On a Winter’s Day a Traveller in Melbourne

Sometimes when I visit Melbourne in winter, I see her as if for the first time. Perhaps it’s the light. Or maybe it’s the new energy that charges the centre with brio. Gone are the days of visiting Melbourne with an agenda, striding her university precinct to study Mandarin, travelling with trepidation to the top of Collins street to visit overpaid dentists, or trawling her centre to shop in her famous emporia.

A fleeting glimpse along Princes Bridge, Melbourne. Capturing a 1940s feel midst all that colour and modernity.

These days, I attempt to visit the city without a particular plan. When trundling along by tram, I am often awed by the highly ornate Victorian facades along the southern end of Elizabeth Street, which only become visible from the height of a tram. Winter evokes Melbourne’s past, highlighting the beauty of granite, sandstone, marble and blue stone. While surrounded by modern colour and plenty of action, my lens fleetingly lands on her historic elements.

Under Princes Bridge, Melbourne.

From Federation Square, where a group of visiting Chinese have set up a colourful display of large pandas to promote tourism to Chengdu, I wander to a quiet spot and find a lone seagull bathing in mystic sunlight, with gothic St Paul’s in the background.

Seagull in mystic light.

The familiar Flinder’s Street station, an ochre- coloured Victorian fantasy, takes on a new look as its northern facade is under restoration. Christo comes to town.

The fanciful Flinders street station turns part Christo.
Curves, bridges and station. On a winter’s day a traveller.

Included in this week’s WP Daily Post theme, showcasing photos of transition and change.

Melbourne for kids. A cheap day out on foot.

A day out in Melbourne for kids can be cheap, exciting and exhausting. Not only will they learn a lot, they will sleep well and have stories to tell. Ā The itinerary we followed involved a lot of legwork as the best way to explore Melbourne is on foot. Now travel has become even cheaper as all trams in the centre of Melbourne are free and the cost of train fares into Melbourne have been reduced. Why would you take a car into the centre?

The images below focus on legs, in response to Ed’s Sunday Stills photographic theme this week.

a young boy stands at his easel, sketching xx enca
Oliver concentrates on capturing the long legs and body of Phar Lap, the famous race horse, his taxidermied body enshrined.
the skeletal remains of a xx fly above
The skeletalĀ legs and wings of a Pterodactyl fly above.
Images of Dinasaur families strolling by  are projected onto the wall. More art for the boys.
Images of dinosaur families stroll by as the boys tackle more art.
Graffiti lanes of Melbouren. An artist prepares to redo a door.
Graffiti lanes of Melbourne. An artist prepares to re- spray a door in Hosier Lane.
The boys are mesmerized by the graffiti art on the walls of Hosier Lane and  Rutledge Lane.
The boys are mesmerized by the graffiti art on the walls of Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane.
Many tourists enjoy walking around Melbourne and these lanes are now on the itinerary.
Many tourists enjoy walking around Melbourne and these lanes are now on the itinerary.
A quick walk through Federation square for some people watching and then a walk vy the Yarra river.
A quick walk through Federation Square for some Ā ‘people- watching’ and then a walk along the Yarra river.
The iconic Flinders Street station, a short stroll to the train for a ride home.
The iconic Flinders Street station, a short stroll to the train for a ride home.

Some useful links on Melbourne for tourists.

http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/visiting/

http://ptv.vic.gov.au/1-january-2015-fare-changes/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-08/melbourne-hosier-rutledg-famous-graffiti-lanes/5079432

http://museumvictoria.com.au/reb/history/carlton-gardens/

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1131

http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/visiting/getting-here/