I know things have been super quiet around here for some months and I promise I will fill you in soon… but to welcome myself back to blogland I thought I’d share some happy photos from our fun excursion yesterday!
Loads of photos ahead!
We set off in the morning on a lovely late winter day in Melbourne and headed to Docklands! As we drove closer to our destination I could see an edge of colour on an amazing looking building in the distance! To my great joy we soon arrived at it… the NAB building (well, one of them!) This building just makes me deliriously happy… I mean look how it’s even reflected in the building opposite! Surely people must feel bright and cheery working in this building all day!?
But we were looking for the exhibition we had come to see and couldn’t see any sign of it. Suddenly, just as we were surely looking a little lost a cheery voice greeted us from the top of the escalator! Lo and behold, and angel from above, sent to guide our way! She offered to walk us up to the building we needed to get to. What a delightful start to our wander!
Well, the walk up a couple of blocks was interesting enough… apparently the NAB enjoys colour and culture! Here are some of the interesting sights along the way… yes, those plants really do go up the wall for several storeys!
Soon we reached no 700… apparently they bought the numbers so they could have all their buildings 100 something! Inside the building was really impressive too! Someone had lots of fun with this architecture! The photos of all the storeys inside the building do not even begin to capture how impressive it is! It’s like something from Dubai! I loved the corporate coffee lounge with all the greenery, and the very yellow meeting pod, not to mention the funky glowing post! The whole building had the most amazing amount of open space, really lovely and calming.
Well, we did find the exhibition we had come to see… close up shots of cells and other things in the body. Here are a couple of my favourites.
After oohing and aahing over these photos and others we still had a little time before our parking meter ran out so we went in search of a cow in a tree! Along the way we saw some other interesting and fun sights!
Docklands really is worth visiting… there is so much fun… but we had to carry on to our next destination… the Exxopolis! This amazing structure is basically a big blown up sculpture which is to be seen to be believed, based around Islamic and other art! The photos don’t remotely capture the atmosphere inside! But, they’ll give you a little taste!
Oh, on the way to the Jam Factory we saw some interesting architecture…
… and we popped in to see my old school… Christ Church Grammar School! Pretty much as I remembered it! I grew up a block away so enjoyed walking up the hill to school every morning! And my grade 3 classroom is still there! Fond memories! We used to have recess and lunchtime in the park next door… Fawkner Park and as I grew up at the church just down the road I remember many walks through that beautiful park in South Yarra.
The Exxopolis is on the rooftop of the Jam Factory in Prahran, near where I grew up! It was quite a trip down memory lane though it looks a lot different these days!
We had lunch at the Jam Factory in a funky Mexican Restaurant! Really yummy!
Then, since we were exploring our old haunts and walking down memory lane we went for a wander up Chapel St… just as quirky as ever… but a little (lot!) more expensive! Yes, that is a full-sized horse lamp!
Finally we popped in to the Prahran Market, something we used to do every Saturday morning… it’s a lot more up market these days… but it still sells fruit and vegetables!
Finally we headed home… and just had to stop on the way (thought my companions seemed less enthusiastic!) to take a photo of a hare and a snail in Toorak Village… I even spied some genuine upper class… those I used to mix comfortably with (from a safe distance!) before I moved to the outer edges of Melbourne civilization! 😉
As you can see we had a brilliant day! I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos which give you a little taste!