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nolanguage
20-08-2008, 09:05 AM
I’ve never believed in filling up contest forms, for the simple reason that I feel it’s almost impossible to win among the lakhs of entries. Almost. Because once in a lifetime, fate may spring a pleasant surprise on you.

As it did for me! I filled up a lucky draw form when I went to watch Chak De! India last year — and landed up being the sole winner! And the prize was an all-expense paid trip for two to Melbourne! So, with a ‘free’ Melbourne stay under our belt, my husband and I ventured Down Under with a not-so-free trip to Sydney thrown in at our expense!

Melbourne’s ‘liveability’ is one of its greatest attractions. It’s a laid-back city with an endearing mix of old and new-world charm... easy-going, yet sophisticated. It’s not a place where you need to do something to feel you’re experiencing the city.

So, you needn’t wander around Melbourne just to tick off ‘must-see’ items on your list! Instead, stroll through one of its many beautiful parks, wander around the immaculately preserved Victorian-era downtown, or simply linger over a cup of coffee at one of the trendy cafes along the Yarra waterfront to soak in the city’s vibes. The architecture and random sculptures, stylish restaurants and bars, funky shops and galleries, parks and quirky laneways — all exude a certain charisma!

On our first day in Melbourne, we set out to explore the city on foot, to unravel its beguiling secrets. We ambled along, soaking in the Victorian feel from the gracious homes and wide avenues, to the landscaped gardens and roadside cafes. Burgundy-coloured trams imparted a quaint charm to Melbourne’s urban identity.

On the way, we passed Flinders Street Station — its architectural grandeur and heritage style reminded me of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, only the former was cleaner and better-maintained! Finally, we crossed Princess Bridge to reach Southbank, the chic riverside strip nestled on the banks of the Yarra river.

As I sat on the promenade, it struck me that the standard of living here is quite high and the happiness quotient even more so. Even on a weekday, people were relaxed and enjoying life. Some were sailing, others were jogging or riding bicycles along the promenade, while many were just hanging out by the waterfront.

Then there were coochie-cooing couples, who were too engrossed in each other to notice that sea gulls were merrily picking away at their food!

Having got a taste of Melbourne’s mesmerising charm, we decided to check out its culturally significant landmarks. So, the next day, we boarded the free City Tourist Shuttle. Our first stop was Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building, a Unesco World Heritage site, to see their spectacular display of flowers, plants, garden sculptures and fountains.

We then proceeded to Queen Victoria Market, a vast and vibrant centre of trade & commerce, which is over 125 years old. The sprawling market is a curious blend of high-quality food shops (fantastic breads, cakes, cheese, wine, meat, fruit, veggies) and stalls with cheap clothes, bags, shoes and souvenirs. My husband couldn’t help but remark that QVM was a glorified version of Mumbai’s Crawford market!

Our next stop was William Street, the legal district of Melbourne. The Supreme Court, with its domed library, and County Court are striking examples of the city’s grand architecture. My husband, who’s a lawyer, was excited about posing for pictures in front of the SC, but pooh-poohed my suggestion of clicking his photo outside the County Court, saying its too down-market! Well, the advocates in their starched white shirts and dapper suits looked far from down-market.

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 09:10 AM
Wow, what a coincidence! You won a competition which took you to the city where the company in your signature is based! ;)

Peter
20-08-2008, 09:26 AM
What time are the busses? ;)

janetdc
20-08-2008, 10:56 AM
Well there I was just waiting for the craft element of this travelogue or thinking I'd logged into the wrong site....
:horse:

Ideas In Paper
20-08-2008, 11:57 AM
Thought I was on the visit Australia website

indri
20-08-2008, 12:06 PM
Then there were coochie-cooing couples, who were too engrossed in each other to notice that sea gulls were merrily picking away at their food!



These sound worth seeing in Melbourne! What time's the show?

(I think the seagulls sound like they have the starring role!)

Critchley
20-08-2008, 01:57 PM
Sounds as if theydidn't have to "Dig too deep" to get down under then.

Spirit_of_wales
20-08-2008, 02:07 PM
Thought I was on the visit Australia website
Yes and I thought perhaps our forum members were maybe going to get the chance of winning a visit there too! What do the mods make of this posting?

:)Txx

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 02:08 PM
Yes and I thought perhaps our forum members were maybe going to get the chance of winning a visit there too! What do the mods make of this posting?

:)Txx

I'm not touching it... for entertainment value. ;)

I think they win the Maximum Effort for Minimum Returns award. I've never seen so much typing to try and get a website viewed.

