It is the first year that Melbourne had the White Night festival, which is an all night arts festival. There were some amazing things to see and my favourite was probably the light projections along Flinders Street. I’ve never seen the train station looking so pretty. With the weather being balmy and the event being free, the city was totally packed. I’ve never seen so many people before in the city, even on new year’s eve. It was just insane! I think because there were so many people it was really hard to get around and see the things we wanted to see. I would only go again next year if it’s a little better organised and probably head out in the early hours like 3 or 4am when things were a little less crazy. That being said, a pretty good effort for the first time in Melbourne.
Another filler today, taken at Federation Square a few weeks ago.
I haven’t been to Crown in ages, but went out for a friend’s birthday dinner. Like I’ve mentioned before I’m not a big fan of the commercialisation of Christmas, but I really love the way the city is decked out in Christmas decorations. I love shiny thing. These giant baubles are at the entrance of the Crown complex.
Also I know it’s day 365, but it’s not finished yet! One day to go because of the leap year!
I went into the city today to do some last minute Christmas shopping and it was busy! There were plenty of Christmassy things around, but I still love taking some detours to look at the graffiti filled laneways. They don’t smell very good, but have some amazing colourful art.
I’ve wanted to do Open House Melbourne for a while, but every year I kept forgetting. This year I remembered and dragged along the husband and a couple of friends. Open House Melbourne “is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.”
It was a great opportunity to explore Melbourne and take photos of course. It was a shame that it was so cold and rainy, but it was still a fun day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because there are so many places that I didn’t know about that I’d love to see. There are amazing photos on Flickr for the photo competition.
I am now much more inspired to head into the city and appreciate all that Melbourne has to offer. I think that often we take the granted the city we live in.
Here’s my selection for the day. Beware there are a heap of photos.
A few friends and I braved the cold and wet and went into the city today for the 2012 Melbourne Open House. I had a great time exploring the city and going on tours of places not normally open to the public. There were so many beautiful places that I’ve never seen even though I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life.
My favourite shot of the day was at our first stop at St Paul’s Cathedral. Such amazing architecture.
I also loved that there were so many photographers out for the day. It made me feel much less self conscious. I think we’ll have to make it an annual outing.
We took a trip into the city today to see the Game Master’s exhibition at ACMI and then had a lovely wander around before seeing Flight of the Conchords at the Plenary. It was a good day out, were lucky with the weather, and Flight of the Conchords were absolutely fantastic. So funny.
Here’s my favourite shot of the day at the Melbourne GPO. The husband got very annoyed when we had to stop every few seconds for me to whip out my camera to take some photos, but he knew I was like this before we got married.
I dragged the husband to Brighton beach today, not to swim (Melbourne’s way too cold and dirty for that), but to take some pictures of the colourful beach bathing boxes. Turns out I took more pics of the beach and clouds and seagulls than of the beach houses, but oh well. Here’s the pic of the day that features the bathing boxes.