More general tourism, just walking around and seeing the sights and the buildings of Melbourne.
|Walking along the banks of the Yarra.|
The Royal Botanic Gardens are beautiful, with a few cool and shady spots in the heat of the day. In the evening the bats come out to play.
|Inside the Tropical Glasshouse|
|Tacca integrifolia, also known as the 'bat plant'|
|This tapestry at the entrance to the gift shop is created to depict Arthur Boyd's Shoalhaven Trees|
|The Shrine of Remembrance|
|Widow and Children by Louis Laumen|
We walked many times past the Hisense Arena and Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Tennis Open. The blue of the outdoor courts matched the cloudless skies above.
I developed a bit of a 'thing' for roof-top bars while in Melbourne. This one is Madame Brussels.
|The interior of Madam Brussels|
|The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens|
|Christmas decorations along Bourke Street Mall|
The Myer Christmas window is apparently a big deal in Melbourne. The animated windows have been delighting children and bemusing adults for the past 59 years, with a different theme each Christmas, chosen from a storybook, nursery rhyme, film or theatre production. This year it was the turn of The Gingerbread Friends. I thought they were great, but Him Outdoors was less than entertained.
Meanwhile, back to the laneways and random statues...
And a Merry Christmas from Flinders Street Station and the City of Melbourne.