These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017

Day 30 - I'm not sure of my vote. It seems that the cities of Sydney and Melbourne have always had a bit of a rivalry. I'm not sure where I sit on choosing the 'best' city. Although I did really like the stunning scenery and compactness of the former, I have to admit that today I witnessed many of Melbourne's charms.

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017

The city is definitely friendly and every single bit of human contact today was more than cordial. We found the downtown core filled with visitor ambassadors who were volunteers helping visitors. Even an ordinary guy noticing I was trying to figure out our map offered help and suggestions for getting to Queen Victoria Market. I think today's city might win on friendliness.

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017

Moreover, transit was excellent here. Similar to other cities with progressive transit, a downtown core area offered free service. We noticed that a huge number of tram lines serviced the neighbourhoods. The system ran a special bus to the cruise port because our ship was visiting. Downtown was about 20 minutes from the sea.

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017

With the number of arts venues we saw, there is a prosperous cultural scene. In a related observation, Melbourne seems extremely multicultural and damn proud of it. The China town wasn't very large but we saw most ethnic groups represented. There was a bit banner visible from the main square near Flinders Street Station stating that "Refugees are welcomed in Melbourne".

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017

We took several trips to down today. We first got there right in the morning. We returned after a little rest at the MS Noordam from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Most of the trips were on the shuttle bus to the Arts Centre but the final trip back to the boat was on Tram #109. Although the ship doesn't leave until midnight we were back in time for dinner. By 8:30 a rainstorm had come that must have dumped a whole lot of water.

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017

So, for the quality of life perspective, I'd say I could probably settle right into today's city. Yet, there was something I cannot exactly define that intrigued me about Sydney too. I never had much of an opinion about Australia before visiting but after seeing these two cities, my view is very positive. Hey, as the seasons here are opposite to home, we could do a future winter in Australia! I guess, for now, I should probably abstain from voting for which city is best.

Tuesday, Ocrober 24, 2017


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