The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2011 Livability Ranking has placed Australia's Melbourne city as the most livable city in the world, with a score of 97.5. Austria's Vienna and Canada's Vancouver were ranked on the second and third places respectively among 140 cities. Source: www.economist.com
For those of you who haven't been to Melbourne and are wondering why it won, here are a few snaps from my trip last Christmas.
|Melbourne City View from South Bank (January 2011)|
|Eureka Tower at South Bank - a new addition since my last visit|
|The Palais at St Kilda - and that's Luna Park in the background|
|Mentone Beach - lying on a beach towel (it was 26C and deserted, far too cold for the locals!)|
|Hamer Hall? The Greatest Show On Earth? What a tribute!|
|Love is in the Air - The Myer Melbourne Christmas Windows featured The Nutcracker Suite last year|
|The best chips on the planet (yes chips, not crisps..bloody Poms!) - Burger Rings and Twisties!|
|Harrods from the top deck of the number 14 bus, a regular drive-by after a night out on the town|
|Tower of London - it was just there for the taking|
|View of the Thames from Putney Bridge (from another bus)|
|Richmond Park - splendor in the grass and right next door|
|Another delicate sunset - from the front window of my flat|
|The ice and snow last December - from my (then) office building|
|Footprints in the snow - where I've been|
The first is the one left behind laced with nostalgic and happy rememberings.
And the second is the one where I am quietly proud of the new life I have built for myself. The one where, despite it's lower ranking, I feel like I've come home.