Melbourne: Shrine of Remembrance, Botanic Gardens, and more

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Today was our last day in Melbourne, with our flight back to Brisbane at 10pm. After checking out of our serviced apartment, Dorcas, and temporarily storing  our luggage with them, we walked across the street to visit the Shrine of Remembrance.

“Built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who servd in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is a site of annual observances of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day and is one of the largest war memorials in Australia.”

An impressive structure, even from afar

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View of the front

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View from the front

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Two visitors being given a tour. At their feet is the Stone of Remembrance, engraved with “Greater love hath no man.”

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Every year at 11am on Remembrance Day (Nov 11), sunlight shining through the aperture lights up the word “love” on the Stone of Remembrance below.

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You can actually go upstairs and onto the balcony

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View from above the front entrance, looking into the CBD

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The Cenotaph and Eternal Flame to the right of the front entrance

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View from the back of the balcony

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Walking around the side towards entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens

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Higher up view of the same side

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We then crossed the street to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, a lovely space to enjoy all sorts of activity.

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While we sat in the park to have brunch, we saw an Asian church group gathering singing songs and playing games, a family with 2 children playing soccer, and 2 girlfriends doing yoga.

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A real life ugly duckling? First time I’ve seen a black swan!

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After a short walk through the gardens, we walked towards the city, stopping to properly visit the National Gallery of Victoria – International. Although we didn’t take any photos, we were quite impressed at the collection, and the fact that it was completely free for visitors – highly recommend!

The Arts Centre is right next door. Perhaps we will see a show next time we are in Melbourne.

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By now, we were starting to think about lunch and passed by Federation Square where they were having Pancake Day! Not wanting to spoil our appetites for lunch, we didn’t participate in the festivities which looked like fun.

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We had already decided to search for one of our favourite dishes, Japanese ramen, for lunch. After finding Little Ramen Bar on Urbanspoon with an 87% rating, we walked in anticipation all the way there only to find out they are closed on Sundays! Our bad for not paying more attention. Where did we end up having lunch? Find out on the next blog! 😉

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