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5 Days in Another City – Melbourne January 2009 – a photo essay in chunks
Journal of a sojourn in the southern capital from afternoon, 14th, to morning of 19th January. [This blog to be developed & continued on my blogspot blog – http://jrpoulter.blogspot.com/ ]
Virgin Blue ushered us in to a Melbourne welcome such us as only Melbourne can turn on – 37 degree heat with a cold wind! The next day was typically 21.
Did I pack for all seasons – sort of – short sleeved T-shirts and a Jacket.
We stayed in Melbourne’s newest hotel – Causeway 353 Little Collins Street – opened in October 08. Breakfast was thrown in!
When we arrived the access alley way was a hive of activity.
Cafes and diners were opened – about 8 in that alley way. Shops and specialist food outlets were abuzz. People wandered up and down continuously.
By evening it was a different story – deserted!
This was typical of most of the lane and alleyways in the City.
I have to say, not knowing Melbourne, it made finding a place for tea interesting, especially if tired and not wanting to walk for yonks! By the time we left we knew every eatery open post 6.00pm!
‘Interesting’ stuff is around every corner! Loved the arcades! Below are some views of the Royal Arcade – Popular name “Gog & Magog” after the 2 charmers who bong the chimes every 15 minutes and once for each hour on the hour. You can hear it streets away.
The specialty shops were myriad – you name it!
Temptation lurked around every corner – the solution – walk, walk, walk it off!
Everything was colourful and
Gog and Magog, stand guard over the arcade, telling shoppers, commuters, children and tutors the hour on the hour since 1890.