Melbourne central business districtMelbourne was terrific.  I had five full days of walking the CBD from my hotel apartment to the Melbourne Cricket Grounds for the conference events and then to restaurants and bars usually along the Yarra River in the evenings.  We did ride the streetcars several times.  I was able to go for a jog two of the mornings past historic buildings and through beautiful garden parks.

I spent Saturday walking the city with my friends from the US who were here for the conference - Jon Laabs and Bernard Bull.  We walked nearly 7 kilometers over the course of 6 1/2 hours as we zig-zagged all over the city... from the Queen Victoria Markets to the old Flinders Street Rail Station; to the Federation Square where we watched a street performer; to an arts festival along the Yarra River; to the Parliament of Victoria and St. Patrick's Cathedral; and on to Fitzroy Gardens.

I found Melbourne to be a great walking city with clean and safe streets and a great mix of old Victorian buildings and modern skyscrapers.