Shot on Nikon Df with 24-85mm lens and 105mm lens
In addition to re-vists to St Kilda, Harbour Town, Chinatown, Crown Casino, and the Yarra Valley chocolate factory and wineries, we explored a few other landmarks this year. The Royal Botanic Gardens, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, and Luna Park were attractions that we had skipped during previous trips to Melbourne, so we avoided the crowds on New Years Day and took the opportunity to visit these well-known sites.
The National Gallery of Victoria boasted a wide variety of impressive exhibitions, from golden carousels to floating wooden model structures- all in addition to the typical contemporary and classic art pieces.
Similarly, the State Library of Victoria held numerous exhibitions, with the major one showcasing the history of books and storytelling, which I found especially fascinating. If you have ever visited this State Library, you will know that the architecture of the building itself is enough to admire for a whole day, so you can imagine my chagrin upon entering and only being allowed a three-hour timeframe before our next destination.
This destination was St Kilda, which was as perfect as I remembered it. We walked along the boardwalk, beating the late afternoon heat with gelato, and eventually found our way to Luna Park. This theme park has become such an icon of Melbourne that we felt like criminals for never stopping for photos. It's almost like not visiting the Opera House or Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Unthinkable. So we quickly redeemed ourselves by taking shots from every possible angle, including normal expressions, silly expressions, jump shots, using DSLR cameras, phone cameras and film cameras.
The last whole day in Melbourne was my brother's birthday, which was spent shopping in different music stores and book stores, before a gratifying dinner at Cervo in the Crown Casino. And of course, we couldn't leave without marvelling at the last fire ball show of the day.