The Switchboard Café tucked into two small nook in the wall spaces at the foot of the Manchester Union building is absolutely enchanting in its very own quirky way. I have long had an obsession with the stunning building for its old world charm and history and the café serves it all up right on a plate…or in a cup.
Looking for somewhere to head for a quick and easy lunch I wondered past the switchboard cafe and was tempted by the people eating avocado on toast outside in the walkthrough ... Read More
Our 6th stop as part of our Melbourne Open House Day expedition was the Plaza Ballroom. This is one of those places that must surprise everyone the first time they walk through the doors. Tucked under Miss Louise (a Melbourne Shoe institution) and the Regent Theatre you enter through grand doors and head down a sweeping stairway to a reception area. This place specializes in events, conference dinners and weddings so it did make me laugh when I was told to leave my water bottle upstairs in case I ... Read More
I finally made it the Myer Mural Hall! There was an incident earlier in the year where I tried to follow some tourists in - unfortunately they had a run in with security so I hightailed it out of there and have had to remain content with craning my neck to peer through the gap in the window. Yes - I look suspicious.
The hall (think deco ballroom not drafty community hall) was open as part of the Melbourne Open House Day, 2011 and was consistently packed with interested viewers.
Bean, Dino and ... Read More
It's nearly Melbourne Open House Day. Naturally celebrations will ensue. As I mentioned in my previous post I can't recommend participating in this enough if you are in Melbourne.
Not only are you given entree (well allowed to shuffle through in an orderly line) but it's a lot of fun just getting out and about in the city. I am, as always, eternally list driven and have worked out with the gang where we are headed on the day. My list may well have included a time plan - but let's not dwell on ... Read More
There is something so luxurious about snuggling into bed on a winters eve with a good book. A few weeks ago (when we lived in a world with Borders and Angus & Robertson) I was lucky enough to snag a discounted copy of the giant Encyclopedia of Melbourne. This book is massive both in size and content and I just keep marveling at the wondrous and bizarre history of our pretty city.
So I am wondering if the title to this one drew you in and you are now sitting/standing/lying there thinking when ... Read More