Si.

Peter
20-08-2008, 02:10 PM
Me neither - some spams are quite entertaining, as long as they do no damage. :) Rest assured.........................we're watching it! :D

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 02:12 PM
Rest assured.........................we're watching it! :D

... while hanging out with the coochie-cooers at the waterfront of course. ;)

indri
20-08-2008, 02:18 PM
Even on a weekday, people were relaxed and enjoying life. Some were sailing, others were jogging or riding bicycles along the promenade,



I think these are the people who got lost at the olympics.... took a wrong turn and ended up in Melbourne.

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 02:31 PM
I want to know what happens next to our charming holiday makers in this delightful little story, don't you?

We left them taking photos of people outside the courts. Were they really there to appear in court on criminal charges?

Did an irate lawyer take exception to these people assessing his attire in the style of Trinny and Susannah before brutally attacking them with his attache case?

Were they too busy taking photos and admiring the seagulls to notice the burgundy tram bearing down on them at high speed with brakes squealing frantically?

Or did they get abducted by the desperate owners of a flower shop and forced to write long and romantic tales of their Antipodean travels in order to promote the floral wares?

I want Part II!! :D

Si.

Spirit_of_wales
20-08-2008, 02:46 PM
:pile:Piles of smiles! I'm so glad I joined this forum. You've really made me laugh today, and its good that you mods have left this here. I'm still laughing at woodtattoos last post and thinking how funny it would be if the poster returned with anything such as Part 2....maybe a nighttime visit of the area( oooh oooooohhh I think that might need to be censored), or from an OAP's viewpoint or child's viewpoint...the mind boggles!
Txx

0103media
20-08-2008, 02:53 PM
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22Trip+to+magical+Melbourne+and+to+Austr alia&btnG=Search&meta=

:D

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 02:57 PM
I've found Part II, thanks to MrM!

... and they find PENGUINS!!!!! WOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!! :D

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Features/ET_Travel/Trip_to_magical_Melbourne_and_to_Australia/rssarticleshow/msid-3362462,curpg-2.cms

Si.

Peter
20-08-2008, 02:58 PM
That's it......................I'm going to do 'Pony trek to magical Grimsby and Cleethorpes' :D

Peter
20-08-2008, 03:00 PM
"now it was over to Sizzling Sydney."

I've met 'im. :p

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 03:04 PM
"now it was over to Sizzling Sydney."

I've met 'im. :p

Has he been using the cream to reduce the redness?

Roseberry Crafts
20-08-2008, 03:06 PM
That's it......................I'm going to do 'Pony trek to magical Grimsby and Cleethorpes' :D

Hey Grimsby and Cleethorpes are magical! Well they are at night when all the industry and tacky fairground rides are lit up!

indri
20-08-2008, 03:08 PM
I could do you an article on visiting a not so magical coventry, and the only penguins you'll find are wrapped in plastic and taste chocolatey.http://static.keebali.com/paw-talk.net/forums/images/smilies/may/penguin.gif

I suppose congratulations go to Naveena Israni for winning the trip that has now delighted us all.

Peter
20-08-2008, 03:10 PM
Didn't she win Wimbledon? ;)

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 03:19 PM
That's it......................I'm going to do 'Pony trek to magical Grimsby and Cleethorpes' :D

And I will write "Broken Down Bus on the Magic Roundabout in Swindon".

indri
20-08-2008, 03:23 PM
Didn't she win Wimbledon? ;)

Nah, you're getting muddled she won the Australian Open :D

woodtattoos
20-08-2008, 03:34 PM
I could do you an article on visiting a not so magical coventry, and the only penguins you'll find are wrapped in plastic and taste chocolatey.http://static.keebali.com/paw-talk.net/forums/images/smilies/may/penguin.gif

I suppose congratulations go to Naveena Israni for winning the trip that has now delighted us all.

I'm sure she will be chuffed to bits knowing that the article she poured her heart and soul into is now being used to spam forums.

nolanguage
27-08-2008, 08:25 AM
Thank you for your views, I am glad that you understand.

janetdc
27-08-2008, 09:28 AM
Not sure if that is sarcasm, irony or hyperbole....:horse:

AmyE
27-08-2008, 11:10 AM
hilarious!

Peter
27-08-2008, 01:45 PM
Not sure if that is sarcasm, irony or hyperbole....:horse:

I took it as sarcasm.....................and banned him! :D