Here we are, crossing from Myer department store to the retail complex Emporium. Finally within Melbourne city is an ABC Shop, after the last one closed in the old GPO building. The Emporium ABC Shop is a bit smaller, but adequate. This is the view towards Chinatown up Little Bourke Street. As an aside, I was filling in a crossword the other day, and a clue was 'an old name for China' and it really had me scratching my head. I was sure I should know the answer. Sino certainly did not fit. What about Cathay? It fitted. So that is where the airline name Cathay Pacific comes from. I did not know Cathay was an old name for China. Did you?
A bit of glitz at the Emporium entrance.
But what if it rains?
I assume this kale is ornamental and not edible. I saw someone nip off some parsley though.
Melbourne is an odd place, where motorbikes are allowed to be parked on the footpath, and they do, often badly and obstruct pedestrians.
The Melbourne Town Hall porch, from where The Beatles waved to the mega crowds back into about 1964.
Opposite, a quite nice old building, clearly built after the invention of lifts. Did you know Melbourne's lifts used to be water powered by a high pressure system supplied by the city council? I believe there is still one left, but I am sure the high pressure supply has long been shut down.
Mirka Mora's mural, restored a few years ago, but it is not looking great now and one end has been truncated by the wall of a gambling establishment.
This does not give you a good idea of Melbourne's Federation Square, or Fed Square, as we call it. I'll try better next time.
I was quite pleased when we bought our new battery operated salt and pepper grinders and I am sure I posted about them at the time. However, I now consider them to be quite ugly and I can't say they worked terribly well, and each needed four AAA batteries. I like our new very manually operated set. Found the post when the old ones were new.
Gifts for Little Jo, a dinosaur card, a dinosaur dvd and not pictured, a moving dinosaur bought elsewhere. All fitted nicely into a Peppa Pig gift bag. It is Sister's birthday soon and for a few dollars as a novelty gift, we bought her these track suit pants with her football team emblazoned on them. Instead of showing people about 3000 digital photos of our Euro holiday, we selected 300 to have printed and bought an album. It can be viewed and things pointed out in less than ten minutes. NB 10 cents per print at Officeworks against 15 cents at Harvey Norman saved us some money and was worth the bother of price checking first.