Natural and Man-made Beauties

As you may have deduced from my previous posts, Melbourne is home to an array of beautiful sights produced by Mother Nature and man.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, established in 1954.  The event combines music, food, crafts, and, of course, tulips.  The Tulip Festival is held in Silvan, Victoria in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.  In its 61 years, the festival has grown to 25 acres of land covered in half a million tulips of over 120 varieties.

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I was even able to see a bit of good ol’ Gloucester County, Virginia while visiting the farm.  There was a spread of approximately twenty varieties of daffodils–not quite as vast as the tulips, but bittersweet nonetheless.

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One of Melbourne’s number one attractions is its graffiti streets.  In 1964, graffiti began to appear on buildings of suburban neighborhoods, metro trains and trams, put there by the disaffected youth of the city.  As this vandalism became recognized as an art form, it became prominent in well-seen areas around Melbourne Central.  In 2008, in admiration, Florida’s Disney World took to recreating a Melbourne laneway for a tourism campaign.

While the decorated laneways attract tourists to the Australian city, the government is torn on how to manage the production–art versus vandalism.  For now, graffiti will remain a double-edge sword.

xo

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