The sounds and smells of the city
It's also the distinct sounds and smells that make Melbourne, well, Melbourne for Fiona. 'There are birds in the city, and the ding of the trams and bikes, and buskers. It's a happy sounding city.'
Fiona concedes that there's an occasional chance of rain in Melbourne, but that rainy days offer the perfect opportunity to visit one of many, many galleries and even sneaking in a bit of wine and cheese tasting at a place like Milk The Cow in St Kilda.
She loves the smell of the city just after the summer/autumn rains, as well as the ever-present hint of coffee aromas and a bakery not too far away.
If it's coffee you're after, prepare to be dazzled. There are so many high quality options that Fiona's favourite can change daily. She does, however, love a coffee from Cup Of Truth, an actual hole in the wall in the subway beneath Flinders Street Station with the 2013 The Age Good Cafe Guide award-winning barista. She also recommends the cafe latte at Chez Dre in South Melbourne.
On sunny days you'll find Fiona and many Melburnians enjoying a picnic and a game of petanque or boules in one of the amazing gardens that surround the city, or gathering with friends at the BBQs that line the banks of the Yarra River.