Last Thursday evening I, along with my husband , caught a flight to Melbourne to spend a few enjoyable days exploring, some shopping , seeing exhibitions , much dining out and spending time with our son.
We were originally due to fly at 12.00 am but that flight was cancelled , the disadvantage to flying with a budget airline and living on an island .
While the boys went off to an exhibition of Car Design in Australia I had a lovely time exploring and photographing some of Melbourne’s wonderful buildings, both old and new. The first of these is the Exhibition Building, completed in 1880 for Melbourne’s first International Exhibition.The very large, grand building and the surrounding gardens were built to showcase the grandeur and wealth of Melbourne and Victoria at the time , due to the Victorian Gold Rush.
This rather elaborate building built in the free Gothic style is now the ANZ Bank museum and was originally
the Stock Exchange. Elaborately ornamented ,each level of the facade differs from the others.Gargoyles and stained glass windows abound. Unfortunately as it was Saturday the museum was closed but on my to visit list for my next visit.
A close up of one of the gargoyles, an unexpected surprise on a bank building I thought.
This is a back view of some of the buildings making up Federation Square , that includes the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, The Centre for Moving Images and several more. There are also many cafes and bars as well as the Melbourne Visitor Centre. It is always a bustling place with many cultural attractions and events, a great place to people watch.
A view of the skyline with the Yarra River in the foreground taken from an area known as Southbank , a busy restaurant hub.
One thing I enjoy doing is discovering a new area I haven’t explored before and this time I found Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. It is filled with interesting small shops , many housing new, experimental Australian designers and a variety of trendy cafes. I find these areas so much more interesting than any large shopping centre filled with chain stores and clothing that somehow all looks the same.
I am wearing all black , a black Moyuru dress over a black wool top with a black wool jacket and art deco style pin and black hat purchased in Melbourne.
Joining Turning Heads Tuesday.