On the first day we headed out to get breakfast. Google Earth was consulted and there seemed to be a number of places to eat nearby. But we decided to wander and see where the whim took up. We passed through the main area
which had been yarn bombed. When traveling in the tram I noticed another area that had been 'lace bombed'.
I have been to Melbourne numerous times in the past. Back in the ’70’s I would fly down or sometimes come by rail, on buying trips for the company I worked for. In those days Melbourne was where all the fashion manufacturers’ were based. It was always hectic running from one show room to the next. All those places seem to have been relocated. Then, when I was teaching I would come to Conferences where I would present papers I had written, that was stressful but it was also interesting to talk to other people in my field. So, I thought that I knew my way around the city, but, it must be about 8 or 9 years since I was last here and things have changed. The most noticeable being the increase of people on the street. There are lots more people. Some are tourists but most are residents.
I remembered the old alley ways that used to wriggle between the buildings and went in search of these. Before you could stroll through them at a leisurely pace. There were a few coffee shops and lots of graffetti.
Now they are a hum of activity. You have to line up to get into the good places. There has been an influx of Asian and Middle Eastern businesses and these just add to the colour of the place. This is reflected in the food with bread rolls and rice wrapped fillings on sale at the same establishment.
And what about all these soups.
I love that these old apartment buildings are full of people again.
There were always a lot of arcades but again they were rather sedate.
Now they are alive with people and some of the most interesting shops. I love the Dr. Suess art gallery
and this tea room was very popular.
Just look at the cakes!
By the time we had finished lunch the noise was really getting to me so we headed for Fitzroy Gardens. I have an old photograph of my Mother and Father standing outside “Captain Cook’s (father’s) Cottage”. I think this must have been taken in the 1940’s when my father was still working for the airforce.
There were a number of weddings taking place in the park and we walked to the cottage. On the way I noticed that most of the trees were collared.
Last visit these trees were alive with possums, they were everywhere. Looks like the problem got worse and this is the solution .
I have been to the cottage before and love it’s simple charm.
It is the first time that Laura has been here and I saw the camera working flat out.
By this time it was after 4pm and I had been walking since 8am. My feet and legs were telling me I had to take a rest, I BADLY needed to rest. We walked for a half hour back to the apartment, bought some food at the small shop next door and then I just fell into bed.
I’m not as young as I used to be.