Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Melbourne... Its not a place, it is a dream...

Everyone enjoys spending time with their loved ones. So do I. Visiting a place once and then revisiting that place in memories, for million times, is something I enjoy the most. Well, not to forget; clicking the pictures at the place and posting the pictures on Facebook, aiming for the maximum likes is another thing I enjoy. Who doesn't?

Lately, I was been discussing with my spouse, regarding our trip to celebrate our second anniversary. He gave me two days to choose a good place and let him know, so that he could research a bit about the place before our visit. There began my search for a perfect place for our second honeymoon. After a bit of research on internet and talking to a friend, I came to a conclusion, that there is no better place then Melbourne to visit. 

That evening, when he got back home, I told him, that I have decided a place to celebrate our anniversary, and it is Melbourne. He laughed and said, " Melbourne is a most livable city in the world and not a place to go for a holiday". His statement made me disheartened. But, I had already made my mind and had started dreaming of my visit to Melbourne. To make my this dream come true, I had to convince my husband. 

Next morning, when he left for his office, I started making plans to convince him somehow. I wanted to do this in an unique way. So, I took my laptop and typed a mail which was like below.

Dear Hubby, 

I know you must be surprised to see my mail at this hour of the day. Having a blogger wife for 2 years, must have made you understood by now, that we bloggers are good at expressing our feelings by writing, rather then expressing it face to face. Yesterday, when you told me that Melbourne is good a place to live and not to visit, I was confused about my decision. Then I remembered my Blog friend Shruti, who had posted her pictures of her visit to Melbourne. I immediately pinged her and asked her about her experience in Melbourne. As expected I got positive response. Now before you start thinking what is so special about the place. let me give you a brief.

Melbourne's historic architecture and modern lifestyle has given this place a complete new meaning. Its famous roof top restaurants, where we can enjoy a romantic dinner and watching a movie underneath the sky is one of my wish. Well, you can fulfill your long lasting wish of having a lager beer in Australia as well. And if this is not enough we can also visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground of which you can boost to your friends.


Our next visit to Federation Square would be one of the most amazing experience of our lifetime. There, we can not only see the mind blowing modern architecture but also the amalgamation of museums, galleries and also events along with some of the best restaurants and cafes. I have also heard that the live performance at the amphitheatre is one of the best thing that one can ever experience. Do you still think we have to miss this chance?

Just imagine how would you feel driving along the ocean 243 Kms long. Yes, that is the Great Ocean Road. I don't think we can ever get this chance in life. A drive through the Great Ocean Road is the one thing which can be imagined only in dreams. While on this amazing drive, we can also explore so many beautiful places like Torquay, Appolo Bay, Otway National Park and not to forget Anglesea, where we can see kangaroos resting under the trees. Visiting Australia and not seeing kangaroos is not fair, Isn't it?

After enjoying so many things of your choice, I think it wouldn't be wrong to think about my pleasure a little bit lastly. Yeah! your guess is right. I am talking about shopping!!! Queen Victoria Market, which is considered one of the largest market in the world, is what I wish to visit. That pretty red dress which I was not able to find in any malls in India, will definitely be available here. After that lets visit Chapel Street and shop some more. I know shopping doesn't excite you as much as it does to me, but you can do the window shopping as well. 

You may also watch Tanmay and Rohan enjoying Hot Air Baloon here. 

In short, sports lover, fashion freak or a foodie, Melbourne has something for everyone in stores. I hope my mail will help you to decide better. See you in the evening.

Love,

I was still not sure if my mail would change his mind. Now I had no other option but only to wait. He returned back to home at his usual time. But, there was nothing new in his behavior. I guessed that he must have not read my mail. After having his tea he as usual switched on the TV. Disappointed I went back to my room and started reading a book, Few minutes later my eyes feel on an envelop addressed with my name. I opened it carefully and found.....

Two tickets to Melbourne... :)




This post is written for Indiblogger Tourism Victoria Contest. Click here to know more.

