Last weekend my DD and I went to Melbourne for a weekend of culture, sightseeing and shopping. Neither of us had explored Melbourne before and it did not disappoint. Sydney and Melbourne have an age old rivalry for the best capital city in Australia. Sydney is stunning and showy and sunny and brash. Melbourne has a quieter more genteel beauty but is beautiful nonetheless. The climate is cooler, the ambience more cultured, the people - dare I say it - better dressed. The National Gallery of Victoria is stunning with a complex on each side of the river. There are other art galleries galore. I was in art exhibition heaven. The main reason I went to Melbourne was to see the Van Gogh 'seasons' exhibition and it was fabulous. But we also had some great meals, rode the free city tram, explored alleys and decided we liked Melbourne, especially for shopping! My daughter eclipsed me in that department. Good times. I did not manage to photograph the city at night, due to rain and tiredness, but I did get the big camera out for some early morning shots on the last day walking along the trendy Docklands down to the Webb Bridge. I enjoyed it immensely. Here are some reflections.
Have a good weekend!