We have been walking around a lot in the Melbourne City. Before travelling with Matthias I would just go where my nose pointed me to, but I have learned a new way to explore the city: guides. I used to completely overlook this option and think it is for silly tourists, but I must admit it does help. They give you fun ideas where to go to and sometimes have walking tours to make sure you see as much as possible during your limited time in one location. It is also fun to hear a fact or two about the buildings and areas, instead of just thinking of Googling them later and forget about it straightaway.
Even now, as bizarre as it is, I feel like I am revealing a dark secret you should not say to a traveller backpacker community. But yes, it is true: we use travel guides when we explore cities.
With or without a travel guide, Melbourne CBD is relatively easy to explore. There are a lot of inviting streets and alleyways, interesting shops and cafes, and beautiful and edgy buildings to invite you to have a look. It also feels a bit more pedestrian friendly than Sydney, which makes it easier to just wander.
Melbourne is more rough around the edges and more artsy than Sydney. It has similarities with our old neighbourhood Newtown, and we loved our Newtown. So being in a city that has all the good sides of our old neighbourhood – and more – has been highly enjoyable. The city is also known for its graffiti laneways. The most famous one, Hosier Lane just near the big Flinders Street Station, has been filled with tourists every time we have walked by.
The edgyness is not the only aspect to the city. You can see the effect of gold rush and wealth with it’s beautiful and fancy Victorian buildings and arcades.
Melbourne architecture is a quirky mixture of old and new – Matte and I might disagree at times if it is a succesful combo or not, but at least it creates discussion. There are a lot to like for various personal preference, thus there will be something for everyone.
Melbourne has been everything we expected it to be and we are loving it. These pictures are just a fraction of what we have taken. More to come, stay tuned!