The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

November 13, 2014 by David Herd

Corner Swanston & Flinders St

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Melbourne City cold windy even though it was November 2nd and the sky was blue, some of the time at least. It was the start of Melbourne Cup week and the city was crowded with horse racing enthusiasts.

Melbourne City

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Tram travelling along in Swanston St in the Melbourne City.

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Federation Square

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

This is certainly not one of my favorite buildings, looks more like a bomb shelter to me. 🙂 In 2009, Virtual Tourist awarded Federation Square with the title of the ‘World’s Fifth Ugliest Building’. Criticisms of it ranged from its damage to the heritage vista to its similarity to a bombed-out war-time bunker due to its “army camouflage” colours. A judge from Virtual Tourist justified Federation Square’s ranking on the ugly list claiming that: “Frenzied and overly complicated, the chaotic feel of the complex is made worse by a web of unsightly wires from which overhead lights dangle.” It continues to be a “pet hate” of Melburnians and was recently discussed on ABC’s Art Nation.

Melbourne City horse & buggy

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Is it just me who thinks horses & buggy’s look out of place in a city environment? Whether it’s Melbourne City or New York City I really don’t think they add any charm. Sure in Central Park NYC or Melbourne’s park-lands they blend in and are a great attraction.

Horses banned from city May 2017

Melbourne City cold windy 2014 Horses banned from city May 25th 2017, read all about it here.

Swanston St

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

A lazy Sunday in Swanston St.

Famous explorers

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Burke & Wills were probably Australia’s most famous explorers.

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

No better place to have a coffee break than Starbucks.

Flinders St Station

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne City, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street.

Did I mention how cold it was?

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Well it was damn cold & windy but these babes were not concerned at all.

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty's TheatreHer Majesty’s Theatre is a 1,700 seat theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Built in 1886, it is located at 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. It is classified by the National Trust of Australia and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. I saw LES MISÉRABLES in Covent Garden in London and was rather disappointed. The following day I saw Jersey Boys and loved it.

Melbourne City skyline

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Blue sky and freezing cold in Melbourne today.

Crown Casino on the Yarra river

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

The famous Yarra river runs right alongside the city.

Old friends Inge & Geoff Drucker

Lupino Melbourne CityWe worked out that is was 27 years since we last saw each other. It was great to catch up at Lupino in Flinders Lane and chat about old times.

Thanks for visiting my Melbourne City cold windy 2014 photo blog.

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