One of my favourite times to be out and about in a large city is the early morning, as the city slowly comes to life, and before the usual mass of people arrive. It is a time of day you share with delivery drivers, cleaners, and those out exercising and walking their dogs.
Part of my weekly routine in Melbourne included early morning runs by the Yarra River. For a large part of the year I got to watch the sun rise during those runs. I am not naturally awake early in the morning, so getting up was a challenge, but those runs were often the highlight of my day.
Yarra River in Melbourne
This morning, I dragged myself out of a cosy bed and braved the cold for a morning run in Lyon. It is not my first run since arriving, but it is the first one I’ve done in the early morning. Similar to Melbourne, my route takes me along the river, this time the Rhône.
As my lungs burned with the cold air, I focussed on the pale pink morning sky and the buildings across the river with purple smoke drifting from their chimneys and the fire orange sun reflected in their windows. There is something about running in a city before the day begins that really makes it feel like yours, and I imagine my new routine here will see many more sunrises by the river.
Happy Christmas from Graham and me. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Merry Christmas sign Flinder Street Station on Christmas Eve
Merry Christmas sign on the side of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia
My work colleagues hosted a surprise farewell lunch for me this week, and gave me an amazing bunch of Australian native flowers and a bag of goodies that are difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
It was a lovely event. Thank you to everyone involved.
One of the things I love about living in the centre of Melbourne is being able able to shop at the Queen Victoria Market. Our market visits are usually limited to early mornings before work, but last week we went to the night market as well.
Sunlit produce at Queen Victoria Market
Over summer, there is a night market each Wednesday. The night market is more about entertainment than shopping. The usual stalls are transformed into seating areas, food vendors, and stages for live music. There are a handful of other stalls selling handmade soaps and candles, homemade fudge, and other pretty gift ideas.
Spanish food vendor at the night market
Food stalls at the night market
Asian BBQ vendor at the night market
While we were there, we took the opportunity to wander around the dairy hall. It was after closing time, and the normally crowded space was unusually quiet.
Quiet dairy hall after closing
Dairy hall at Queen Victoria Market
As we were walking back from the supermarket this evening, Graham captured this amazing photo of the sunset. Yesterday we had thunderstorms; today we had this beautiful orange sky.
Melbourne sunset looking back to the Docklands from the city.
One of the things I enjoy about Melbourne is that there is always something to see or a free event to visit. The last few weeks have been particularly good.
Fireworks over the Docklands, Melbourne
We have had Friday night fireworks at the Docklands, and the Melbourne Open House weekend. The Open House weekend gave us an opportunity to see inside some of the buildings we wander past so often. Graham has photos and more information about the places we visited:
Inside the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne