Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Australasian Quilt Convention - out and about in Melbourne




After a long flight to LA (5 hours, 15 minutes), and an even longer one to Australia (15 hours, 15 minutes), I arrived in Melbourne yesterday. I was thoroughly impressed with Quantas Airlines. I took a shuttle us and a taxi to my apartment near the Royal Exhibition Building, but found I couldn't check in until 3 pm, so I checked my bags and went out to wander.

(Please note: if photos are fuzzy, please click on them for a clearer view.)

This is where the convention will be held. It is a World Heritage site, and surrounded by the beautiful Carleton Gardens. The Melbourne Museum is next door.






This fountain has platypi peering over near the top, and is supported by merpeople!


Check out this fountain, topped by kangaroos:


The museum has a huge area filled with towering trees -- I can't wait to see inside. Australia has some amazingly wonderful, huge trees!















And many tropical plants and flowers.





The graffiti in this town is awesome.





















The old buildings, with elaborate ironwork, remind me of New Orleans.






















There is also lots of modern architecture that is very intriguing.





And wonderful, eclectic shops.






























7 comments:

  1. Enjoyed seeing your photos and sharing your experience of the city, with you. So many wonderful buildings and unique architecture along with a bit of whimsey.

    Debbie

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  2. I hope to see you there on Friday, and I hope you get some time to do lots more sight-seeing while your down here visiting us. Welcome to Australia.

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  3. Ditto, welcome! Hope you have a great time at AQC and beyond - you have a good eye for detail!

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  4. Thanks for sharing. What a long, long trip! Pictures are beautiful. Perhaps a new quilt design is lurking somewhere.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.

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  6. Love the pictures. I've always wanted to go to the "land down under"

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