One of the things I love about Melbourne are the bike and walking paths. The Capital City Trail is a bit of a favourite of ours. It winds along the Yarra River and there is a section so peaceful and tranquil that you feel like you are out walking in the countryside but are, in fact, only a couple of kilometres from the CBD. A rather crisp Saturday morning became a perfect, sunny afternoon, and my man and I decided to take ourselves off for a stroll. Here’s what we saw.Two little ducks floating along the river. One of them even took a little duck dive. Thank you, little ducky, for entertaining us! Yellow t-shirt man was creating some new artwork on the graffiti wall. I love this splash of colour along the path and the juxtaposition of urban and natural environments.We wandered past the Abbotsford Convent and saw people picnicking in the gardens. I think this is such a beautiful space to spend some time. We’ve had many a coffee here, wandered the grounds, and explored the markets that set up in the convent grounds.
Goats were gambolling, a horse was grazing and the windmill turning at the Collingwood Children’s Farm. This is a wonderful little farm in the city were kids can get up close to farm animals and veggies growing. When my girl was at kindergarten, she got up a little TOO close to a donkey and was swatted in the eyes by its flicking tail! That was a little traumatic!And we stopped for sustenance at the Farm Cafe, of course!
I think that was a pretty nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Lazy but a bit active too with our strolling along the river and climbing over the footbridge and up and down steps to the river. And maybe it was not quite a day out in the bush, but it was a teeny weeny taste.
Do you have a special place you like to visit in your city? Is there a space that makes you feel you’ve travelled further than you really have?