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Old Jul 19, 2010, 10:30 PM   #1
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Melbourne was our first stop in Australia. It is a beautiful city, and is the fastest growing city in Australia. What I liked most was the blending of old and new architecture. The city has 50+ miles of tram tracks so transportation is always nearby. They have a sightseeing tram that runs every hour thought the day. Parks and gardens are abundant as well.


For me the area along the Yarra River that runs through the city was beautiful, vibrant and relaxing at the same time. I wanted to take night photos there but our body’s needed sleep as they were all messed up by the 14 hours of Jet lag. We also had to rise early to stay on our tour schedules.


I will show a couple of photos here and then link you to my Zenfolio sight where you can look at the rest of the Melbourne pictures if you so desire.

Yarra River

Old Post Office (now a trendy shopping mall). Many amateur photographers were set up with tripods shooting this building.




Old Post Office Portico



Interior of Old Post Office



Eureka Towers is a 90 Story residential building. It has an observation floor. It also has a room that is glass on 3 sides. This room slides out and the floor (also Glass and filled with smoke). After a short time when you are accustomed to the height they withdraw the smoke and you are looking down through a clear glass floor.


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Wonderful pictures. Where's the one from the observation floor? Or did you not quite make that trip? Not sure I could do that, but a very cool idea, using the smoke to acclimate people to not having something solid right under their feet.
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Very Crisp photo, they look great. Looks like you had a very nice trip with some nice weather.
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The other thing you may have noticed is the crystal clear air. You can see for maybe 50 miles.
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Where's the one from the observation floor?
Thanks Harriet, don't hold your breath for any pictures from that room.

My wife and I did walk over to the building with the intent to go to the observation deck but time ran out and had to get back to the hotel as we were scheduled to have dinner on a Victorian tram car that took you all around Melbourne while you ate.

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Old Jul 20, 2010, 10:19 AM   #6
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Shoturtle - The weather on the trip was wonderful. We had a little rain the second day and again on the last day. The skies in Melbourne were indeed crisp.

Dnas - The Air quality was great in Oz. Only in Port Douglas and Carins was the air heavy and humid. In NZ they should bottle it and sell it was so good!

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Some beautiful city-scapes, Lou. Keep 'em coming.

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Wonderful series Lou. I really like #3.
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Paul & GW- Thanks!
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Great shots, one of the places I would really want to visit
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