Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Melbourne Bound- Mentally...Hopefully Soon- Physically!

A gift that reminds me of a friend who owns one of the keys to my heart

“Home is where the heart is” when someone says this I give a thumbs up. So when Indiblogger came up with this contest What's your reason for falling in love with Melbourne, the most livable city in the world? the first person who came to my mind was  Chandru, one of my bestie who made it to this enormous island of Australia for his Masters, precisely to ‘MELBOURNE’ about five years ago. What gratifies me is the kind of change the city has brought to his persona which is indeed amazing. Confident, independent, strong and straight out- this for me is nothing less than inspiring. And that would be my first reason to visit Melbourne. It wouldn’t be honest on my part if I would say ‘The Great Ocean Drive’ or “The Melbourne Cricket Ground’ before visiting him. I already have a home at his home in Melbourne you see :-D

 "Whoever you are: some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so well. Enormous space is near…"

As Michael Crichton quotes Rilke in ’Travels’, over a period of time and conversations Chandru has shared his life’s precious moments and experiences in Melbourne with all of us, well almost all. So much so that there are instances when we forget about the time zones and oceans in between! The walk down the road to his house or office, the ride back in tram, the new dish he made – well those are the little moments and things which has brought all of his friends closer to Melbourne even before we have realized. We are familiar with the weather and the people as much as the Australians! As a matter of fact ‘A Trip to Melbourne Very Soon’ is in our common itinerary.

These are a few of the thousands of pictures he shares with us every day. The places he has been to, the sunset which brought him a smile, the drive that gave him a high, the ground that let him play, the people he became friends with and the love the place has shown. No travel website or Internet search engines would give us this perspective towards Melbourne. My list of places to visit and things to do is definitely a long and interesting one therefore.

  • Some cricket at Melbourne Cricket Ground!
  • Some tennis of the Australian Open kind at Rod Laver Arena!
  • The much awaited drive on the Great Ocean Road!
  • Some worthy time at the streets like the Flinder’s Lane, the gardens, the cathedrals, the museums, the libraries and theatres – all which I have heard about. If I were to name everything, the list shall not hold water for they would be the result of me ‘googling’, frankly in my opinion seeing is experiencing and therefore remembering!
  • Some Yarra Valley wine!
  • A tram ride!
  • A strip club visit!
  • A dinner made by Chandru!
  • Some falling in love with the city, like how he fell in love with his wife years ago!
  • Lots of shopping with Nish, his wife !
  • A night full of fun, laughter and conversation!
  • And everything else the city of Melbourne has in store to surprise me!

The couple got recently married in India this month...

here is wishing them a Melbourne-licious life ahead!

Love you both from miles across and see you soon :-D

PS: Planning a visit to Melbourne? Here is something to help you  and do visit Come Alive in Melbourne

"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?". 

And mind you friends, the best answer stands a chance to win a gift voucher. The contest ends on 4th Jan 2015. Do share your thoughts about your dream visit!



Bikram said...

all the best :)

Wishing you and everyone around you a very very happy new yearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


cruxrebels said...

Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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Wish you and your blog a happy new year! :D

Raksha Bhat said...

@Bikram : Thank you so much, a happy one to you too! Wishing you many trips in this year ahead :-D

@cruxrebels :Wishes to you too :-)

Hemaaa said...

Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.

Ranjith said...

I would like to visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which is located in Yarra Park. Cricket has fancied me since childhood. I still remember those days when the elders in my neighbourhood used to start shouting and hunting for us the moment the cricket ball hit by me broke one of their window panes. Running away from them was even more exciting than playing cricket itself.

I used to follow every cricket match played by India religiously and used to analyse and discuss it with friends and siblings for days and months. Being such an enthusiastic fan of cricket, visiting one of the world’s largest cricket stadiums is one of my dreams.

The thought of being seated amongst 95,000 other fans of cricket and cheering the players itself sounds exciting to me. Such large cricket stadiums are one of the ways to explore how much the passion for cricket has penetrated among the people of the world. MCG is located in Yarra Park, which also has many other sporting fields. This would allow me to explore not just cricket, but also many other games.

- Ranjith (http://www.alightheartedtalk.com)

alok said...

