AND ANOTHER YEAR ENDS // Melbourne, Australia

I honestly tried googling (I know, I sadly use ‘Google’ as a verb) quotes about the new year when thinking about what to name this post, but they were either far too sentimental/religious/spiritual or about drinking. So I settled for something that is simple and gets the message across – a happy new year to 2016! It is absolutely crazy to think back to the start of 2015, which I celebrated by letting off fireworks in the back streets of Prague whilst drinking cheap beer out of 2 litre bottles with some of my best friends, my brother and Chris (and a bunch of random exchange students). How things change…SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Chris and I took it easy this end of year celebration, cooking a feast at home, drinking wine whilst dreaming about the future, before eventually walking over to Flagstaff Gardens to watch the midnight fireworks. We had planned to go camping, but it was a 38 degree day in Melbourne, so we didn’t feel like suffering in a tent! It was a wonderfully chilled out night, and we spent to first day of the year being equally as chilled out with a picnic lunch at the Fitzroy Gardens.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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I had admittedly never been to the Fitzroy Gardens, but apparently it is quite the tourist hotspot. We were quite content reading and lazing around, though my inner tourist did end up dragging us around the gardens to check out the main attractions. A random model Tudor village, for one.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Me: “Awwww Chris, the houses are so cute!”

Chris: “Why is everything that is small cute….”

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Another main sight is the Fairies’ Tree, a large tree stump carved by a children’ author and artist. I found the artists’ sentiments about the tree to be quite beautiful, hence why I have included a photo of the plaque.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Melbourne’s alleged oldest building also stands in the gardens – Cook’s Cottage. We found a sign describing the history of the building, and had a bit of laugh about the city’s claims of the buildings age. It was built in 1755 in England, and was shipped to Australia in 1934. Stretching that claim out a bit, I think!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Our last stop was the conservatory. The inside was beautiful, bursting with colourful flowers and greenery. However our appreciation was short lived, as it was cramped and we spent most of our time dodging selfie sticks!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSo there you have it, another day of being tourists in our own city!

I hope everyone had a wonderful beginning to the new year. I am honestly extremely excited for 2016, and I look forward to what is coming. Travel to more exotic places, perhaps?

– Reanna

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