Hello Melbourne ! Vol 1

That is a city I never thought I would like; but I actually loved it!

Melbourne is extremely impressive; beautiful modern skyscrapers next to perfectly preserved old buildings, clean and peaceful parks and of course the beautiful Yarra River that crosses the city gracefully.

Starting from getting an easy tourist visa process your only concern should be not to carry any food in your bags, as its definitely not allowed ! We took a direct 11 hour flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan airways and we landed safely in Melbourne. The airport is also great, very modern and the finding our way out was a very fast route.

We rented an apartment in the CBD area very close to the Victoria Library and the City Hall. That area is also famous for the Universities and its possibly the most lively area together with the Yarra River. I adore organised and clean cities and Melbourne is one of them! Our apartment was on the 54th floor so we had a pretty good view as well.

Melbourne is a city where you can walk safely but it also has excellent public transport. People are friendly and nice and they seem to enjoy their city. There is a huge variety of restaurants and bars with cuisine from all over the world in addition to quiet parks small cafes.

Tip: Walk and explore the city and when tired rent a bike and see the parks 

 The National Gallery

 

I loved spending time at the National Gallery. It hosted amazing exhibitions including the latest exhibition of Yayoi Kusama.

“Inside Yayoi Kusama’s Flower obsession 2017. The proliferation of flowers gradually covers all surfaces transforming the domestic space into a spectacular environment”

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Few metres from the Narional Gallery is the famous Yarra River. This area will remind you of Dubai Marina in Dubai. It is a beautiful walk with malls, restaurants and bars. It is a famous spot for locals and tourists and the home for many street artists. First time I saw a man giving “Free Prayers” next to the river!

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Yarra River  & the South Bank

Tip for the Tourist: Visit the Tourist Centre although the Tram around CBD is Free!

Eureka Tower
Eureka Tower towers over Melbourne and is the tallest building in Melbourne and second tallest building in Australia. Built in 2006, the height of this building is 297.3 meters. Until the 2010, when the Burj Khalifa was finished, it was the tallest building in earth. Take some time and visit this its observatory where you can see the time from above. We took the chance to be at the Edge .. and we survived it too!

The Eureka Tower

The Eureka Tower

The Victoria Library

Do not forget to visit the Victoria Library as it is a beautiful building inside out.

 

Hidden Spot: The Edge of The World, Saudi Arabia

I am usually not a fun of the adventures, but this adventure I would recommend it !

Hidden deep in Saudi Arabia, The Edge of the World is the place of unique beauty. The scenery is wild and scary but also peaceful and quiet.

Located only 2 hours away from the capital, the city of Riyadh. In order to reach The Edge of the World you need a proper 4×4 SUV car. The locals recommend you to always go with two cars because it is very common the cars to stuck in the sand.

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Remember that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi so the ladies need a male driver!

The off road driving is dangerous in some parts, so make sure that you have a good driver with you.

The Edge of the World is the favorite spot for pick-nicks. However, make sure you will leave on the day light as when its dark is very difficult to find the way back.

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A Maldivian Retreat

The Maldives is one of the most advertised place on earth. I am sure everyone is secretly wishing to be there at least once in their lifetime. Hence, it is not the easiest trip to do since Male is a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it is a long trip from most of the countries and the hotels are very expensive.

However everyone will admit that the Maldives is a very special on earth. The clear waters, the white sands, the tiny islands spread on the water give the traveler a great experience.

Once you arrive on Male, you will have to get either a speedboat or a sea plane to go to your hotel. There are hotels very close to Male but there are  islands close to two hours away from  Male. When budgeting for your trip in the Maldives, do not forget to calculate this cost.

There are many hotels in the Maldives; from luxurious 5 star hotels to smaller 3 star hotels. You can choose the one which fits your budget. I would say that some of the hotels might be overpriced. At the end of the day, the Maldives is all about the view! You can enjoy the view from any hotel!

Do not forget to snorkeling in the reefs and swim with the baby sharks!

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