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Melbourne Memories...Part 3

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This entry was posted on 4/12/2007 8:34 PM and is filed under Australia.

There's a section of town called Federation Square in the heart of the CBD (Central Business District) that is architecturally very unique and just a short walk from where we're staying.  It was a logistically challenging center to build because it was built above the railway lines without disrupting the rail travel!  It took 8 years of planning and construction and resulted in a complex of distinctive, modern buildings set in an irregular piazza on a slope with a large curving walkway made of inlaid brick.  It was designed as a public civic center and meeting place.  There are cafes, restaurants, a visitor center, art galleries including the Ian Potter Center of the National Gallery which is the world's first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art and movie theaters.  Here's what the area looks like...

Here's another really spectacular looking building in downtown Melbourne...

Loved this landscape solution for an entryway combining greenery with hardscape.

Melbourne has a lot of narrow side streets filled with cafes and unique shops.  There is a very cool alley way not far from us where these fabulous art deco lights caught our eye. 

 We popped into the National Gallery for just a few minutes and we found this huge table of white legos where you were given 15 minutes to build anything you wanted.  It was really fun and both adults and children were making some fantastic creations.

How could we resist?  We sat down, borrowed a base from something else and here is what we constructed...

We'll go back to this Gallery another time to see their India Bollywood exhibit. 

More cool things in Melbourne Part 4.


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    • 4/13/2007 7:12 PM Mistee Sticklee wrote:
      Hmm, I note a bit of the Balinese influence in your legosity. Nice to see white Legos. The architecture there is Very Frank Gehry. Reminds me of the Weisman Museum here at the U. Nice pictures!
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    • 5/4/2007 8:51 AM Shelley wrote:
      Hey Poddies, been checking in regularly, waiting for more! You must be having too much fun, eh?
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    • 5/19/2007 9:15 AM Nada wrote:
      Miss you guys & I'm thrilled you are having such amazing adventures. Awww, thanks for sharing Melbourne, I LOVE Melbourne. Good on ya for sharing creativity in leggo. Lots of love~ Nada
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    • 5/21/2007 3:22 PM linda and zoe wrote:
      wow gals you are having too much fun and culture, are you working at all? this has been as much of an adventure for us. look forword to many tales of down under.
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    • 5/21/2007 7:26 PM Barbara and Maureen wrote:
      Come on Pods what about a melbourne update????????
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