With the weekend to explore, my trusty lonely planet guide came to my aid! With a plan to go to the sunday Makers Market near the art centre and then follow the walking tour and recapture what I had felt on thursday, I headed off on the city tram. The market was quaint, with lots on show. The cupcakes drew me in, as did some hand painted tights, pictures of Melbourne and some hand crafted cushions – which made me think of Em. Patiently i waited for a shot of the skyline with a tram in front, I didn’t have to wait long!
A stroll back to Federation square, and a cheeky wifi stop, I ate lunch and watched a street juggler. Following the walking tour, I saw ACMI, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which I hope to see a film in at some point, then was taken past the street graffiti in Hosier Lane. Colourful and quirky, it reflects Melbourne’s vibe.
Catching Parliament House and then St Patrick’s cathedral, with some impressive stained glass windows, I then ventured through Parliament Gardens. Past Jersey Boys at the Princess Theatre, then down Little Bourke Street into Chinatown. A wander along Bourke Street allowed me to enjoy the street performers, particularly enjoying a band called woodlock.
A stroll through the side street shops in Royal Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street then finishing up back at Yarra river through Flinders Street Station. Chilly and bothered only by flies for insect life, it is quite a contrast to Brisbane. Definitely like it though and keen to live here in the months to come.