Top Melbourne Destinations and Restaurants

I have been lucky enough to travel to Melbourne thrice as a tourist, so now I kind of consider myself an expert with plenty of information about the city. In all the visits, I discovered new places, restaurants and cafes. When my friend and I boarded our business class flights to Melbourne, we never knew this Australian city would become such a special place for us. The city is such that you almost don’t want to leave. It lures and attracts you in a strange way. You wish to visit again and again. Below mentioned are the top destinations and Restaurants that I loved best.

Rockpool Bar and Grill

For the finest steaks and burgers, I would recommend everyone a visit to the classy Rockpool Bar and Grill restaurant in Melbourne. It has a superb menu and all dishes that I have tasted are delicious.

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

The scenic drive on the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Port Campbell is a must. Along the way you will be able to photograph wild coastal scenery and stunning beaches that border the road. You can stop at the Apollo Bay hotel for a delicious lunch and short rest. The last stop should be at the seaside of Port Campbell where you will have a great time surely. So make sure that you book this amazing tour.

Yarra Valley Wine

I loved the Yarra Valley wine tour. In this tour, you get to visit the best wineries in the region. You have a wonderful lunch and get to taste some of the finest wines. The drive through the valley is very scenic, so be sure to take along your camera.

St Kilda Beach

Sitting on business class flights to Melbourne, all tourists can’t help but think about all those amazing beaches that are popular all over the world. You can actually hear the waves and picture the clear blue water. If you are heading to Melbourne for the first time, then you will know what I am talking about after the trip. St Kilda Beach is the most popular and happening beach in the city. In my opinion, it is the first beach that you ought to visit. From here you can also enjoy the city’s skyline.

Smokin’ and Drinkin’

No one cooks meat better than Smokin’ and Drinkin’. This bar on Johnston Street is a hit among the locals and I loved it too.

Royal Botanic Gardens

These internationally renowned botanic gardens are a big attraction for tourists and one can imagine why. Spread over 38 hectors, the beautifully manicured landscapes, native vegetation and unique plants are a nature’s paradise.

Queen Victoria Market

Popularly known as the ‘Queen’, this market is a major tourist attraction in Melbourne. Here you will be able to buy clothes, shoes and jewellery. A variety of fruits and vegetables are also for sale here. The hustle and bustle makes the whole place quite exciting.

Vacation in Beautiful Kennebunk, Maine

Kennebunk, Maine, was first settled in 1640. The earliest visitors to the coastline were 16th -century fisherman who often put ashore on the coast of Maine. American Indians populated the area and by 1690 Indian uprisings had driven most of the settlers from the area. According to the Town of Kennebunk, Maine, it wasn’t long before the settlers returned, and Kennebunk became a shipbuilding district where ship captains built beautiful mansions overlooking the sea.

Modern Kennebunk

Today Kennebunk is a year-round vacation destination, and the mansions built by the seafaring captains have been exquisitely restored and made available to the public as charming and quaint inns. Your visit to historic Kennebunk will take you back in time to the days of whaling schooners and five-masted ships while still providing all the modern amenities you want.

Attractions

.   Most people know Walker’s Point in Kennebunk is the summer home of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara. Other members of the Bush family are frequent visitors to the family compound. Secret Service officers keep guard at the main gate, and the driveway to the main house is visible to curious tourists.

.   Among the popular adventures visitors to Kennebunk enjoy is a whale-watching trip. The Gulf of Maine is the spring feeding ground for many varieties of the great fish. On your ocean trip you might spot the finback, humpback, and minke. There will also be plenty of dolphins, porpoise, seals, and seabirds to enjoy. Have your camera ready to document your exciting day.

.   Goat Island Lighthouse is the single lighthouse in the Kennebunks, although there are others within short driving distances. According to Visit Maine, it was built in 1834 to guard the entrance to Cape Porpoise Harbor and is viewable by boat or from the shore. It is only open to visitor by special arrangement. It is on the list of favorite lighthouses for photographers.

.   Goose Rocks Beach, nine miles down the road from the town of Kennebunk, is a lovely secluded sandy spot where you can collect seashells, stare off into the sea, bask in the sun, or enjoy the night display of stars. The beach has three miles of gorgeous coastline, and you can kayak or canoe from the beach to the local islands.

