A vacation to Australia simply isn’t complete without a visit to the extraordinary city of Melbourne. Voted the ‘most livable’ city in the world, 5 years running there are many reasons to love this city. The restaurants, coffee houses, unique laneways, the performing arts scene, friendly locals, non-stop shopping and of courses, the Penguin Parade which occurs nightly at Phillip Island.
There may be a hint of partiality in my tone when I write about Melbourne as I have a large family presence there (father’s side). I visit them often which, in turn, gives me the opportunity to extend my visit to other parts of Australia and to New Zealand. My parents, and most of my father’s family emigrated from Poland to Melbourne in the late 1960’s before my father continued his journey to the USA and made this country our home.
As I don’t have any extended family here in the US, the draw to visit my Melbourne family is always great. I therefore try to visit at least once every 2 yrs., in the months of Jan. & Feb (their summer). A few months ago I returned from a 6 week trip to the Melbourne area (a suburb called ‘Endeavour Hills’) as my aunt was nearing the end of her life and I wanted to spend time with her before she died. Although this particular visit was an especially sad occasion, I was grateful for the opportunity to visit with her, my family and of course the wonderful Melbourne region.
Since I travel to Melbourne so regularly, I often think of Melbourne as my 2nd home. I always look forward to when I can return and enjoy again the phenomenal Australian kindness, culture, sights and country. There is no place like it, in the world, so a visit here is one that will keep in your memory, for years to come.