Do you come from a land down under?
I love Australia! This is actually my fourth trip to the land down under. The first was a family trip, and the others have been solo. But not really solo because I have family here! So the primary reason for this particular trip is spending some quality time with them. The sightseeing will take a backseat, although there’s still a lot of fun stuff going on.
As always, there was a train ride to downtown Melbourne. Here’s the requisite shot of me in front of Flinders Station!
And St. Paul’s Cathedral
Across from the station is Federation Square, one of Victoria’s most visited attractions. The public square is bounded by Swanson, Flinders, and Russel Streets, and the Yarra River.
It was a dreary, chilly day so we spent most of it in Melbourne Central, a large shopping mall/ entertainment complex.
The focal point of this mall is Coop’s Shot Tower. Rather than demolishing this historical site, completed in 1888, it was incorporated into the designs of the complex, and is housed under a 84 meter high glass roof. The shot tower was functional until 1961, producing 6 tons of shot weekly, until demand for lead shot declined due to firearm regulations. There you go, shopping with a side of history!
I love coming back to Melbourne! Do you have a favorite travel destination that you keep going back to?