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Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by John F » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:23 am

And yet:
It seems residents have to pay for what they get, though, with another recent EIU report ranking Sydney as the sixth-most expensive city in the world, with Melbourne coming at No. 7. The survey assessed the cost of living in both cities to be about 40 per cent higher than in New York, mostly because of steep housing costs in Australia.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/melbourn ... 1jjaq.html

So I guess I'll stay here in New York after all. :)
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You could try couchsurfing :)
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Post by lennygoran » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:21 pm

(So I guess I'll stay here in New York after all. )

Well I wanna go but have a dilemma-sydney has the opera but melbourne is the garden capital of australia! Len

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Post by jbuck919 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:32 pm

lennygoran wrote:(So I guess I'll stay here in New York after all. )

Well I wanna go but have a dilemma-sydney has the opera but melbourne is the garden capital of australia! Len
And they're much farther apart than NYC and Warren County, NJ.

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Post by lennygoran » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:48 pm

(And they're much farther apart than NYC and Warren County, NJ.)

Thanks I was wondering about that-I see it's like going from toronto to philadelphia. Len

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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by Agnes Selby » Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:15 pm

lennygoran wrote:(So I guess I'll stay here in New York after all. )

Well I wanna go but have a dilemma-sydney has the opera but melbourne is the garden capital of australia! Len

And Sydney has the Royal Botanical Gardens right next to the Opera House.
Walking distance!!!

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Post by lennygoran » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:16 pm

(And Sydney has the Royal Botanical Gardens right next to the Opera House...
Walking distance!!!)

That's impressive! Do you realize how long it would take to walk from the Met to either the bklyn or bronx botanical gardens ! Len (grin)

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Post by Agnes Selby » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:05 pm

lennygoran wrote:(And Sydney has the Royal Botanical Gardens right next to the Opera House...
Walking distance!!!)

That's impressive! Do you realize how long it would take to walk from the Met to either the bklyn or bronx botanical gardens ! Len (grin)
Actually, I know. don't forget I lived in Phily for 10 years. I am wondering about
my old house in Haverford. There was a lovely brook flowing right next to
the house. I wonder how much damage the water had done.

Speaking of gardens, tomorrow is our first day of Spring. Our azaleas are
just gorgeous!

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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by jack stowaway » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:07 pm

Melbourne is an interesting city; an eclectic mix of business, beachside suburbs, public gardens, restuarants, pubs, tall, modern buildings, heritage housing, and laneways. I mention the latter because the city is rather famous (and inordinately proud of) its many curious little alleyways--each with its own flavour of shops and restaurants.

Melbourne also has a very strong cafe culture. On weekends it can be difficult to find a table at restaurants as a favourite pastime is to read the newspaper over endless cups of latte.

In fact, suburbs tend to be identified with the predominant ethnic food choice. Carlton, for instance, is strongly associated with Italian food, while you go to Springvale for Vietnamese and, increasingly, African fare.

As with any city, you have to find your niche to really fit in. There are many different social and cultural layers. Among younger people, alternative lifestyles hold a strong attraction. For example, followers identify veganism, 'green' initiatives, indie music, cutting-edge fashion etc.

The keynote to Melbourne is probably food. Several of its restaurants are regularly voted among the world's best. That, and the many sporting events which justify its claim to be the sporting capital of the southern hemisphere.

Another strong attraction is the weather. We are at the tail-end of winter at the moment. The temperature tomorrow is forecast to be 20 degrees celsius, going up to 21 on Friday. The winter weather is generally so mild and dry it is preferrable, in my opinion, to the heat of summer.

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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by lennygoran » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:23 am

( don't forget I lived in Phily for 10 years. )

Why bring in Philadelphia-that would take even longer to walk to either the bklyn or bronx botanical gardens-much longer ! Len (grin)

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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by Teresa B » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:57 am

Interestingly, we have the "Selby" Botanical Garden here St. Pete!
:)
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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by lennygoran » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:11 am

(Interestingly, we have the "Selby" Botanical Garden here St. Pete!)


we've been there quite a few times-lovely-it's in sarasota-it would probably take a long time to walk there from st pete-or has a branch of the garden opened in st pete? Len

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Re: Melbourne, Australia, judged world's best city.

Post by Agnes Selby » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:23 pm

Teresa B wrote:Interestingly, we have the "Selby" Botanical Garden here St. Pete!
:)
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How nice to share one's name with a botanical garden! Thank you for letting me know.
What a pity I can't visit it.

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