Last week I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to the buzzing metropolis of Melbourne, Australia followed by several days in the sparsely populated South Island of New Zealand. I was met with inspiration around every corner, from the vivacious hub of the city to the pristine stillness of the countryside. Narrowing down topics of what to share was a chore. I could easily write an entire post about the quaint Parisian-like alleyways of Melbourne. I would also love to elaborate on just how vibrantly green a single blade of grass shimmers in the New Zealand sun. Instead, I will spare you too many details and give you the highlights from the trip broken down into categories. I hope the diverse array of images give you the boost you need to pot a plant of flowers, hike the nearest mountain, stroll down a new city street, shop for local art and pottery, or finally paint your walls that daring, dark color. Whatever you take from this, I hope it stimulates your senses and reminds you to soak in the beauty that surrounds you daily, whether urban- or rural-inspired.
Flora & Fauna
From the vendors at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne to the rolling hillsides in New Zealand, the abundance of plant and animal life was complete sensory overload. I was that tourist crouching down to take photos of single wildflowers throughout the duration of the trip. Here are a few favorites.
Mountains & Sea
Our trip began with a guided tour of the Great Ocean Road outside Melbourne, where cliffs towered hundreds of feet next to a voracious stretch of sea. It was a major contrast to the calm, clear blue-green water of the Waimakariri River (authentic NZ name!) and the lakes near Mount Cook.
Architecture & Facades
Melbourne has a truly European vibe with a variety of both modern, sleek and traditional, more embellished architecture.
Christchurch is still in utter disrepair following recent earthquake(s). The New Zealand city is in transition from the triple-brick and stone structures of the late 19th century to more sturdy, modern steel and glass structures today. I ache for their architectural history to be kept in tact but unfortunately, what is left is salvageable only to a degree.
Art & Interiors
Most of our days were spent exploring in the wild, so the few interiors I saw during the trip were those of our hotels and restaurants. These below were the most memorable. I also came across some local art that is worth a second look.
I’d love to hear what appeals most to you. Are you a city person or do you prefer the countryside? I must admit the taste of both was an ideal combination and a feast for the eyes.