch tram 19, 57, or 59 and alight at Queen Victoria Market.

Here, you can have a good cup of brew at Market Lane Coffee, a warm pastry called Borek, and maybe a more familiar jam donut from the truck outside before embarking on a little souvenir shopping.

Once you’re past the butchers, the deli section, and the produce section, you have to make your way to the outdoor market where stall after stall of trinkets and other souvenir items are waiting for you. If you ask me, I love the Secret Gully Puppets with their adorable and well-crafted pieces. It’d be hard to miss.

Note: Queen Victoria market is only open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends. Opening hours vary so check the website.

Well, that’s about it. I am still discovering Melbourne and I would like to know the city and the neighbouring areas more intimately. This is roughly the places where I would take my parents to; some of the activities I would recommend to friends with kids; or how I would introduce Melbourne to friends who are slowly getting to know this city.

Over all, it’s seems very “touristy” but once again, it’s up to you to edit out the parts you don’t want and shape the itinerary according to your interests.

Click here for Part 1 of the itinerary

Click here for Part 2 of the itinerary

P.S. A condensed version of this itinerary will follow shortly

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

© LezGoMelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com 2013 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including photos if any, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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LezGo to Queen Victoria Market

I’ve been to Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne CBD for about 3 or 4 times. I can’t remember how many times exactly but I love going there. The fresh fruit stalls, the organic produce, the deli shops, and the outdoor souvenir and dry goods market makes you want to spend a whole day there.

Compared to Footscray Market, Queen Victoria Market is more accessible as it is situated in the CBD, so you can easily catch a tram or train to get there. You can easily catch the tram on Elizabeth St. from Flinders Station to get there.

It’s also nice that Queen Victoria Market has an organic produce section that allows you buy anything from the basic herbs such as basil to whole wheat flour. And if you know what produce are in season, you will easily find a good range of them being sold in the organic section at a competitive price. For one, I bought an organic rock melon for $4 apiece when non-organic melons are sold at $3 each.

The variety of deli shops is also mesmerizing. By mesmerizing I mean I’ve seen cheese being sold whose name I can’t even pronounce, and the cuts of preserved meat hanging on the stall windows, I don’t think I’ve encountered most of them. And then there are stalls that offer fresh baked bread, hand-made butter, and the now infamous borek. Fresh butter, how can anyone pass that up?

Fruits too can go for a real bargain with pomegranate sold for $2 apiece, strawberries for $3 for 2 large punnets, and figs for $6 a punnet. The supply and demand can be different on days so you really have to go and see what bargains you can take advantage of.

Basically, what you need is in Queen Victoria Market. However, if you want to easily buy chili leaves, green mangoes, plantains, and other goods that you would usually find in an Asian market, then I highly suggest that you go to Footscray market. Oh, the treasures I find there are truly one of a kind.

For now, here are some items I grabbed during my grocery shopping.

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Different shades of red. Roses $6 for two bouquets, Truss tomatoes at $1.99/kg, and Strawberries at a bargain for $3 for two large punnets

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All organic produce. Potatoes at $2.95/kg, Lettuce at $2.95 apiece, Red Onions at $3.99/kg, and Basil at $2.95 each

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All organic fruits. Golden Nectarines at $5.99/kg, Seedless Grapes at $3.99/kg, Rockmelon $4 apiece, and Bananas at $2.50/kg

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Non-organic but still fabulous produce. Figs at $6 per punnet, Coriander at $2 per bundle, Avocado is $3 per piece, Lemongrass is 60 cents, and Broccoli Leaves is $2 per bundle.

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Seafood fare! Ahoy mates! Prawns at $15/kg, Barramundi at $10.50/kg, and Live Mussels at $6/kg. Also Garlic at $1.50, Butter is $2.10 for $10 per kg, $3 Grated Parmesan, and Lemongrass at 60 cents apiece.

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

© LezGoMelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com 2013 Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including photos if any, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Lezgomelbourne/Lezgomelbourne.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.