Melbourne, from the other side of the river

The two times that I have been to Melbourne were spent close to the CBD in Bourke Street and I never ventured across the river to the home of Crown Casino and the Southbank precinct. This week I have been in Melbourne for a conference and have had the opportunity to spend time wandering around the Southbank precinct, admiring the sculptures, drooling over extravagant menus and almost getting run over by numerous cyclists who speed along the esplanade.

Wifi in the hotel is ridiculously expensive, almost $10 for one hour or $20 per day and their weekly rate is $99! Thank goodness for the fantastic wireless access at the conference. I’ve been able to keep up with my email and participate freely in the twitter frenzy that always seem to occur during a conference, not to mention facebook and writing the post.

Outside the convention centre is a timber sailing ship, it is quite amazing to look out and see this sort of history and it provides a dramatic contrast to the steel and glass architecture. Near my hotel is a huge glass high-rise building with golden bees perched on its walls, as I walk to and from the conference venue I pass funky, colourful sculptures and paintings similar in style to some of those I posted towards the end of last year. All of this provides a wonderful break from the talk of digital repositories, data management and research support that is the focus of the conference.ย 

The photos I’m sharing today are taking using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone, it is one of my favourite photography apps even though it has been crashing a bit lately when using a particular ‘lens’. The other photos I’ll share another time.


13 thoughts on “Melbourne, from the other side of the river

  1. Debra Kolkka February 6, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Melbourne Southbank is great. I think it is appalling that expensive hotels charge for Internet. Even cheap places in Europe offer it for free.

    • twoblackdoggies February 6, 2014 / 4:54 pm

      I am enjoying my time here and cannot believe that it is actually cooler in Queensland so I have to be careful not to get sunburned walking around. The rates here are ridiculous especially when these places promote themselves as ‘business’ hotels and possible conference venues. You are so right, we were in Rome for 5 nights and it only cost 5 euros for internet but in most places wifi was free.

  2. restlessjo February 7, 2014 / 7:21 am

    That’s a superb effect on your iPhone, Sam! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yet again you’ve convinced me that I would really like Melbourne.

    • twoblackdoggies February 7, 2014 / 7:34 am

      It is a great city to visit and apparently there are plenty of wonderful things to see within a short train ride from the CBD but I don’t have time on this visit.

  3. Misaki February 10, 2014 / 6:54 am

    the dessert at the end look yummy!

  4. Fabulous Fur Friends February 23, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Glad you enjoyed Melbourne – even though, like you, we’ve travelled a bit in Europe, which we love, our home town is pretty special too. And the inner suburbs are great to experience – maybe next time you can explore a little further!

    • twoblackdoggies February 25, 2014 / 3:14 pm

      If I had to pick between Sydney and Melbourne I couldn’t, I love both for the variety they offer visitors and residents but Melbourne is a really good city for walking. I love that I could easily cross from one side of the river to the other and art is everywhere. When I get a chance to have a few days of leisure time in Melbourne I definitely plan on exploring further afield ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. dutchgoesitalian March 22, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Seems beautiful. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit Australia! I love the little locks on the bridge…just like in Rome!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • twoblackdoggies March 23, 2014 / 9:21 am

      I think you would enjoy Melbourne, huge foodie culture and lots of art, plus there are spectacular natural sights not far from the city.

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