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Flinders Street Station

After five days in Sydney we flew to Melbourne, on Qantas this time, and Qantas perfectly lived up to their reputation as kangaroo airline. The landing was very much in kangaroo style, it felt like we were bouncing along the runway… This remained a running gag between us for the rest of the trip.

At Melbourne airport we were picked up by F’s cousin Yvonne and her boyfriend. We were staying with them at their apartment. Together with their two cats they were living in a loft in the suburb of Brunswick, which they had turned into an apartment with several rooms. They said, “You buy the box and do with it as you like.

Federation Square
” Since this suburb’s namesake, Braunschweig in Germany, is my hometown, I was especially happy about the location!

Melbourne received quite a large number of immigrants from Germany in its history, as a city map shows. There is not only Brunswick but also Altona (the original being a part of Hamburg), Heidelberg (needless to explain), and Coburg (Coburg in Franconia).

One evening Yvonne and Mark took us out for dinner at a Japanese restaurant. I was a bit of a failure that night, though – it was my first encounter with Japanese food except the universal sushi, so I ordered a bento box to be able to try various dishes. I did not like one single of them, though. I felt so sorry for our hosts but it tasted simply awful to me, although everyone else liked theirs. My North German tongue is not compatible with Japanese cuisine.

Southbank skyscrapers, still under construction
I’ll better never go to Japan…

Each day we took the tram into the centre for sightseeing, while our hosts had to go to work. We explored the city centre and its architecture, which is a mix of old and modern, brick and glass, Victorian historism and modern functionalism – plenty of options for photography: details, contrast of styles, reflections…

Rialto Tower was the highest skyscraper, and the only one with a viewpoint at the top. It overlooks the whole city, the harbour and the bay. The weather even allowed some fine zoom shots.

You’ll say: But Eureka Tower on Southbank? Southbank was still a construction side in 2005. The huge towers have been finished in the meantime, and I hear that there is a viewing platform on the highest of them which will certainly offer an even more impressive view of the city.

Elizabeth Street

The guy who operated this crane had the workplace with the best view in town.

We appreciated the historical City Circle tram. Its route is rather a rectangle than a circle, but it’s constantly doing its rounds and it is free to use. Saves quite a bit of walking, and this rattling old vehicle with its elaborate furnishing in brass and polished wood is fun to ride.

It’s also interesting to see what purposes the rooftops of the lower buildings are used for – roof gardens, restaurants, kindergarten, tennis court... I think the rooftops in cities provide valuable space that should be used

We also visited the State Library where they keep the original armour of Ned Kelly - the Australian Robin Hood or a common criminal? The architecture was the best of that visit, though.

Ond and new
I would love to do research in that reading hall under the vast dome. An impressive building, one of the most beautiful library halls I ever saw.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Immigration Museum, this was the sight that impressed me most. It shows and explains everything about immigration to Australia from the early convicts to nowadays’ rules and procedures. One particular exhibit is a life-size, walk-in model of the deck on a 19thcentury immigrants ship, complete with the sounds that a crowd of people in a narrow deck would cause (including those from the toilet, LOL). Videos display interviews with potential immigrants, and visitors are asked to make up their mind whether this person would be accepted or not. A very interesting and instructive museum that I wholeheartedly recommend seeing.

Queen Victoria Market was a great destination for some souvenir shopping. I got myself a keyring which I am still using on my keys to this very day. It is made from wood, in four layers of different colours. With some imagination, it has the shape of the continent of Australia. It has actually served me as an overview map a couple of times when I explained the itinerary of our trip.

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Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station
Federation Square
Federation Square
Southbank skyscrapers, still under…
Southbank skyscrapers, still unde…
Elizabeth Street
Elizabeth Street
Ond and new
Ond and new
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
The workplace with the best view i…
The workplace with the best view …
Flinders Street Station from above
Flinders Street Station from above
St Pauls cathedral
St Paul's cathedral
Football stadium
Football stadium
Federation Square seen from Roalto…
Federation Square seen from Roalt…
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
Traffic...
Traffic...
View from Rialto Tower to the harb…
View from Rialto Tower to the har…
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
Rialto Towers
Rialto Towers
Rialto Tower
Rialto Tower
Rialto Tower
Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
Tennis court on a rooftop
Tennis court on a rooftop
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
View from Rialto Tower
Historical tram on the City Circle…
Historical tram on the City Circl…
Historical tram on the City Circle…
Historical tram on the City Circl…
Royal Arcade, side entrance
Royal Arcade, side entrance
Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station
St Pauls Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral
Detail of Victorian architecture
Detail of Victorian architecture
A skyscrapers lobby
A skyscraper's lobby
Reflections
Reflections
My Australia keyring
My Australia keyring
Melbourne
photo by: jendara