on the banks of the Yarra

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Mr FD and I are flying to the city of Melbourne, in Victoria, this morning and staying there until Sunday evening. Regular readers will remember that a couple of months ago I won an all expenses trip to a Teacher Librarians’ Conference, and I will be attending that conference on Friday. Flights and accommodation are covered by the prize money, so we are making the most of it.

The Public Purse - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Public Purse – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The conference will be held within the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV claim to have the best high teas in town, so I am thinking that Mr FD can meet me there after the conference and we shall take a genteel tea.

melbourne Stained Glass roof at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

melbourne National Gallery of Victoria

We are staying in the city centre and so can take advantage of the free central city tram to get around.

melbourne tram

We have made no firm sightseeing plans, but it is about five years since we have been to Melbourne and so no doubt there are lots of things to see. The Aquarium is on our  to do list though.

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I want to see as much of this as possible…

La Trobe Reading Room showing Dome, State Library of Victoria. Melbourne Australia

La Trobe Reading Room showing Dome, State Library of Victoria. Melbourne Australia

 

The Fitzroy Garden in Melbourne Australia has an area with "Fairy Trees" that were carved and painted (before 1945) and magical.

The Fitzroy Garden in Melbourne Australia has an area with “Fairy Trees” that were carved and painted (before 1945) and magical.

Sinking Building outside the State Library, Melbourne, Australia

Sinking Building outside the State Library, Melbourne, Australia

 

Victorian architecture on Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia.

Victorian architecture on Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Centre Place Melbourne: it's like a cross between Hogwarts Train Station and Times Square

Centre Place Melbourne: it’s like a cross between Hogwarts Train Station and Times Square

Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD, Australia.

Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD, Australia.

Hopetoun Tea Room - Blcok Arcade, Melbourne, Australia.

Hopetoun Tea Room – Block Arcade, Melbourne, Australia.

Shot Tower, Melbourne Central - This is a heritage listed building that a cone shaped dome was built around in order to preserve it. Melbourne, Australia, 2006

Shot Tower, Melbourne Central – This is a heritage listed building that a cone shaped dome was built around in order to preserve it. Melbourne, Australia, 2006

 

See you Monday!

PUNTING - ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE

PUNTING – ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE

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6 thoughts on “on the banks of the Yarra

  1. Why don’t we have cool public art like you do? All we get are dancing “aliens” and giant blue bears that look like they’re made of papier maché. (And that demon possessed horse at the airport…)

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  2. My old stomping grounds in the 70’s. Much changed by the look of it. Rode those old green trams, you could see the road through the floor boards and the power bar would fly off to the side at corners and bring it to a halt. Your conference hall used to be a run down part of town where I’d take the “Tats” of football pools slips.

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