Thursday in Melbourne

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Uta at the entrance of the State Library, Melbourne Thursday, 18th April, 2013
Uta at the entrance of the State Library, Melbourne
Thursday, 18th April, 2013

That Thursday was Lauren’s last day in Melbourne. She wanted to go to the Queen Victoria Markets on that day. Martin said he’d go with her. Peter and I announced that instead of going to the markets with them we’d pay the State Library a visit. Later on we could meet to go by tram to St. Kilda and splash out on some cake there!

We all caught the train from Essendon to Melbourne Central. The State Library was a few steps from there and the markets weren’t far away either. Before we went to the library Peter and I first of all looked for a place where we could sit down and have some morning tea. We soon found a lovely place that was just right for us.

During the early afternoon we met up with Martin and Lauren again and caught a tram to St. Kilda as planned. I’ll show pictures of St. Kilda and all the lovely cakes and Lauren’s departure to Newcastle in my next post.

When we met Noeleen the other day in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, there was a Readings Bookstore. We found out that in the State Library in Swanston Street, there is also a Readings Bookstore. I bought another book. It’s called a ‘Text Classics’. (textclassics.com.au) Copyright Robin Boyd Foundation 2010. They say ROBIN BOYD was arguably Australia’s most influential architect.

Somewhere near Swanston Street Peter saw these bikes that are apparently for hire.
Somewhere near Swanston Street Peter saw these bikes that are apparently for hire.
Where we had morning tea there were a great many mirrors.
Where we had morning tea there were a great many mirrors.

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There are some shops near this courtyard where we found this sign:

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The Bunyip
The Bunyip

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All these monuments are to be seen near the library entrance. Opposite you see an add on the facade of a house.

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Morning Tea! This is our tea tray at that nice place with the mirrors. Morning Tea!
This is our tea tray at that nice place with the mirrors.

12 thoughts on “Thursday in Melbourne

  1. No wonder Joan of Arc is brandishing her spear! Maybe she’s saying “Get me out of this armour!!” What’s a Bunyip? He looks delightful He reminds me of the Elwetritsch in the Palatinate – there’s a delightful fountain in Neustadt-an-der-Weinstrasse with lots of Elwetritsch figures ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elwetritsch

    1. Bunyip: Mythical monster said to live in watery places.
      This is what it says on WordWeb.
      Thanks for the information about the fountain, Cath. I found a picture of it in Wikipedia. Underneath the picture it says:
      Elwetritschefountain by Gernot Rumpf

  2. Great write up, Aunty Uta! This one’s really interesting, & I love love the photos. You cause me to look at Melbourne through new eyes – thank you!

    1. Yes, Ian, the state library is fantastic. But we didn’t really have a lot of time there. As far as the billboard is concerned this is the sort of thing you get in a big city!
      Cheers, Uta.

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