My Trip To India And Australia: Part 14 – Sights In The Melbourne CBD

I spent Sunday and part of Monday in the Melbourne CBD looking around and shopping for a handbag for my wife under her direction. I also snapped a whole lot of pictures and let you show you some of the pictures that I took.

First, I spent some time walking along the Yarra River with the Melbourne skyline the background:

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From this picture, you can see the location where the Australian Open Tennis Championship is played: IMG_1004Speaking of sports, this coming weekend is the opening race of the Formula 1 racing season with the race at nearby Albert Park. I came across this display with a Ferrari Formula 1 car:

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Also along with river is the Crown Melbourne Casino:

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I also took a trip the Melbourne’s Chinatown. It is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World and one of the oldest Chinatowns in the Southern Hemisphere.

IMG_1055_2 IMG_1048_2 IMG_1050_2I came across some lion dancers while I was there:

IMG_1046_2Here’s a shot of Parliament for the state of Victoria:

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The ferris wheel that you see in this shot is the Melbourne Star. Their answer to the London Eye.

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Near the harbor is the Etihad Stadium which is the home to sporting events inculding Aussie Rules Football. It has a retractable roof that takes 8 minutes to close. I had lunch in the area as there’s all sorts of fine dining there:

IMG_1026On my way back to the hotel via rail, I noted the architecture of Southern Cross Station which reminded me of train stations in Europe:

IMG_1070_2Around the hotel that I am staying at, it has quite the nightlife outside. There’s a lot of restaurants, most of which reflect Melbourne Asian community:

IMG_1074IMG_1073 IMG_1075 IMG_1076That continues inside inside the arcade next to the hotel which includes a movie theater:

IMG_1077IMG_1071 IMG_1072Clearly Melbourne has a lot to offer. I was lucky that I had the opportunity to see some of the sights. I’d love the chance to come back and see more. As it stands, I am here until early Thursday morning where I begin my journey home after two weeks on the road. Starting with my experiences flying home on a Qantas Airlines A380. That should be interesting to compare it to the Emirates Airlines A380. Watch for it.

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