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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Be a Tourist In Your Own Town

A bee in a blossoming tee tree at Collingwood Station

A friend of mine has come to Australia for a visit and we did lots of touristy things today. Lots of things that even I had never done before. It's a shame that it takes someone else to arrive for you to explore the city you live in. I found that a lot of the things we did were probably more interesting for me because I did live here, for example we went to the Rialto Tower that is 88 stories high and has a viewing deck. It was brilliant working out where I lived, where my old house was, where Fitzroys is and how long Lygon Street goes on for! Then we went to the City Museum which had lots of old photographs and old films of how Melbourne used to look. As I said, probably a lot more interesting for me than for my friend. So if you live in Melbourne take the time and go to these places, they're great!

Views of Melbourne from the viewing deck at the Rialto Tower

A lovely poppy in the Fitzroy Gardens. I love poppies.

I then decided when I got home to go down to the Abbotsford Convent and draw. I'm feeling a bit sad that Jeremy and I will soon be leaving Abbotsford and moving across town in mid November. Abbotsford is such a lovely suburb with the Convent grounds, the River Yarra, the Collingwood Childrens' Farm, I wanted to make the most of it on this lovely day!

Abbotsford Convent, continuous line drawing, left hand


Unknown said...

I have to say I've done a few touristy things in Melbourne, but all of them as teacher, so you have one eye on the ball and one on the kids!

I'll see you on Saturday, Gareth is away all weekend till Tuesday, so I'm going to have to brush up on my codependent no more skills!

Carol said...

If I could draw with my right hand half as well as you do it with your left, I'd be one happy camper!

Sue said...

So true: I too seldom explore my own city (Manchester, England) unless we have visitors. But then again, I don't often vacuum and tidy unless we have visitors, so it could be seen as a positive thing...! :-)