It’s charming! It’s opulent! It’s amazing!
I feel a smile spread over my face,
As I talk about the city that is creative and colorful as its graffiti lane-ways,
From the “North of the Yarra” to the “South of the Yarra”
Ecstatically, it shines when the glorious sun beams down on it,
It isn’t a magical city; it exits in real situated on the Port Phillip Bay,
And more it thrives as the most live-able city in the world,
Victoria is the second most populous state of Australia and Melbourne is its capital,
No doubt the capital city has enough to arrest us in its charming tentacles,
It is culturally diverse, boasts of colorful dozes of Art and has some real coffee buzz,
The magnificent skyline, the Eureka Tower and the Rialto,
The man-made facades shining through nature’s lovely canvas,
The vibrant mid-day and the beautiful Sunset at St Kilda,
The stretch of 151 miles of scenic drive at Great Ocean Road,
Yes, let’s talk about it all and more!
To get touristy around the city that changes from lane to lane,
Let’s Tram (in the European-designed lozenges) on free City Circle route to mingle with the locals,
And overhear the conversations that tell us where to indulge in its food and cling to its fashion,
“Myki” the smart card system and Melways, the traditional map will take you around,
After your sunny days on the beach, you will love to stroll down St Kilda pier,
There is Swanston, Bourke Street and Flinders Street Station which makes a great meeting point,
I love it more for the murmur, the music of the footsteps of the Federation Square,
And the look of the city from the hanging glass box ‘The Edge’ on the 88th floor of the Eureka Sky-deck,
The urban art and outdoor art gallery in the Melbourne’s lively laneways,
The rainbow of colors and artists moods will arrest your eyes at the Hosier Lane,
You got to check out the creative piece of Movida, a famous restaurant in Australia,
The intricate facades and the aromatic coffee of the Degraves Street,
There is rocking nightlife at the Central Business District, Brunswick Street and in Chapel Street,
To the tourist’s delight, it’s fun to walk around the Block Arcade, Royal Arcade, Royal Exhibition Building,
There is Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Market to China Town.
You find Flower Drum, the world’s best Chinese restaurant in Melbourne
Gorge on the fish and eggplant chips, Lamingtons, Jam Donuts and the Meat pies,
How about some jazz at the “Paris Cat”, the Labor In Vain Hotel, Espy in St Kilda,
Nothing beats Der Raum in the cocktails and some shorthand for espresso drinks,
Grab a cuppa of ‘Seven Seeds’ freshly ground beans,
Choose from the Short Black, Long Black or Flat White,
The city stands alive with dynamic fashion scene,
Grab a chance to wear interesting hats to the Melbourne Cup horse race,
With great swirls of rich colour and noise,
You will love the cyclists and runners go past,
Explore the State Library, Hepburn Springs, the spa town, Escape room or the Healesville Sanctuary,
There is Tote in inner-city Collingwood and the lane life at CafÃ© Creperie Salon AIX,
Fix a date with the Australian green and the wildlife,
And go for the tour to Koala research,
Explore Mount Dandenong and greatest Luna Park.
The extended tram tracks take you to Telstra Dome Stadium and new Docklands,
There are Penguins inviting over from the Philip Island,
And they have a smaller colony in St. Kilda too,
The fascinating skyline 300m high Eureka Tower, the tallest building
And there is the Mitre Tavern, built in 1837, the oldest building,
The greatest sporting arena from 1853, MCG (the Melbourne Cricket Ground)
Its home to Australian Rules football (AFL) too,
Watch it live for its speed and acrobatics,
There is cricket and football too that stirs an excitement in the gut,
With some awesome Tennis action at the Australian Open Tennis Championship in Jan,
Not to forget the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November,
Formula One Grand Prix,
Or the famously known Melbourne International Comedy Festival,
Its happening from Summer Night Market, Fringe Festival, Boat Show to Moonlight Cinema Melbourne,
There is Multiculturalism in the city.
There is more to love about Melbourne,
It’s a melting pot of cultures from people all over the world,
It rich in human element, environment, culture, technology, better planning and legacy,
It welcomes musicians, journalists, artists, writers to live their creative dreams,
Best place for immigrants,
The Melbournians love when it rains and later when it shines,
And it’s the musical capital of Australia,
The world’s largest dedicated screen gallery is at ACMI’s,
The Neighbors tour is awesome,
And of course everyone loves the traditional Boxing Day sales,
In the Downtown Melbourne, streets are laid out at neat right angles,
The eggs on the Brunswick St.,
Halava with custard at the Crossways where you can find lots in vegetarian,
Sunshine, as its name is a sunny suburb which is the property hot spot of Melbourne,
Across several venues happens Melbourne Festival for 17 days in October,
And Author Dave Eggers called Melbourne as New York City’s spiritual cousin.
Through this poem and art, I have made an attempt to tell that how much I know about Melbourne!
“Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?”.
The best answer, chosen by me wins a shopping voucher worth Rs.500.
You may answer in a comment below or tweet with the hash tag #visitmelbourne
Last date for the contest is 5th Jan 2015, Hurry!
This is my post for blogging contest organized by Indiblogger and Tourism Victoria