You might have noticed my obsession with galleries, museums, art and other cultural extravaganzas.  I needed a few hours out of my crunchy room at the Ibis Swanston, and a bit of a walk in the 28 degree heat!

Luckily, the National Gallery of Victoria was on a direct path to the food court at Melbourne Central and I fancied a healthy lunch of chicken salad with bright green coconut rice! So far on this trip, this has been the nicest lunch!

IMG_4813

Melbourne has a lot of historic buildings, including the cathedral (below)…

IMG_4815

…and Flinders Street Station, which could be in central London, bar the flawless sky.

IMG_4816

After lunch, my walk took me over the Yarra river, where a few industrious souls were out in their boats.

IMG_4819

The view the other way on the bridge might have been more inviting, if it were not for the extensive roadworks.

IMG_4820

The students of Geelong College were out in force.  A girls’ school, perhaps?

IMG_4821

The theatre is next door to the gallery and – at first – I thought they were one and the same building.  Imagine my surprise at seeing Daniel’s visage staring down at the denizens of Melbourne!

IMG_4823

Alas no, it was Escher that I could see, or the permanent collections at the Gallery.

IMG_4825

The atrium is quite impressive if a little brutalist.

IMG_4829

I seem exceptionally happy. I’ll take that!

IMG_4830

This stunning ceiling of stained glass is an impressive non-religious installation and is the largest stained glass ceiling in the world, by Simon Fieldhouse (click here for more details).

IMG_4831

The chap in the pic below was called Charles and he was a local guide.

IMG_4832

As Charles was going back over galleries that I had already visited, I took myself outside with my bullet journal to write up that day’s entry. There was a beautiful space outside the gallery with some sculptures in the garden.

IMG_4834

The shop was impressive but had little to attract me (sadly, no quality magnets!)

IMG_4836

Back across the river in time to get changed for the theatre that evening, Bianca del Rio. An update on that is coming tomorrow!

IMG_4838

I can see I’m starting to fade in the heat! Maybe a quick  nap?

IMG_4839

Look at all these happy people pottering around on a sunny Friday afternoon! There was a wedding coming out of that cathedral as well!

IMG_4840

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s