GAMES & GARDENS DAY
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.
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.
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.
SUNDAY CHURCH & MARKET
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.
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.
P.S. A condensed version of this itinerary will follow shortly
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