Tuesday travels. . . . .Melbourne

As we have been in Melbourne for a couple of days I thought it could be my subject for Tuesday Travels this week and continue with my Scottish travels next week.

My husband came with me this trip and we had an enjoyable couple of days.  The weather was very good, which is unusual for Melbourne.

Things are obviously gearing up for Christmas and there were many primary school groups around, we presumed they had come to see the Christmas windows at Myer. It was very difficult to get a decent picture of the windows so you will need to use your imagination.

Myer window

There were about ten animated window displays all based on the book Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett. The streets were also looking suitably festive.

Christmas decorations

I enjoy wandering Melbourne as the architecture of the buildings is so interesting, (apologies for the overhead tram lines 🙂 )

Manchester Unity building

even when renovation is taking place.

renovation
There are the many lanes that are noted for their street art and of course, The Block Arcade,

Block Arcade

home to Haigh’s  Chocolates.

Haigh's

In the foyer of one of the shopping arcades is this beautiful mosaic, which was part of the Australia Hotel on Collins Street.

Mosaic

There are so many shops you can’t possibly see all of them but we did try.  This shop window reminded me of my younger daughter.

shoesWe finished off our trip with breakfast at our favourite French pâtisserie, Laurent.(our elder daughter introduced us to it many years ago)  There are some lovely photos of the cafe here.

yum

We had journeyed to Melbourne by train this time and of course Flinders Street Station is also renowned for its architecture but it was the signage that caught my eye this time.  The lettering is actually part of the tile, it hasn’t been added as an afterthought.

spitting

The station is about to go through the much needed process of rejuvenation, without destroying the heritage parts of the structure.  The link I gave provides all the details.

Melbourne is a delight to visit and we will be back there soon.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday travels. . . . .Melbourne

  1. I like the look of that pastry! And the shoes, and indeed everything else. Melbourne looks like an interesting place to visit and that last shot through the railing is very striking. Thank you for taking me somewhere warm on a chilly Scottish morning.

  2. You’ve made me just a little homesick and I’m only an hour and a half away from Melbourne! The Myer windows are a tradition I’m going to have to begin with my son soon. The Block Arcade is always charming but I always seem to find a new and fascinating alley when I’m exploring. I Love Flinders St station and am hopeful they retain its grandeur with the renovations. Quite proud to be a Melburnian!

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