"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?"
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Australia is the country which has something for everyone. It is full of the most amazing sights. Melbourne is the crest jewel of Australia. I love Melbourne for various reasons. Let me discuss a few.
I am an environmentalist. Now you may ask what has that to do with Melbourne. Well there is a connection and that too a very close one. River Yarra flows through Melbourne. Its water is crystal clear. It is so clean that you can directly drink from it. It is hard to belive that it was once full of toxic sewage and industrial effluently which gave out such an obnoxious smell that Melbourne had acquired the nick name Smellbourne. However strong political will and community efforts converted the ugly river into clean, pristine waters. This is indeed quite an achievement. Hence I love Melbourne. I hope that my countrymen, the politicians included, derive some inspiration from the Yarra's success story and clean up all the rivers which flow through our lands.
Melbourne is the outcome of the marriage of Victorian grandeur with the avant garde glass and steel in umpteen geometric shapes. On one bank of the Yarra stands stately red brick Flinders Street Station along with the soaring neo Gothic spires of St. Paul's cathedral. On the opposite bank is the Eureka tower. It has the highest viewing deck in the southern hemisphere. There is more to it – it has glass facade which is emblazoned with a rectangle of 24 carat gold which is also slashed by a line of red, which is quite dramatic. It symbolizes the 1850's gold rush. It was that gold rush which made Melbourne rich.
As you walk through the back lanes of the city centre, there are many surprises for you. So you will come across the mural of an aboriginal girl representing the original residents of the city. Let me share a nugget with you. The land where Melbourne stands was bought by an early settler from aboriginals. The consideration for the deal was – bundle of blankets and knives.
Further you will absolutely fall in love with the elegant art deco buildings and colonial era tea rooms of Melbourne. Melbourne is one of the most multi-cultural cities of the world. So there is plethora of Greek, Vietnamese and Chinese eateries. Melbourne is renowned for its trendy restaurants which offer the world famous OzMod i.e. modern Australian cuisine.
For sports enthusiasts the trip to Melbourne will not be complete without a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It houses a portrait of Sachin Tendulkar prominently. However, it is football and not cricket which rules Australia. I love Melbourne for the support which it gives to football.
Melbourne is the city you will fall in love with again and again. Hope this eternal romance goes forever.