Battering the soles in Melbourne

A check on the phone revealed that we will have clocked up around 90km of walking in Melbourne by the time we get onto our flight to Chiang Mai. We have found Melbourne to be a very walkable city and should the legs get a little too weary you can always ‘cheat’ and hop on a tram.

Here is a selection of pictures from our wandering around the city.

No matter where in the world, when you pass a well known landmark there will be a wedding photo shoot in progress – this time it was The Royal Exhibition building in Carlton.
In almost every area of the city we came across building walls sporting works of art.


Snapped this while cycling – more impressed by the scale of it – it covered almost the entire wall of an old warehouse.
The next big thing in cycling?
Pan made for an irresistible target in Fitzroy Gardens – he resides in the Fuchsia and hydrangea conservatory.
The fuchsias were in hanging baskets and made for a spectacular display.
Very pleasant weather on New Years day saw a sizeable crowd scattered through the Botanic Gardens on the South side of the Yarra river.
Note sure what these water Lilly like flowers were on the lake edge
We noticed that the old schools were numbered rather than named – ” I am in form 1 at 307″
While walking to dinner one evening, ‘Kupe’ (our navigator) took us through the Melbourne General Cemetery – we were commenting on the very high percentage of Italian names when we stumbled upon (image below) 
Really! I guess there must be plenty of fans in Melbourne who need reassurance that The King is really dead. It was up there with the most impressive headstones on display.



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