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Colors meet Colors

They can’t be used for anything else than storage and hanging out. They don’t have power and you’re not allowed to cook or sleep in them. But they are quite expensive and rarely on the market. Maybe it’s the one thing you buy when you already have everything else.

They all got a similar shape and size and are beautifully painted. And they are a major Instagram attraction. We haven’t seen that many Asian Instagram tourists as we’ve seen in Brighton but we still liked it very much there.

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Wildlife in the City

Saint Kilda is not only a nice neighborhood with a picturesque Luna Park and a little beach, they also have penguins. There lives a colony of small penguins at the pier and every evening after sundown they return from fishing to spend the night there.

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Street Art & Coffee

Besides the street art, they are the main items that define the unique vibe of Melbourne. We’ve already been to some cafés and pubs on our own but with Konrad and Rosalind we made an entire pub crawl. We had met them on our trip into the jungle of Borneo and this time they showed us the way through the jungle of Melbourne. Amongst other bars we’ve been to Section 8 and Troika Bar and had the most amazing and cheapest dumplings you can imagine at Empress of China.

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Cultural Walking Tour

As mentioned earlier, Melbourne does not offer spectacular sights, but outstanding street art. And that is why we decided for the cultural tour. We walked through many narrow lanes and learned about the art on its walls, the artists who produced them and the city itself. There is even a little Banksy hidden somewhere.

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Oldest Outdoor Market

This market exists since the 19th century and is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. You can spend hours there buying all sorts of food and you can eat all sorts of delicacies at the little food stands.

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Melbourne’s Soul

Chris, who I was living with in Sydney, is a big sports fan and so he invited us to an AFL game at the MCG. AFL stands for Australian Football League and is a mix of Rugby, Football and even includes some Basketball elements. It was invented to keep the cricket players fit in winter and as we travelled Melbourne in winter this sport was on.

And luckily there was a big game happening this weekend. Richmond was playing against Essedon and despite heavy rain the massive Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was almost 80% filled. It was a wonderful night including beers before, during and after the game.

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Drinks in the Clouds

An alternative to the Eureka tower where you pay AUD 21 pp is the bar Vue du Monde. It is almost as high and there is no charge to go up. The view from the bar at night is simply breathtaking and even tough drinks are on the pricier side it is so worth the visit.

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Great Ocean Road

It is considered the most stunning coastline in Australia and absolutely deserves this verdict. It starts after Melbourne and continues until halfway to Adelaide. There is the possibility to spot Koalas in the area of Kennett River, followed by the first rock formation called the Gibson Steps before you arrive at the famous 12 Apostles.

There have actually never been 12 of them, but it made a fitting name. Today seven are still standing, heroically protesting against the waves and weather that is constantly nagging on them. When the beach at the Gibson Steps is closed, Loch Ard Gorge is the first chance to go down to the beach and look up these steep cliffs. London Bridge is next on the itinerary and it used to be connected to the main land. The urban legend says, that when its connection broke down a couple was trapped on it and had to be rescued by helicopter. Unfortunately, the “couple” was married but not to each other. Last item on the journey is Bay of Islands where the remaining parts of the former coastline formed little islands.

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