Taking a camera around Melbourne CBD

I've been here for a while now, but I went out today. I borrowed a
camera and just walked. I didn't go to see its gorgeous architecture:
the juxtaposition of modern glass and steel against quaint but
majestic churches and buildings of old. I didn't try and see the
sights; didn't go where you should when visiting a new city. I just
walked. Down by a corner where two tram-lines intersect, where there were
people, I sat. It seems to me that when traveling, as wonderful as it
is to see what people of different cultures have built, and how they
live their lives, its really is wonderful to see the people

What's most wonderful in a city such as this, is the diversity of
population that is representative of where the world is heading. We
know the world is mixing. We say it to ourselves, but witnessing so
many different races cross paths, meet-and-greet, buy food and catch
trams is simply a thing of beauty. You see a lot of a foreign land
through postcards and movies, but what you really miss is walking
amongst its people.

Down one end of Swanston St, is Flinders Street Station and Federation
Square. The station, with its older style architecture toys with the
straight lines of the massive structures further south and sits firmly
amidst the crowd of modern office buildings that surround it. A lot of
effort has been put into the central train stations in Melbourne;
Southern Cross was even recognised as "most outstanding new building"
- the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.

Across the road in quite a stark contrast to Flinder's Street Station,
is Federation Square (Fed Square). Fed Square is the fruit of an
international architectural design competition, over the site of the
infamous and universally disliked 'Gas and Fuel' towers. What once was
a divide between the city and the Yarra river, now is an open
invitation, with cafes and bars leading down to paths along the river,
all in spectacular modern splendor.

Apart from eateries, Fed Square features the Australian Center for the
Moving Image (ACMI), SBS, National Gallery Victoria and the Racing
Museum among others, and most interestingly, the Square itself. The
Square plays home to a wild range of performances by local and famous
entertainers, from musicians, dancers, synch-swimmers to the more
eclectic gymnasts, even bull-whip cowboys, and during summer, there's
always something happening there. Fed Square also features a brilliant
view of the surroundings: down toward St. Kilda, the Arts Centre; down
the Yarra River ofcourse; a glorious church and the busy Station. You
will find within its angled walls and marquee, it is in fact quite the
breeding ground of love.

For the more classic romantic, there's nothing like a walk down the
Yarra. The city's 'upside down' river; named so for the silt suspended
by the activity of early setters, but not really detracting from the
picturesque river-side. You see a change in faces here. From the
distinct purposeful walk of a city commuter, people down the river
are relaxed, jogging, bicycling, rowing, or enjoying the different
fetes that often take place close by. Dare I say, you see more smiles
here, and the natural friendliness of the city is more apparent when
business is on hold. Its refreshing, and with the renewed vigor of an
evening jog, you can take on the nightlife.

I may not be a widely-travelled traveler, but I am a wide-eyed
traveller and simply love seeing. Melbourne more-so, picks at more of
your senses, with smells of various cuisines, the warmth of a bright
sun on a crisp nippy morning and the mixed sounds of street musicians
and conversations.

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