(re-published to share with Facebook – bear with me folks, I’ll get it eventually)
Melbourne (pronounced Melbun, 4.2 million), the capital of Victoria, a “great” multicultural city, loaded with vitality. The tree-lined streets are full of people, shops, restaurants, bars, theaters, sports venues … and they can use them, the streets that is, 365 days a year because they don’t have to hibernate for 5 months of brutal winter. Wonderful old houses and buildings everywhere. A comprehensive train system links the burbs with the downtown core, and the city itself is covered by a tram network that can get you just about anywhere in a reasonable time (automated payment system, seniors free on weekends), while allowing you to sit back and enjoy the people and the city scenery. Like all cities though, the more money you have, the more fun you’ll have. My trip home on the tram the other evening was “spoiled” when a young woman, silly kid really, stood up and offered me her seat, the bitch – hence the term “grumpy old man”. Here’s a peek at Melbourne (I’m a fan) – more to come, maybe.