.   Cape Porpoise is two miles from Kennebunkport and is a charming fishing village. You will want your camera handy, as there is so much to see. Sea birds are everywhere and you can watch the lobsterman hard at work on the dock. Before you head back to your lodging stop in at one of the local restaurants to enjoy a great Maine lobster. Your vacation will not be complete until you enjoy some of Maine’s delicious seafood.

Kennebunk is home to some of the best fine dining restaurants in the state. In addition to excellent lodging, dining, and attractions, visitors enjoy the many unique gift shops in the area. Make this the year you and your family visit Kennebunk, Maine.

Kinkaku-Ji (The Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto

Nothing is as symbolic of Kyoto as Kinkaku-ji’s golden reflection shimmering on the surface of the pond before it. A lot of people should be familiar with such a picture as it appears on postcards and guidebooks. I would like to share my personal experience with Kinkakuji.

When I first visited Kinkakuji Temple, my expectation was not too high. I have always been a big fan of Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) because of its wabi, Sabi and Shibui concept and I have enjoyed visiting there many times. But it took me a long time to visit Kinkakuji finally until one of my friends visiting Japan requested a Kinkakuji visit during her stay in Kyoto. I have to admit I used to associate the gold leaf covering Kinkakuji with some air of vulgar prosperity and think that’s not my taste.

However, when I visited Kinkakuji finally and faced it, I stood in awe of just how gold Kinkakuji actually appeared. The pavilion appeared to float on the small pond. It was bright, of course, but in a “muted” way. Its gold leaf was clear and impressive, but not overwhelming as I expected it would be. There was a positive yet quiet aura emanating from the ancient structure… According to the Japanese aesthetics, “the aristocratic ideal of “Miyabi” demanded the elimination of anything that was absurd or vulgar and the polishing of manners, diction, and feelings to eliminate all roughness and crudity so as to achieve the highest grace.” That might be something I have experienced there on that day.

The way it sits in the scenery is wonderful with beautiful green mountains in the background. The water surrounds the building and it indeed has a beautiful reflections. After visiting so many temples, you might get bored and think that this temple is just another one. You’re wrong, this temple is unique.

The other elements around Kinkakuji such as silent ponds, a clean waterfall, prayerful statue and restful tea rooms blend together beautifully and contribute to the overall charm of the temple. The air there is purifying.

Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba – An Amazing Circus Spectacle

Blessed with the world’s most incredible acts of acrobats and live performances, the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show probably offers the best entertainment option of its kind in Florida. The one of a kind avant-garde circus spectacle is in fact a true inspiration to celebrate life in a way not possible in mundane world today. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best of what an impressively innovative circus has to offer. And I think La Nouba is truly a magical delight whose inexpressible beauty is best experienced only when seeing it live by yourself.

La Nouba as the name suggests aims at giving an out of the world experience to its ever-increasing fan-base. Also it is exciting to know that among the most celebrated stage shows of the Cirque du Soleil production, La Nouba boasts some of the most difficult aspects of the Cirque shows. Whether it’s the awesome cast and their daring acts or their outrageous costumes and the moving live music with professional bands and singers, there awaits a whole new theatrical experience altogether. In fact it’s all about the incredible performances by a group of over sixty-five most talented artists from across the globe that makes the show one of the most favourite Cirque offerings ever.

All of the performers including gymnast, acrobats, dancers and clowns in the show are highly talented artists and professionals. They are extensively trained in the art of story-telling through movement in their bodies. Seeing them performing live in such high energy theatrical acts is a rare experience. As an audience it seems the journey of imagination has never been presented in such rich, engaging and awe-inspiring way. It is no surprise that while the performers contort on the suspended ropes the audience just get dragged into a world never seen before.

Imagine a show where every act performed is an extraordinary feat of imagination. Imagine a theatre that brings to you an incredible ninety minutes of art, life and high drama in the most engaging and mystifying way possible. La Nouba is a real theatrical delight of all times. The freestanding theatre at the Downtown Disney West Side of the WDW (Walt Disney World) Resort leaves no stone unturned to keep the excitement alive and ever -refreshing. Since inception there is always something new and exciting to cheer for at La Nouba, as the show never grows old.

Moreover, like all other favourite WDW attractions, Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba is also inspired with new experiences for fans and vacationers. And the latest option that is available for guests in this regard is the launch of the all new “L’Experience”. It offers a highly personalized and exclusive Cirque experience, including access to special behind-the-scene tour of the stage and opportunity to meet the favourite performers.