Australia’s Cosmopolitan City


Out of all the cities I have visited, Melbourne is the place that reminds of home the most. There is a very vibrant, multicultural feel with different areas of the city home to different nationalities and backgrounds. For instance, Lygon Street is Melbourne’s version of the Danforth with Greek pastry shops, restaurants and cafes lining both sides of the boulevard.

The downtown core is very beautiful and well designed. The Yarra River runs right through the middle of the city and both banks of the river have been beautified and developed with chic restaurants and cafes, high rise condos and office buildings.

Another great thing about being in Australia in January is the Tennis. The last time I was down here, I managed to score tickets to see Roger Federer play his first match in the Australian Open. I didn’t get match tickets this time around, but I got a media pass and managed to get a taste of the tournament.

I was fortunate to be here for Australia day. You can really see the national pride in the people here. Flags were flying everywhere and the fireworks displays were off the charts. I spent the afternoon at St Kilda beach, a very trendy part of town and also one of the most expensive. A bottle of wine and a small order of seafood was $110! A goal of mine this time in Australia was to photograph some of the indigenous people of Australia for my series “People of the World”. It is a shame that I still have not encountered anyone of Aboriginal decent.

Melbourne is a very walk-friendly city, but there is a very substantial metro rail system in place. It was very easy to get from the suburbs to any point in the city. I actually walked the city, camera in hand to capture some of the urban beauty. I started in the early hours of the morning at the Queen Victoria Market. It was a great place to get started, as they had plenty of food vendors to fuel me up for a day of walking with 38 pounds of glass strapped to my back. My first of many meals in the market was at a Melbourne landmark. It is a truck that is converted into a donut factory. I ate three of these delicious, jelly filled, sugar coated, greasy, hot and steaming calorie bags.

The market itself sells everything from fresh fish and meat to electronics and clothing. I could not count the number of vendors that were selling Ugg boots. I still cannot understand why women around the world are clinging to this horrendous trend. Apparently, the boots were created for Australian pilots in WW1. The airplanes were very cold and warmer footwear was required. Australia and New Zealand had an ample supply of sheep, so sheepskin was the material of choice. Voila, the ugliest footwear since Crocs were created!

From the market , I made my way around the core of the city, ending at Southern Cross train station. It was an entire day of walking, but well worth it. It was a warm up for the other major metropolitan cities I plan to document and describe on this expedition.

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne Central Plaza

Melbourne Central Plaza

An Aussie "Bloke" at St Kilda Beach

An Aussie "Bloke" at St Kilda Beach


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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