Thursday, May 9, 2013

Shannon the Photo Gal's City Walk through Melbourne, Australia

The city of Melbourne, Australia is a wonderful mix of Victorian
architecture, glass and steel modernism, bunny rabbits, street art,
and the best coffee I've ever tasted.

Southgate Footbridge, Melbourne, Australia (Flinders Street Station in background), April 2013

Underground at the Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia (April 2013) 
A group of friends meet up under the Flinders Street Station Clock Tower (April 2013)

Some of Melbourne, Australia's amazing street art (April 2013)

Melbourne, Australia was one of the first major cities to embrace street art. The historic laneways of Melbourne provide the perfect canvas for street artists (April 2013)

The Queen Victoria Market is a major shopping destination in Melbourne, selling everything from bananas to bras! With hundreds of vendors spread over hundreds of stalls, the market is an experience of sight, sound and smell (April 2013)

The scene from one of the main entrances into the Queen Victoria Market

Shoppers size up the belly dancer costume at the Queen Victoria Market (April 2013)

National pride on display at the Queen Victoria Market (April 2013)

Caricature artist at the Queen Victoria Market (April 2013)

The American Doughnuts van is one of the highlights of the Queen Victoria Market. The van has been serving up hot doughnuts to hungry Australians since 1950 (April 2013)

Detail from statue of Saint George and the Dragon at the entrance of the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia (April 2013) 
The street fashion scene in Melbourne blends tough-girl studded leather with fur and skinny jeans (April 2013)

Melbourne, Australia boasts a wealth of street artists, including Aboriginal artists creating public art projects.

Some of the most vibrant parts of Melbourne culture exist in its series of laneways and alleys.  Cafes, shops, and bars grew up organically from what were once rear access points to buildings facing larger streets. (April 2013)

The Flinders Street Station was completed in 1910 and is a major transportation hub in Melbourne. The clock tower is a popular meeting place (April 2013)

A view of St. Kilda Street and the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia from the top of the Eureka Tower (April 2013)

The Funky Bunny is a must-see in Melbourne. It's not often that you're serenaded by a six-foot tall bunny wielding a guitar. Bunnies are everywhere in Melbourne as high rainfall totals have resulted in a bunny infestation throughout the city (April 2013)

Artist Richard Stringer's The Queen Bee was developed as a series of studio works. The artist developed a large scale version for the front facade of the Eureka Tower and this version of The Queen Bee was permanently installed in late 2007 (April 2013)

Neon Bunny Art at Chin Chin Restaurant (April 2013)

Chin Chin Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia is one of the hot spots in the city's lively dining scene (April 2013) 
The Melbourne skyline from Southgate (April 2013)

Browsing the selections at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in Melbourne, Australia. The Hopetoun Tea Rooms date back to the 1890s when a small tea room was set up for the Victorian Ladies Work Association in the Block Arcade in Central Melbourne (April 2013)

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