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Wednesday: Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Gardens 
5th-Mar-2008 11:50 pm

Brunswick Street, and much of Melbourne city, has rows of old houses, as pictured below. Many of little rock or rose gardens out front, held back by the prettiest iron-wrought fences.

The steeple of St Patrick's Cathedral attracted me like a moth to a flame. It could be seen from the middle of Brunswick Street and as I walked closer to it, its enormity blew me away.


Fitzroy Gardens is a little prettier than the Carlton Gardens. Walking out from the cathedral, this line of trees inspire the same amount of awe as the towering domes of the church.

But it means my feet suffer from the amount of space.
Sitting on the grass here is not like back in Singapore.
If you sit on the grass in Singapore for any length of time, the moisture from the grass may leak into a patch on your rump.
Here in Oz, the grass remains soft and springy, like a lush carpet.

Excuse the obvious merge lines in this pathetic attempt at panoramic photography, but it gives you an idea what one of the Fitzroy Garden lawns look like.

The Fitzroy Garden Conservatory has a statue of Greek goddess Diana with her 2 hunting hounds by her side out the front, and is housed in a little sand coloured building. What it fails to portray outside is that it is quite literally paradise on earth.

The SO's colleague took us to dinner on Lygon Road. Thalia Thai is so popular, we had to wait ages to get a table along the pavement and another 45 minutes to get food, after ordering. But the pad thai is awesome! Almost as good as the real thing in Bangkok! The green curry was weird though, as it had fuzzy cucumbers, capsicums and cauliflower.

He drove us around Lygon and Brunswick, which is so busy despite the late hour. The cafes were all brightly lit and welcoming, their windows covered in cakes and pastries.
7th-Mar-2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
beautiful pictures! it looked like great weather :)
8th-Mar-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
We got great weather for wandering around, though the midday sun was a little too bright for my sunglass-less state.
8th-Mar-2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Conservatory at Fitzroy Gardens


I liked the Conservatory as well :)
8th-Mar-2008 12:16 am (UTC)
PS: I love the food in Melbourne. It's my number #1 reason to visit
8th-Mar-2008 04:07 am (UTC)
It is so awesome! You can never possibly go there and say you don't know what to eat, cuz there's just so much available.
8th-Mar-2008 12:13 am (UTC)
babe, i hoped u enjoyed melb!

it is so coincidental in this post that what you wrote is much part of my life .. but yet i did not get to be there to hang with you at those places u went to..

brunswick st, fitzroy, was my home for 1 1/2 years and i absolutely love it for its vibe, convenience and cool.

Thai Thalia @ brunswick east is near where im staying and its my fav local dinner spot now..

when i read this, im so excited that u get to experience places i lived and breathe in..
but distraught at the same time too...

gee, this whole episode for me is weird.
u knw wot i mean?
8th-Mar-2008 04:13 am (UTC)
It's impossible to dislike Melbourne at all. I can see why so many people wish to call it home.
8th-Mar-2008 01:11 am (UTC) - missing melb....
isnt melb absolutely wonderful in autumn. I'm gg to be there in 3 months!! catch ya there if possible yar?!?

you are making me miss melb. lousy way to compensate for us missing you
8th-Mar-2008 04:15 am (UTC) - Re: missing melb....
If it's possible, then definitely. If not, come up to Brisbane! You can go soak up the sun at the Gold Coast (or visit the Worlds).

Hehehehehe... can't help it.
8th-Mar-2008 09:14 am (UTC) - Re: missing melb....
yeah i will try to! cos one weekend is alr gone in tas. soaking up the sun in the dead of winter does sound weird. hahaha

let's arrange when the date draws nearer!
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8th-Mar-2008 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm using a Canon DSLR 350D with a 17-40mm f4L lens. You can only get the 350D 2nd-hand now, as the 400D came out to replace it.

Melbourne has gorgeous architecture, well preserved and maintained for the most part. It's wonderful to photograph them, even though the lenses we have is not really suitable for that type of photography.
8th-Mar-2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Seeing your pictures make me miss my last visit in 2003 and loathe being here :X
8th-Mar-2008 08:34 am (UTC)
Has a lot changed since 2003? The city of Melbourne is really gorgeous and has something for everyone.
8th-Mar-2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Hmmmm~~ You're making me rethink about considering Australia! Never really wanted to go there for a holiday but your photos are changing my mindset, especially the last pic, so preeeeeeetty! Frower, frower!!
8th-Mar-2008 11:42 am (UTC)
Australia does have some amazing sights. It depends on what you want to see: Sydney has the amazing Blue Mountains for nature, Melbourne has a great urban culture, Brisbane has the sunny Gold Coast, Perth has a great laidback farming community. Being able to drive is a huge plus though, as some sights require a little driving to get to.
8th-Mar-2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
These photos are all inspiring! *-* I love the details in the churches and the natural scenery is so romantic and fresh~ -tries to catch a whiff of the fresh grasses and trees- I also like the railing details for the old colonial houses! Saw those in Sydney too. <3 It's great that you managed to capture photos of these.

<3 I'm just starting out in matte painting, and I'd love to help you patch the Fitzroy Garden lawn pictures! 8D Say, just a test on my photoshop skills? 8-8 The photo of the tree-lined lane is also magnificent! I'm itching to try making it autumn-ish. D:
9th-Mar-2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I doubt I did Melbourne much justice with my photos, but sharing the experience with everyone is part of the fun.

Awesome! Do you have a gmail account? I can send you the original sized pics.
9th-Mar-2008 03:30 am (UTC)
X3 Hee, I think your photos pack quite a bit of meat, so no worries! <3 After all, these are seen on my tiny computer screen. Nothing beats viewing these scenery by being there personally. :3 -hugs- Glad you got to experience them for us! XD

8D Yesh, I do! It's black.lilac@gmail.com. ♥ Thank you so much, darling! ;o;
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