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IS MELBOURNE BETTER THAN SYDNEY?

 
 
msolga
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 07:02 am
@AC11,
Thanks for that Brisbane update AC! Obviously the place has really changed a great deal since I was there, ages ago.
Can you post images? I'd really like to see some of those places you spoke about. (No problem if you can't, though.)
One thing I loved about Brisbane was those beautiful old weatherboard house on stilts! I could easily live in one of those! Federation, I think. Like this:
http://www.allegria.com.au/houses/images/Series%202%20Images/h045_72.jpg

What are my favourite things about Melbourne? Let me think. They change all the time, as the city changes. I used to enjoy Brunswick Street (which you mentioned) & but don't like it much at all now. Pretty much wall to wall clubs now, since the liquor licensing laws have changed. A lot of those little shops & cafes & dinky little places have vanished or moved on to less expensive locations. Same with Lygon St. (Little Italy) Pretty much a tourist haven now, though I still visit regularly for the bookshops & the good old Nova Cinema ....
OK, so they're the places that used to be special, but no longer are. Wink
I'll save the good stuff for a another post, soon. Smile
msolga
 
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Reply Wed 2 Dec, 2009 11:51 pm
@msolga,
Here we go. My personal favourite bits of Melbourne.

The Yarra River, in the CBD. Much derided & maligned by interstate folk (dirty brown river,etc, etc ... (What would they know? Rolling Eyes ) & loved by every Melbournian.:

http://www.bugbog.com/images/galleries/australia-pictures/melbourne-yarra-river.jpg

It's been the feature of so many Melbourne songs. This one's my favourite. It's gotta be sung with deep feeling & love! Smile :

MY BROWN YARRA

There's a part of me that'll always be
Flowin slowly to the sea
And when I'm far from home I get a shiver
Whenever I think of that river

I had a dream that every city
In the world was just as pretty
And through each town there flowed a stream
Just like the river of my dreams

When I die put me in a barra
Wheel me down to the banks of the Yarra
Dig a hole both deep and narra
Bury me by my brown Yarra

Now people change, they'll let you down
They'll hurt you too, that's what I've found
And though that river flows like mud
In my heart and soul it flows like blood

When I die put me in a barra
Wheel me down to the banks of the Yarra
Dig a hole both deep and narra
Bury me by my brown Yarra

Or drop me off of Princes Bridge
Strapped inside a broken fridge
Drop me down in the murky drink
And let me lie where I sink

`
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 12:05 am
A sentimental favourite. Flinders Street Station, in the CBD. This is the place where you meet people, getting off the trains to the city. "Meet you on the steps, under the clock". Easiest direction possible!:

http://www.australianexplorer.com/photographs/victoria/flinders_street_station_4.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 12:25 am
Federation Square aka "Fed Square". They knocked down an ugly old building to build this. With much heated community debate about an appropriate replacement. (That's Melbourne! Everybody has an expert opinion!) The jury is still out on whether the building is a dog's dinner or something quite splendid. (We are still arguing about that! Laughing ) Me, I wished they'd not built anything at all & created some natural parkland with indigenous plants, leading down to the river. But I didn't get my way, obviously ....
That said, Fed Square is terrific meeting place. The end destination of political demonstrations ... a meeting place. There's a huge video screen which is often used to show all sorts of events to the community. It was jam packed on the morning of Kevin Rudd's (Oz prime minister) formal apology from the nation to the "lost generation" of aboriginal people..
I kinda like the place!

http://www.aila.org.au/victoria/awards2003/images/fed%20square/PLAZA_NYE_SM_med.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 12:48 am
Favourite tram ride. (Melbourne is/was a "tram city", amongst other means of transport (very over-crowded these days, as the city grows like Tospy!) The old trams (known as "rattlers") remain my favourites, though they're a fast vanishing breed.
Anyway, my favourite tram ride is the whole length of the no 96 route.

http://www.facebook.com/number96tram?ref=mf

It takes you from East Brunswick (where I lived for 20 years. A 3 minute walk from the end/beginning of the route) through Nth Carlton, through the CBD, out through South Melbourne to St Kilda. (somehow mysterious becoming fast rail Surprised ) in the latter part of the journey.

Once at St Kilda, you head of & totally disgrace yourself with some of the outrageously exquisite cake shops, or indulge in some real chicken soup in one of the old remaining Jewish cafes, or just chill out on the pier & staring at the water & the city skyline. Heaven! Very Happy

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Melbourne_skyline_panorama_from_st_kilda_pier.jpg/500px-Melbourne_skyline_panorama_from_st_kilda_pier.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda,_Victoria




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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 01:08 am
I have so many other special bits of Melbourne, but I'm going to have to take some short cuts now ... otherwise I'll never get through everything.

Queen Victoria Market, in the city. AKA "Vic Market". A wonderful, bustling place where you can buy anything, from jewellery to bird cages. It gets pretty hectic around closing times!

http://z.about.com/d/studenttravel/1/7/-/N/queen-victoria-market.jpg
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=victoria+market+pictures&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

As well, there are all the different "ethnic quarters" of the Melborne, which are great places for food! For Vietnamese head to Footscray or Richmond, for Chinese got to China Town (Little Bourke St in the CBD or just about anywhere!), for Jewish head out to the eastern suburbs or St Kilda, for Turkish, Lebanese, middle eastern got to Sydney Road, for Greek head to Lonsdale St, for Italian head for Carlton, etc, etc ..
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 01:22 am
Phew! Getting there! (Why did I start this? Neutral )

Ah, Sydney Road! This is my stomping ground. Home territory! Very Happy

If you open this link you'll find a video, for the Sydney Road traders. Admittedly it's promotional, but it'll give you a very good idea of what life is like here. Very multicultural, as you'll see.

http://www.sydneyroad.com.au/home.htm
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 01:37 am
That was the Brunswick stretch of Sydney Road. I lived around there for 20 years (& loved it!), then moved a little further north to a daggier bit of just-off Sydney Road. Now I'm watching on, as trendification takes hold (just as it did in Brunswick), hoping the really good bits of my current community can withstand the (hopefully not too fast, or too inevitable) changes.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 01:52 am
My beautiful Merri Creek. ("merri" is an aboriginal word for a place with a lot of rocks, as I understand it.)
A five minute walk from my front door. Can you believe? Is this a stroke of good luck, or what? Very Happy
I love this creek!
It's struggled, poor little creek, as a result of drought, environmental abuse & neglect. But it's getting there. Things are changing. It will make the distance, I think!

http://www.pool.org.au/files/imagecache/full_size/image/image/Underground%20Productions/IMGP2921.JPG

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merri_Creek
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