By now you probably realized that I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I get my thrills through traveling and discovering amazing spots off the beaten path. Whenever I go to a new place, I’m embarrassed to admit that I get as excited as a little kid at a candy store. There is so much to discover. I’m the type that immediately wants to immerse herself in the culture of the people around me. Many of my close friends call me a Sponge, for obvious reasons. I just want to soak every wonderful thing up. It’s a beautiful experience to visit new places and enrich your mind with the diversity that each unique culture brings to the table. My most recent travels took me to a stunning destination that I will always remember with the fondest of memories. Melbourne, Australia.
I remember reading an article a few weeks back that Melbourne was ranked by the Economist Intelligence unit as the world’s most livable city. My curiosity was piqued. I won’t exactly say that I’m a jet-setter, but I’ve been to a great number of places spanning several continents. I wanted to see if Melbourne would meet my personal expectations as the “world’s most livable city”. It was a very pleasant surprise when the beautiful city far surpassed my initial suppositions.
Melbourne is located on the large natural bay of port Phillip it seamlessly combines undeniable views and unique charm. I fell in love with the city instantly. And I must admit that they are some truly amazing hotels in Melbourne. I was almost spoiled for choice. I ended up staying at the Crown Metropol and my room boasted of chic furniture and floor to ceiling windows that afforded me the view of stunning sunsets evening after evening. My week in Melbourne was truly one that was well spent.
My first adventure in Melbourne was in the Escape Room. It sounds a bit scary but it’s actually a game. It’s an interactive puzzle game that gives you 70 minutes to unravel the secrets of a mysterious hidden room. You and fellow players have to work together to solve a number of outrageously fun puzzles to escape. I wasn’t able to win this game but I had a lot of fun trying. I’m definitely practicing for another round on my next visit to Melbourne.
I love nature, so my next visit took me into the lush depths of Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens. I wandered around for hours, completely transfixed by the stunning flora. This is definitely the spot to come to if you’re looking to get in tune with Mother Nature. The sprawling garden houses over 10,000 plant species from around the world and tranquil lakes are dotted here and there throughout the area. I felt a bit like Jane from that storybook, “Tarzan”. Being in such a majestic place made me feel alive and I left feeling oddly peaceful.
I was also lucky enough to visit the Jewish Holocaust Center. This place truly humbled me. It’s an establishment that’s dedicated to the millions of Jews that lost their lives during the Holocaust from 1933-1945. I learned so much from this place and it was a marvelous feeling to soak up all that history. The visit to the center was an indescribable experience.
The food in Melbourne is amazing. My taste buds went into overdrive after all the exotic dishes I sampled. The population in Melbourne is diverse, comprising of people coming from all walks of life. This is reflected in their food, with choices ranging from Italian and Greek food to Japanese and Thai delicacies. I must have gained ten pounds but it was definitely worth it.
My trip to Melbourne, Australia was unparalleled and I look forward to going back again.