Melbourne….Melbs….Meh

Today we arrive in Melbourne, or as some of the locals, and friends who have lived here, call Melbs. Everyone said this was a ‘must see’ sort of city. I was excited to see what it was all about!

I hadn’t really done any research into Melbourne, so I didn’t have an agenda here. The one thing that I definitely wanted to see was the Gaol.

The city feels familiar to me in a way. It’s very reminiscent of cities in Canada I guess. There is a great, free tram that runs in a giant circle around the city. Along the way, an intercom overhead tells you facts about the areas of the city. It beats walking for an hour to get somewhere, that’s for sure! Our first stop was the Old Melbourne Gaol. Australia’s most infamous criminal, albeit unknown to me, was Ned Kelly. He was sort of like a Bonnie and Clyde sort of criminal I guess.

Inside you walk to the gallows. The hallway is lined on either side with cells, most of which were less than 6 feet wide. Prisoners were always separated from one another and spent most days in solitary confinement. This was the Gaol’s system of punishment and reform.

At the end of the building, there’s an area where you can try on Ned Kelly’s armour he wore. A replica, obviously. It makes for a funny photo op. Of course, Chloe and I just had to try it! It’s quite an interesting place! It didn’t take long to do, but I enjoyed visiting.

Having finished the gaol, Chloe suggested we head to the Queen Victoria market. We jumped back on the free tram and made our way there. Once there, it didn’t take long for me to want to leave. I found it pretty gross actually. Other than the fruit market, the shopping wasn’t that great. Definitely not something to write home about. It’s unfortunate because I love a good market, but this one just wasn’t for me I guess. But ya know what, I wouldn’t have known that had I not gone. Better to experience these things instead of going home saying ‘what if.’

Our next day in Melbs we went to Fitzroy. This was an area I was told not to miss. I was excited to see it because everyone said it was a great area of Melbourne.

Well, maybe it’s just me, but Fitzroy wasn’t as fantastic as everyone made it out to be. Other than the vast display of amazing graffiti, I really didn’t get the appeal. We ate at a local brewery called Little Creatures Dining Hall. It was great actually. I enjoyed the beer and food options. They do sharing plates, so we ordered a bit of everything. We like to feast after all. Now sadly, this place has since shut its doors. The location in Fitzroy is no longer there.

Afterwards we sort of wandered around the area. Finding ourselves a little off the beaten path, we decided to call it a day. All in all, Fitzroy reminds me of an area of Toronto called Queen Street West. It’s quirky and has a different vibe compared to the rest of the city.

The next day, we didn’t have much on the docket. We wandered the city streets and found ourselves at the Melbourne Museum. We went in and learned a bit about Melbs and its history. Museums, in any city, are always great places to visit.

Well this brings us round to our last day in Melbourne. Our flight to Auckland (NZ) wasn’t until 11pm, so we had the whole day to wait. We had to be out of our rooms by 11am, but luckily the hostel we stayed in had luggage storage and a large communal area we could lounge in. After locking up our bags, we set out on the streets again. We did a bit of shopping, grabbed a pint and some food. We spent the rest of the day at the hostel just hanging out.

This next part of my adventure I am extremely excited about! How could I come across the globe, so close to New Zealand and not make a trip over there!? I’m so glad Chloe was in agreement! Being such a movie nerd and a LOTR fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Hobbiton in person!

Stay tuned for frolicking with Hobbits and my adventures to follow in NZ!

Until next time…

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