Well, readers. I hope you have enjoyed my post on Melbourne and its beautiful places. So, now its your turn to win something. Do answer a simple question given below and you could win a shopping voucher worth Rs.500/-.

"Which of these places would you want to visit in Melbourne and why?

This contest is closed on 05-01-2015. 
No more entries will be accepted

And soo..... The results are out. And the winner is?????
DEEPAK BANDEKAR


Congratulations Deepak, for winning the shopping voucher worth Rs.500/-..


20 comments:

  1. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I’d most like to visit the Dandenong Ranges for it’s scenic beauty, breathtaking view and cool breeze blowing through my hair. :P I’d give anything away for driving through the winding roads which are present throughout the ranges. I’d love to stay at one of the bed and breakfast cottages and go on frequent excursions in the forests with my camera which provides excellent views. And not to forget the famous ride in the Puffing Billy, a day reserved especially for that. To add to that, there are also several picnic spots for me and my friends to spend a fun-filled day and the ranges are a perfect spot for hiking and cycling.

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    1. Hey Cruxrebels:) Wish you and your blog a happy new year too.
      Well, thanks for participating in my contest.:)

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  2. a great post ,nicely described about the scenic beauty as well as the must watch of Melbourne that too like a story, that what makes your post stand out from others and watching all videos, i want to visit the Penguin Parade as these small, aquatic, flightless birds are nature's gift and so rare and so beautiful.They can't be missed . In short it will be heavenly experience .

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      Good luck to you too.

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  3. Great post. These crazy videos of Tanmay and Rohan have made my wish of visiting Melbourne even stronger. The best of all is the Hot Air Balloon. I would love to fly over the vineyards enjoying its breath taking view.
    Its been my dream to fly someday; at least by this way my wish would be fulfilled. Another thing that excites me about Hot Air Balloon are the beautiful mountains. No doubt they would look absolutely amazing. Hot Air Balloon is one such adventure where we can experience thrill and soothing feeling both at once. Not to forget, I would take many pictures of lush green mountains and vineyards which would go directly on my photography blog. The size of the balloon is quite shocking. Rohan says its as much as 4 storied building.

    Unbelievable man!

    Good luck for the contest.

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    1. Hey Deepak. Thank you for your detailed description of how much you loved the Hot Air Baloon.
      Thanks for paticipation. Good luck :)

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  4. Wonderful post and interesting videos that make me feel that
    Melbourne invites the eternal romantic in me to hold hands with my beloved and go see the Twelve Apostles .Go on long drives on the great ocean road. In the middle of nowhere in a vineyard spread a table and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine with my dear one. Enjoy the sunsets holding hands and do lots of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and see all the graffiti being created at the hosier lane.
    Great Post and interesting videos watching them I am sure to visit Sovereign Hill for spending some time in the era gone by. The lure of gold and panning for some nuggets is a temptation that is too much to resist. After I have found the gold I am bound to celebrate it with some wine so I will visit the vineyards and enjoy some great wine from the Yarra region .Visit the Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and have my fill with this yummy delight.
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    1. How true. Thanks for the participation Hemaaa. No doubt chocolate factory is one amazing place to visit.. Tempting it sounds.. Isn't it. Good luck by the way :)

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  5. Being a nature lover, Australian flora and fauna appeals to my inner senses. If I ever have a plan, I would like to explore the flora and fauna, quite unique to Australia. Maybe, cuddle a koala bear as well, in one of their national parks.

    - Ranjith (http://www.alightheartedtalk.com)

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  6. Interesting Post
    After reading your post and watching all the videos
    I feel I have stepped into a kaleidoscope called Melbourne
    Where Vistas of experiences would unfold one after another
    The nature lover in me is enticed by the thought of watching the penguin parade.
    Traveling though the great ocean road, soaking up the freshness as the breeze ruffles my hair gets me in the mood to pack my bags for Melbourne.
    But before I can move ,Puffing Billy whistles and invites me for a ride. The kid in me jumps with joy at the thought of visiting Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
    Even before I can deside on the list of places that I would like to see in and around Melbourne.
    What’s that noise that I hear ?
    Oh its loud cheer from MCG as the cricket world cup 2015 is about to kick start.
    So many plces to see and so much to do.
    I am thetimetraveler ( http://goo.gl/wdXDzu ) and I have decided … Melbourne here I come ( http://goo.gl/RvUCQf ).

