Saturday, November 1, 2008

Our City Tour

Tony and I spent the day today in our beautiful city - Melbourne! Our friends (the city buffs) took us a backstage tour of some of their favourite haunts and sights in and around Melbourne.

We started the day at Nth Bawlyn Cemetery, looking at the mausoleum of the acclaimed Elisabeth Springfield, who died over 100 years ago. In his grief, her husband created the most magnificent shrine to his wife...it is definitely something to see.




A Celtic Cross at the Cemetery...

We then travelled by tram into the city, stopping at Flinders Street. By the time the tram got to the city it was packed full off race goers, all heading off to Derby Day. We walked from there up to Degraves Street where we stopped and had a well earned cup of coffee and a muffin, at an outside eatery. I was entralled by the people and the sights that past before my eyes, I could have stayed and watched all day, just wondering where and what these different people, were doing and where they were going.



This is a photo across from where we were sitting....





We visited the State Library, looking at the exhibitions that were on show at the time, mostly about our history of books and literature and our history of Australia. It was fascinating just to look and to read about our history and just spend time - quality time reflecting on our pioneers and how they forged the country that we live in - it was quite humbling.

The writing on the wall... the beginning of the literature exhibition...

Artwork on another wall...

We travelled down some side alleys and lanes and came across some beautiful and very artisitc graffiti....



We had a great day and were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day... it's kind of great just exploring your own city...we have so many unearthed treasures...










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