Interesting Post
After reading your post and watching all the videos
I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
What’s that noise that I hear ?
Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
So many plces to see and so much to do.
I am thetimetraveler ( http://goo.gl/wdXDzu ) and I have decided … Melbourne here I come ( http://goo.gl/RvUCQf )

Prsthap P said...

Some of the most interesting places which I shortlisted to visit after watching Tanmay and Rohan's videos is here. This comment space would be very less in order to keep on giving the reasons to visit these places once in life, but I am trying to be as short and crisp as possible and these are the must visit places if at all I go to Melbourne in my life.

Yarra Valley for Great Day out and Excellent Wine Tasting tour which seems totally magical. Driving around Yarra Valley in a beautiful and breathtaking places seems like a great country getaway from Melbourne city and so much to see, visit and taste.

Going for a Seal Watching Cruise and Observing those inquisitive & graceful creatures close up, is a trip one will not forget I guess. It seems to be a totally a worthy place for young and old too. So many seals getting close to them could be an absolutely thrilling experience.

Another place I wouldn't want to miss is Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm for some AMAZING Strawberry ice cream and strawberries, it seems like a strawberry heaven with delicious, succulent and mouth watering strawberries ever. I am sure this place visit would be a great experience for the kids too.

Have you watched Penguins parade ? If not, I guess this is the place to visit which is Phillip Island Nature Park. The experience to watch these penguins is Out of this world, a must see for great experience and its awesome

for Animal lovers too. Its like cute litte faires coming in from Ocean. I guess, this is a MUST do experience when I am in Melbourne.

Are you a chocolate lover ? I guess Pannys Amazing World of Chocolate is a must visit place for enjoying some mouth watering chocolates. Also, just watching the huge waterfall of chocolate cascade down is breath taking. And watching the live chocolate making is fun.

If you are a drive freak and love to drive around in some scenic spots, this is the place to visit which is "The Great Ocean Road". Seems like it would be a Great tour, great food and fantastic view.

Some more places which I love to visit is Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, Loch Ard Gorge beach, Chateau Yering BBQ for some amazing Australian BBQ and definitely a hot air balloon ride for spectacular sightseeing and experience in life.

Raksha Bhat said...

@Hemaaa : That sounds like a great plan :-)

@Ranjith: I can relate to your feeling, especially when MCG is one place we talk about with my friend Chandru every other day, he did work for sometime there and managed to get a autographed cricket's shoe! And of course many autographs!:-)

@alok: Hope you get there soon :-D

@Prsthap P: That's quite a list :-)

Manu Khandelwal said...

Amazing Article.
If I get a chance to visit Melbourne then
I would like to spend my time in the Great Otway National Park, because I love watching animals. I would love to take a city tour by travelling on the Tram's of Melbourne. By travelling in tram's I want to explore every nook & corner of Melbourne. Besides this I would love to watch the amazing architectures of Melbourne like Eureka Tower, Royal Exhibition Building, etc. And without enjoying festivals, my journey would be incomplete so I will celebrate Australian Festivals.
And how can I forget The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). As cricket is my favourite sport I would love to watch the Cricket world cup final which will take place at the largest stadium of Australia, that is, MCG.

- Manu
Harstuff Travel - http://goo.gl/6t4oZy

StyleOnStreets said...

Great post.Just loved your blog post. I am in love with driving and road trips, The Great Ocean Road is the ideal place for the people like me. I will surely visit that place in Melbourne and enjoy the sea shore, sunrise and gorgeous mesmerizing view.

Nikita Johri said...

I would love to visit St. Kilda beach in Melbourne and also enjoy watching the Penguin parade there..The serene beauty of the beach coupled with watching the cute penguins in their natural surroundings is sure to make my visit a memorable one! Ofcourse I am going to carry a camera and click lots of pictures to capture all the happy moments there :)
-Nikita @Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff

Vidith Johri said...

Being a person who loves to travel this place has struck my eye.
And here, Eureka Skydeck 88 is going to be first on my list.. i can just imagine the view after reading about it and i feel its going to be awesome.
Then the St. Kilda Beach,the long walk on the beach during the sunset will be just perfect.. And finding gold is also there.. :D
why not get my pockets filled with some tresure hunt..Laneways and Arcades is going to be the place to explore my "Lara croft" skills.. :D :D
Melbourne is going to be a great place to visit and enjoy a holiday..