Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Melbourne Daily Photo 8: Jean Paul Gaultier at NGV

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier's punk inspired clothes is part of a fantastic exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Having not been that fascinated by designer clothes I was amazed with their beauty in real life. The combination  of traditional hand sewing, knitting and lacework with a punk aesthetic was stunning.
Anybody remember the Bay City Rollers? Perhaps Jean Paul was inspired by them as anybody who was a fan would know that Woody wore the yellow MacLeod tartan above and they were huge in the 70's when he went to London. They didn't mention that in the catalogue. Perhaps he was embarrassed.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Queueing at the Quay: a visit to Manly Surf Beach Sydney, Australia

The harbour bridge nudges an ocean liner at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia. It's where you board the local ferries too.
Sydney's idyllic on a sunny day and if you happen to be lucky enough even to be there for an afternoon, one of the best and cheapest things to do is get on one of the ferries and traverse the harbour. It's easy and relatively cheap.

You can buy a ticket to the northern beaches suburb of Manly return for $14.90 an adult at Circular Quay (a route going since the 1850's) and get to see the harbour bridge up close, opera house, luna park in the distance and the magical harbour with its sometimes hundreds of sailboats and other sites. Along with about 1,100 other people.

 To get to the Manly surf beach it's about a 30 to 45 minute ride and then a 20 minute walk through the Corso to Manly surf beach from Circular Quay. Choppy or smooth it's stunning. You can get to the Quay by Sydney's fantastic train system (miles better than Melbourne's shambolic unreliable one) or bus.

A seagull flies over a side street market at The Rocks in Sydney.
The Manly Ferry entering Circular Quay, Sydney.
It's a fantastic view of the harbour up front of the ferry. The harbour is packed with every variety of sailing craft you can imagine. 
Fort Denison (1788) a former penal site, with its martello tower in the middle of the harbour. Sometimes called Pinchgut Island.
Sunlight on the waters of Sydney Harbour with a view of the CBD taken from the Manly ferry.

Parasailing on Sydney Harbour.
The tranquil waters of Manly front beach adjacent to where the ferry docks. Those pines in the background are Norfolk Island Pines.

There were many locals dressed up in santa type costumes wandering down Manly Corso. 

And at the Manly surf beach.
Santas hanging out at the local bar opposite the surf beach.
Manly surf beach. About 23 degrees and not too packed.



The Rocks history and heritage

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Melbourne Daily Photo 2: The Fitzroy Gardens

Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
Parrots high up in the eucalypt canopy.
One of the many painted trams in Melbourne.
View towards the conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens.
Beautiful sunny skies and 21 degrees in Melbourne. A perfect day to walk through the 26 hectares of the magnificent Fitzroy Gardens (1848). It's mainly a classic Victorian era garden design with long avenues of elm trees, which you can stroll through for hours and which lead to various points of interest such as Captain Cook's cottage which was shipped out from Yorkshire in 1934.

Situated basically in the inner city of east Melbourne, you can get there easily on foot (about 10 minutes) from Flinders Street train station (the central station) or get the number 11 tram (20 mins- it's quicker to walk most of the time). It's a magic garden and well worth hanging out in for an afternoon in the sun.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Melbourne Daily Photo 1: Bay Road nursery/cafe

I'm in Melbourne for a couple of months visiting family and friends so I thought I'd start posting a daily photo of my travels around Melbourne and Sydney.

Here’s the gardens of the nursery cafe in the southern Melbourne bayside suburb of Sandringham called Bay Road. It's a great place to go to if you want to get out of the inner city and have an original organic brunch or afternoon tea. On the menu was a Nordic dish containing salmon, of course, which I didn’t choose but you were tempted. But no fish other than this which was a bit strange as it’s close to the beach. The food is rich and filling in a flower filled environment outside or painting filled rooms inside. Dog friendly too.
To get to the nursery you can drive along Beach Road and see the occasional surf on Port Philip Bay. A lot of Melbournians don’t think much of Port Philip bay but really it’s beautiful and moody in any weather. 

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