My City

Fantastic view of the Melbourne skyline in all it glory and the Princes Bridge

Melbourne Skyline and Princes Bridge

I realised while I waxing lyrical about all these cities I have not mentioned my own. As I started writing this post I realised why. I have so much to say, how do you fit a lifetimes experience of a city into a post? Simple answer you don’t, I love my city and have hundreds of anecdotes about it but to fit in this blog I thought I would highlight some reasons for a visitor to call on Melbourne.

If you want some history of Melbourne then this site will be useful for you to look at.

Melbourne Street all lit up and welcoming

Melbourne street

Melbourne to me has everything, an openness about it with the river and architecture and fabulous parks; yet the streets and arcades create an intimate and close atmosphere. Tucked away in this warren that is not claustrophobic, you will find many of Melbourne’s famed restaurants and bars, the ‘secrets’ of the place. One in particular a visitor might enjoy is our tram restaurant with its 5* chefs and a site seeing tour of the city, perfect way to introduce you to the city.

Melbournes restaurant tram complet with 5* chefs and a site seeing tour

Melbourne Restaurant Tram

Above all as a visitor to Melbourne you will find the people so friendly and welcoming ( just like me)  we are well-known for out philanthropic outlook and we are always keen to help anyone. Look out for the ‘City ambassadors” a group of tourism volunteers who can show you the sites. I did some time volunteering for this and it is a great way to meet people and network – to this day I have contact with a number of people I met doing that.

Brighton Beach, at Port Philip famous for its colourful bathing boxes and the Melbourne skyline

Brighton Beach where I will be his next weekend!

So a taster of what Melbourne can offer, found writing this harder than the other cities, I want to share so much but I will leave this post today with a link for some interesting facts about Melbourne. For me Melbourne is just The Best City so I am sure I will be back to tell you more.

The Best City for Nightlife

Nightlife is an important aspect of any city’s make up. When I talk about nightlife I don’t just mean clubs and bars (though they are of course important), but all the entertainment: ballets, plays, concerts, operas, shows and cultural activities that occur at night. In that regard, there’s no place like home! Melbourne has a rich and varied nightlife, we have better pubs and bars than Sydney and a fantastic selection of performing arts. Check out the Comic’s Lounge for a cheap and fun night out, it pulls in some of the big names in comedy, but actually some the new up and coming comedians are best.

Some of the world's best nightlife can befound in EuropeOutside of Australia, I rate some of the European cities pretty highly. London is great for everything from traditional pubs, to cutting-edge nightclubs, with everything from the Royal Ballet and musicals in between. Berlin is my personal favourite, this gritty and arty city has the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in the world. It’s perfect for scruffy people like me, I can wear what I like and still get in the club, yipee! A lot of the places are hard to find for tourists so it helps to go out with a savvy local who keeps up-to-date with what’s hot. Plus, the prices are really reasonable compared to other Western European cities. However, for those really know how to party the ultimate choice is Belgrade in Serbia. It’s a city that never sleeps, the locals are energetic and fun, and in the summer much of the clubbing action moves to barges called ‘splavs’ anchored at the riverbank.

What are your favourite cities for nightlife?