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Melbourne City View from Hotel in St Kilda Road
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Melbourne is a Gracious and Beautiful City, with some beautiful suburbs and homes. It is a city of culture and style, offering everyone whatever their choice... from Sports to Theatre to Fine Art.
I lived most of my life in Melbourne, and my heart and soul will always reside in Melbourne.
 Here I studied at three Universities, taught at Seven schools, owned three florist shops, served in the Army Reserve and walked many of the beautiful gardens.

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"Wonderful Melbourne so Gracious and Beautiful"
  Sep 13, 2005:  Marguerite, Australian living in Korea
Melbourne viewed from the Park View hotel Pool areaMelbourne across Albert Park lakeSouth Eastern Freeway ExitTennis Centre Viewed from 32nd floor of a buildingCollins Street ArcadeUnderground RailBourke Street
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The Park View was in St Kilda Road which was a tram ride away from the city, and also a walking distance of 25-30 minutes.
I lost my money at the Casino and walked back through South Melbourne, across Albert Park Lake and through very busy Queens Road to the hotel quite easily, so I know the walk is possible and pleasant.
The hotel had a fantastic restaurant below as well as a small bar for evening drinks. There were many other eating and drinking places around.
The hotel was used mainly by Insurance and other business groups as it was adjacent to many seminar and training venues, and everyone I spoke to was there training or working somewhere.
I was doing a training with Insurance and that is how I stayed here, as this was their choice of hotel, and thus removed somewhat from a traveller's choice.
The view from the Gynmasium and pool across to Melbourne was wonderful. I would pedal the bike and read the paper, and spent time looking across, at a fantastic view when I stood by the window of the pool area.
It was a nice meeting place for people staying at the hotel.
Sometimes we walked to our training place...and I also went to the city and walked Collins Street..the Paris of Melbourne of the past, and today too, with its elegant tree lights and huge skyrise apartment buildings.
The shops are wonderful. I wandered into an arcade and had my hair done, went out to the Underground, sat in the park with my old lover, went to the Arts Centre and the Superb Science Building, had my hair redone in Toorak, bought some great clothes,and lost the last of my money at the Casino....all exciting and hugely pleasurable experiences. Melbourne does that to you.
The National Gallery is well worth visiting, and so is Domain Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance. The gardens are full of some stunning sculptures and a floral clock.
I drove out to Eltham and Kangaroo Ground where I used to live and saw my old shops at Caulfield and Glenhuntly. I remembered my horse being trained at Caulfield and how my flowers decorated the Flemington Race Tracks every year for when I was a florist.
Yes, Melbourne holds many memories, and is also the city I love best.

Melbourne is the grand Duchesse of Australia and should not be missed.
Marguerite 2005

Melbourne viewed from across Albert Park Lake
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Bourke Street
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Collins Street Arcade Melbourne Australia
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Melbourne Arts Centre from 32nd floor Building
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