This will probably be my last Australian post for a while, because I’ve finally come to the end of the photos from my July adventures and I’m moving to the UK in less than three weeks! I’m very excited and I know I’ll be back to Australia soon so I’m not too sad – who knows what the future will bring.
Anyway, these photos are from our first day in Melbourne when we had beautiful weather and I think we walked a total of 15km over the course of the day. I always think walking is the best way to see a city. We went to the Royal Botanic Gardens first and saw the Ornamental Lake, the Rose Pavilion and the Fern Gully, which you can all see below. Then we visited the Shrine of Remembrance and I took that rather geometric shot overlooking the city. It seems a bit out of place in this rather leafy and garden-y post but I think the way they designed the Shrine with that panorama is genius, and I had to include it. Finally, we went to Fitzroy Gardens and I visited the oft-photographed Conservatory and Captain Cook’s cottage, which originally stood in Yorkshire but was disassembled brick-by-brick in the 1930s and moved to Melbourne to be reconstructed into the cottage you see today. Technically, it’s the oldest building in Australia.
This Melbourne trip was quite sentimental to me as I spent the first 10 years of my life there and I have many fond memories of the place. Cook’s Cottage was always a favourite of mine and, looking back, it seems quite fitting that I am now very excited to visit all the beautiful English villages when I move. I have always loved the history and old worldly feel of Europe as equally as the wild and spectacular landscapes of Australia.