Our final Melbourne Open House Day (to see the other posts just click on the tags below) visit was to Parliament House a must see on Dino and my list. I have sat on the forty one stairs dozens of time, I have watched rallies and posed in the odd wedding photo here but I had never been inside.Upon arriving we joined the end of a long queue that took us about forty minutes to reach the front of. Everyone was surprisingly in a good mood and chatted around us with the odd volunteer (odd as in random ... Read More
Our second last stop as part of our Melbourne Open House day expedition was St Michaels Church on Collins St. There were a number of churches open as part of the MOH2011 event but Dino and I made an agreement with Bean that we would visits just one (after traveling around Europe with Bean we had learnt the art of church negotiation). In part our route through the city made it an easier and smaller pool to choose from and we settled on St Michaels Uniting Church lured in by the description in my guidebook ... 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
A surprise stop on Melbourne Open House Day was Ikea Denmark House. We were strolling back into the city after visiting the Hellenic Museum and heading to the Myer Mural Hall when we noticed one of the many "look at me" "I'm open" and "In here" signs waving out the front.
Tucked up on the third floor of a very traditional office block it felt like stepping into the middle of Copenhagen. The space is open, airy and bright and was a real surprise to us.
We visited the meeting room and then explored ... Read More