Walking the streets of Melbourne CBD are a little different these days…
Gone are the hordes of interstaters that loiter at the market on football weekends, gone is the traffic, gone are the busy street corners, the dark suits and the constant dinging from trams. Instead, we have peace and quiet. Fewer cars, less noise, not near as many shoulders to rub and just so much more to look at. Walking these streets on my 5km - 1-hour allotment of exercise is ace! The laneways, the random shop open here and there and the restaurants all spruiking their pivoted offerings. The changes are sad to see, but the city still looks as good as ever.
Places we stood in line for just to eat at, now offer door to door delivery. We can take home packs filled with produce to cook up our versions of award-winning recipes, we can do a contact-free drive by and pick up anything we want, Melbourne may be in lockdown, but getting fabulous take away is never a problem.
Absolute treats in lockdown have been...
Walking the laneways with a dog off lead is something I won’t be doing ever again. So, of course, I am taking advantage of it! Street art is everywhere you look in the laneways, and a pandemic certainly hasn’t stopped it, so having the chance to see theses streets virtually empty is great fun with so much to see. The city of Melbourne do guide tours throughout the year, but with crowds, weekend activities and life in general always putting the full stop on fun, now may be your chance to explore without the guilt! (Assuming you are within 5km of CBD and do it within the hour! Mask on!)
Self-guided walks within + around the CBD
With the path out of stage 4 lockdown coming to a head this weekend, it will be interesting to see if the old Melbourne returns. If restaurants stay inclusive rather than exclusive, if the hordes will return in their suits and the streets will fill with students again.
We wait with bated breath, in a mask, of course.
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