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    1. Thanks for the participation. I agree with your views:)
      All the best..

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  7. Great post! After reading your post & watching all the videos, I would definitely want to visit all those amazing places when I get to visit Melbourne :) But of all, my top pick would be a visit to Yarra valley for a beautiful sunrise balloon flight. After seeing the video, I can't stop myself from dreaming a romantic magical flight above the scenic vineyards and watching the sunrise from up above! Throw in my favorite wine, I will doubly enjoy the ride sipping my glass and taking sensational selfies all the way :) Now I can't think of a better way of spending a vacation!!

    Next of course, cruising through the great ocean road in a open-top car to enjoy the coastal scenery and the iconic 12 apostles for the nature's amazing work at play. Then a ride around the city in the vintage trams to enjoy its urban splendor and the legendary puffing billy to enjoy its natural splendor. Finally a day at the hot springs to unwind and totally rejuvenate myself :)

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    1. Hey Suji. Thank you for participating in the contest. No doubt Melbourne is as amazing as you have described. Good luck..

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  8. Hi!
    We know beauty never need words but without words it cannot be explained and when you get wordless after seeing it... your mouth still get open wide and WOW comes out. Dear! Your explanation about Melbourne is wonderful and picturesque description. I am a person who always attracted to nature first of any place so I would love to see the Melbourne Nature & Wildlife. The 12 Apostles rock formations is world famous rocks which changes its color in sunrise and sun set. And then I will see the Phillip Island Nature Park where I want to see the animals which I hardly see in India. I never saw Penguins, Koala and other animals.
    Driving on a smooth road with natural beauty around you, it always gives you a feeling of heaven on Earth. I would love to drive on Great Ocean Road which is also famous in world to give you a scenic experience and the pleasure of that driving is amazing.

    Bhawna

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    1. So true Bhawna.. Melbourne is a beautiful. That is why I have chosen a title as "Its not place, It is a dream" Thank you for the participation..

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  9. I think the attractions put together by you in Melbourne are distinctive in their own terms.
    I would like to plan a trip to Grampians as I did not know this place has eye catching sights to offer.
    Also,I am always fascinated by captivating and unified waterfalls and what better than visiting one of the state's largest waterfalls here.
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    1. Hmmm Great choice Farah.. You have got unique choice. Well, Thanks for participating.
      Good luck for the contest:)

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  10. Will I want to cuddle a koala? Will I want to look into the eyes of a kangaroo? Will I want to watch the penguins parade by? Yes, all of these... and even the shopping and the crowd-watching and art-gazing that is there aplenty in Melbourne.

    So I will go for the early morning balloon ride to the Yarra valley, a segway hour or two along the Yarra riverfront, and a tram ride through the town.

    So, will I get what I want?
    Sure...
    1. There will be enough opportunity to click the contemporary and heritage architecture that is to be found here
    2. I'll sit by the public art displays and sketch a few of them on my iPad
    3. I'll watch the city from the top and get views that aren't possible otherwise

    By the way, I loved reading your post too... and might follow a few tips given there.

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  11. Hey ,Superb post ,so all set to pack bags to have a thrill at Melbourne,Now being high on my wish list .U’ve very well covered the best of Melbourne and for the entry in contest ,there cannot ever be a single place for me.It has to be a bouquet of places to calm down my zest to explore it.So naming ,first comes the Great Ocean road not just to linger or have a decent walk but to amaze myself with Jetskiing ,Scuba diving and to try swim with Dolphins,seal Yay,these beautiful creatures would be lucky to share a swim with me.ha ha.Then it would be Eureka Sky deck, to have an awe inspiring experience to be closest to sky and get the sky deck view of this liveable city, MCG to watch and cheer the players on one of the worlds best cricket ground!

    Wishing u Best of Luck & a great year ahead.

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