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Old February 26th, 2008, 02:01 PM   #261
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We should go for a drink at either...

Misty on Hosier Lane
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if we are WELL organised - we can have a bite in Movida
yet we have to book the seats for around 4 weeks in advance....

the most gorgeous spanish food i have ever tried...
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Old February 27th, 2008, 10:02 AM   #262
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A Little Laneway Liaison again!

A Little Laneway Liaison again!

Another of Melbourne's many little nooks and crannies is Bank Place. This laneway runs from Collins St through to Little Collins St in-between Queen and William Streets, and - as the name suggests - in the heart of Melbourne's financial district.
Every building along Bank Place is from the 1920's or earlier, making it one of the most historically significant streets in Melbourne. It also houses some of the cities finest restaurants, including the two hat Vue de Monde. For its small size it certainly packs a punch!


I entered off Collins St.

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First point of interest is the Mitre Tavern. This pub was established in 1868 and was remodelled in the Queen Anne style in the early 20th century. It is quite a surprize to find this country looking pub down a narrow laneway and surrounded by tall buildings.

On a personal note, my family owned this pub up until the 1950's. If only they hadn't sold it.

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This is the Savage Club (1885). Previously a home for Melbourne's first baronet, it was latter bought by the club and used as their meeting place. The Savage Club was one of early Melbourne's gentleman clubs, and attracted the more wild and bohemian sections of the gentry, as well as many artists and actors.

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Stalbridge Chambers (1891) on the left and Normanby Chambers at the end of the street.

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And before you know it you're on Little Collins St.

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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:07 AM   #263
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Will taller, Better actually be in town? It'd be cool to have him around.

We could sponsor his flight down, like he's some 3rd world child in need of massive re constructive surgery or something....
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Old February 27th, 2008, 12:53 PM   #264
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Gappie

This is my providence - i love this precinct

Vue De monde is housed in Normanby Chambers - in Lt Collins st side
whilst the Bank place side has the OK Syracuse restaurant (kylie did fashion show for her underwear gear last 2 yrs ago)

The Interlude restaurant (another 2 hats restaurant) will be moved from Brunswick st into the Bank House building - sometimes this year - (very soon i guess) - will make it even more exciting for this precinct

there is a bar underneath the Syracuse - called Marakech - which is not bad
its entrance is just on the left hand side of below picture

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btw - next time we can do lunch in Vue Cafe - it has nice baguette and most gorgeous cakes... yum
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #265
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A few randoms.

Thisy here is the Domain Tower one of Melbourne's most recognizable 60's apartment buildings. I used to hate it but I must admit that it's grown on me.

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Melbourne skyline from Punt Rd South Yarra.

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Mural on the side of the new Eastern Hill Fire Station.

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Vecci building, Salvation Army, and Synagouge on Albert Rd East Melbourne.

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Melbourne from the small reserve north of Parliament House.

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St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral.

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Small Anglican church opposite St Pats.

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And a couple from inside Southern Cross Station.

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My camera will be smoking by the time that I am finished with Melbourne .. Bank Place is definitely my kind of place, GORGEOUS !
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Old February 28th, 2008, 01:29 AM   #267
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Lovely stuff. Thanks for sharing
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 08:39 AM   #268
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That Domain Tower is now kinda so WALLPAPER-ey ....
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Old March 7th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #269
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Arrgghh! I've got so many photos to organize and post but haven't had the time lately. Thanks for all the coments guys.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #270
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Drop everything, and devote your entire life to entertaining us with your photos!!
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Old March 10th, 2008, 06:11 AM   #271
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Maling Rd Canterbury.

Maling Rd Canterbury.

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Maling Rd is a picturesque shopping strip in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Canterbury. The road has managed to retain some of the character of an early-mid 20th century shopping district, with separate green grocers, butchers and other produce shops. Although extensively gentrified it is still a relaxing and pleasant place to spend an autumn afternoon.
Also, for those of you who follow pop music (and the soap opera Neighbours) this is the area where Kylie and Danni Minogue grew up.

I visited a couple of weeks ago with my trusty camera. After getting of the train at the convenient Canterbury station - this is what I saw:

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Murals line the laneway next to the elevated train tracks.

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Looking east.

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Donnini's do very good freshly made pasta. They have stores all throughout Melbourne.

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I'm in two minds about retaining the powerlines as is, or burying them. They are certainly in character with the era of Maling Rd, but still ugly none-the-less.

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Bennet's - from when Canterbury was still a rural (frontier) village.

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Gotta love those pressed tin celings.

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The old post office.

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The amazing old hotel.

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I then went for a little stroll up Canterbury Rd for a gander at the local area.

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Interesting Masonic Hall.

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The beautiful little Cantebury Park.

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And then back to the station for the train home.

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What a lovely little tour that was! It is now on my list of places to visit when I make my Australia Tour!!
Australia and New Zealand have a very high reputation for their Butcher Shops.
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cool!

We had a birthday party in Wildflower restaurant there...

and there was a good chocolate place in this very street - cant remember the name though (top 3 in Melbourne)

this street is soo quaint.... ! (and soo old moneys)
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What a lovely little tour that was! It is now on my list of places to visit when I make my Australia Tour!!
Australia and New Zealand have a very high reputation for their Butcher Shops.
Really, I had no idea.

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cool!

We had a birthday party in Wildflower restaurant there...

and there was a good chocolate place in this very street - cant remember the name though (top 3 in Melbourne)

this street is soo quaint.... ! (and soo old moneys)
I don't remember either the Wildflower or the chocolate place Ali, you'll have to take me one day.
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Really, I had no idea.

Thanks TB.
Absolutely. On the street where I live, we are lucky to have one of the best butcher shops in Toronto, by the name of Cumbraes.. the owner came from Australia (or maybe NZ, but I think Australia) and he was featured in a local newspaper discussing the stringent adherence to quality in butcher shops Down Under. By bringing it here he has struck gold. His shop is the type I love.. old fashioned, organic meats only, and they wrap the meat in brown paper the way it should be. That is a time-warp that I am more than willing to pay, rather than get a pallid little grey chicken breast from a chain store meat cooler.
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I don't remember either the Wildflower or the chocolate place Ali, you'll have to take me one day.
i take it as a little clandestine date...
i will do that my gappie
maybe on Sunday morning... then go to Camberwell market
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Interesting. Down here the country with the reputation of having the best butchers is the UK.
You can certainly notice the difference between the meat at the supermarket deli and that from your local butcher. I'm lucky as Camberwell market has three quality family run butchers, two great fishmongers, two superb contental delis, and a couple of amazing greengrocers. Take that huge supermarket chain!

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I'm posting this to bump my large photo post over to the next page; so please ignore.



That includes you Ali.
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