October 2014 – The Heart of Melbourne (Day 5, Part 2)

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So I did say in the previous post that we visited the Shrine of Remembrance during our day trip to the urban areas of Melbourne. Yes, it was every bit as majestic and awe-inspiring as the photo promises to be.

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I know for a fact that there’s an actual passenger walkway to the Shrine, but what we did was to go up this grass hill and plod on more grass until we got there. πŸ˜€

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It was when we were in this very vicinity that we started to get a glimpse of what this place was going to be about. Of course, to get a more in-depth understanding of the place, dropping by its visitor center was necessary.

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The visitor center is actually situated below the shrine building itself; adding to its coolness were the designs on and around the area – more of which you will see later. πŸ™‚

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There are many informative pictures and books inside the visitor center that give you an idea of the purpose of this place – mainly, to commemorate the Australians, Victorians specifically, who have served in wars or peacekeeping efforts.

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After that, it was time to enter the shrine. Given the nature of the place, being a tourist and taking pictuers is still allowed, but silence and reverence is the way to go. Also, commemorative services of some sort take place from time to time, so it is best to avoid loud conversations altogether in order to avoid accidentally and unintentionally disrupting them.

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One thing I have to say, the ceiling of the first floor is truly, absolutely stunning. It’s so breathtaking, you won’t mind the few seconds of neck pain from staring at it too long. This was the day I cursed myself for not bringing my wider lens in order to be able to capture and save the image of what I saw at that time. For now, these will do:

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Going up the stairs to the terrace doesn’t offer much else but a good view of Melbourne and a better look at the decorations and installations around the Shrine.
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This area with the huge flower installation is one of the two “wings” of the Shrine, which lead to the visitor center when you go through it.

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Hello, Melbourne. You look stunning.

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Before I forget, outside the Shrine burns a flame that they say has never been quenched since the Shrine was built. Yeah, you bet we spent a few minutes just looking at it and discussing it. (Never quenched? Even when it rains? How about if it snows?)

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And a tram in 3, 2, 1…

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You have got to love those colors. One thing about Melbourne is that part of its modern vibe is the random art and colours that just jump at you from this corner or that area.

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Pretty soon we got to a place I never thought I’d see in Melbourne, but well – a love lock bridge! πŸ˜€

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Well, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t originally meant to be a love lock bridge, like how those in Paris are. But it’s still pretty cool to see the phenomenon in the flesh.

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Not the most artistic or well-thought-of shot, but I love how you could see the clouds reflected in the glass.

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We were actually already pretty winded by this time, but upon setting foot in our next destination (named the Crown Hotel or something?), we quickly forgot all that…

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The place just oozes class. It’s obvious that this is one of the places for the rich and privileged. After that thought, we looked at our traveling/freezing tourist attire and suddenly felt a little less welcome. LOL

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That didn’t deter my dad from posing for pictures like this, though. πŸ˜€

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I can never forget that we left Australia ONE DAY before the Melbourne Cup was about to begin. Such a shame.

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Peeking inside a Japanese restaurant, the food of which I am very deprived of right now.

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So much more to see on our walk back home. This is what gives meaning to the phrase “a feast for the eyes”. The photo above has a mini-exhibit of the countries where the people currently living in Melbourne hail from – you’d be amazed at how many countries there were!

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One thing about travelling is that it makes me very appreciative of what beauty there is to be seen in each place of the world. In Melbourne, I got a fun, happy and modern vibe that makes one want to live there. Until next time, Melbourne. ❀

Dann

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