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Old October 15th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #41
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No kidding! Ive always held this view since I went to Parry Sound, Ontario in the late 90's on a high school exchange. I visited Toronto various times that year and it had a striking resembelence in the inner city areas, Lake Ontario is similar to Port Phillip Bay in regards to the way it halves the city. Despite Melbourne being Australia's second largest city (however, we are the fastest growing), Canada's largest has more in common with Melb than it does with our largest city, Sydney.
I'll third or fourth what you people are saying.... I really feel at home looking at these photos...it is amazing how two former colonial cities developed so similarly
half way round the world!!!
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Old October 15th, 2007, 02:15 PM   #42
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Here's just a couple of random ones from the last week. Firstly are a couple from Melbourne University looking south to the CBD. I like these as they emphasize that Melbourne isn't dead flat!

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I took those during the Melbourne city romp, an event held to help raise money for a hospital department. For this you have to romp around the city solving various clues and besting numerous challenges, for which you are awarded points; usually they also inform you on interesting things about Melbourne. Afterwards you feel pretty buggered though, so a beer at the pub is advisable.

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Here you can see a bunch of motorcyclists heading down to the Motorcycle GrandPrix at Phillip Island, about one hours drive south of Melbourne. I was glad that I was going the other way!

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And here's a few more of Southbank and the Yarra river, Melbourne's upside down waterway.

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Below you can see some rowers on the river. Melbourne's private schools and universities usually have a rowing team. This has probably contributed to Australia's past success at the event in the Olympics.

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Well duh!

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Old October 15th, 2007, 03:30 PM   #43
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noice gap....!


can u take photos of the gardens please next .... Birrarung and RBG ?


btw i was having lunch at the Chocolate Buddha Fed SQ - during the Romp event?
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Old October 15th, 2007, 04:12 PM   #44
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can u take photos of the gardens please next .... Birrarung and RBG ?


btw i was having lunch at the Chocolate Buddha Fed SQ - during the Romp event?
For you Babs, anything.

Really? I've had dinner there once, quite liked it. The city was really bustling on Sunday wasn't it? Not just Fed square but every where I went, docklands, flagstaff gardens, Swanston St, Lygon St, University of Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building/Melbourne Museum, Fitzroy gardens, all were filled with Melburnians enjoying a beautiful sunny spring day.

Alright folks you heard it here first. The next instalment will be of Birrarung Marr Park and the Royal Botanic gardens. Here's one from Birrarung to whet your appetite.

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Maybe I should come visit during the Melbourne city romp... I do love a good romp now and then!
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this has become quite the thread !
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Old October 16th, 2007, 01:32 PM   #47
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For you Babs, anything.

Really? I've had dinner there once, quite liked it. The city was really bustling on Sunday wasn't it? Not just Fed square but every where I went, docklands, flagstaff gardens, Swanston St, Lygon St, University of Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building/Melbourne Museum, Fitzroy gardens, all were filled with Melburnians enjoying a beautiful sunny spring day.

Alright folks you heard it here first. The next instalment will be of Birrung Marr Park and the Royal Botanic gardens. Here's one from Birrung to whet your appetite.

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yeah - beautiful day - also Monday reached 27 degrees

I wasnt sure what was all the fuss about ROMP the city and asked felow diners next to us

Choc Budda is nice - pleasant casual - good sushi and light japanese meals... cheap too

went to the wheel with my other half too

I like Birarrung Park - it was such as Minimalist modern gardens...!
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Old October 16th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #48
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went to the wheel with my other half too
Haven't been up, maybe next time? They do a great job with the lighting at night:

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Old October 23rd, 2007, 04:36 PM   #49
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Birrung Marr

Here's just a few samplings of Melbourne's newest park to keep you tided over until I upload the rest onto my computer. These were taken on an old NIKON FE2 with a 20mm lens.

This one's taken from the William Barrak footbridge - which stretches from Birrarung Marr to near the MCG. This bridge is interesting in that it is part sound sculpture. Along it's length are numerous speakers transmitting various snippets of singing from different cultures around the world. As you walk along they merge and fade creating an interesting soundscape.
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This is the view you get from the park of Melbourne's eastern CBD.
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It was a beautiful day for a stroll by the river.
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Old October 24th, 2007, 03:51 PM   #50
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you are such talented photographer Gappa

love them.... thanks so much
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I agree!
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Old October 25th, 2007, 02:32 AM   #52
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Another amazing set.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 04:22 AM   #53
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great pics, gappa...Melbourne is such a beautiful city...from pics kind of remind me of Montreal.

thanks for sharing the pics
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Old October 28th, 2007, 04:34 AM   #54
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Birarrung Marr.

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Birrarung Marr is inner-city Melbourne's first new park in over one hundred years, opening in 2002. Built on what was once old rail yards in three terraces, it is definitely a park in the modern sense, with numerous open areas and excellent lines of focus. It helps link the CBD with Melbourne's famous sporting precint and also stretches along the northern bank of the Yarra river, which is handy as it's name means 'river of mists' in the local Wurundjeri people's language.

I visited about a week ago with some dirty lenses. So please excuse some spotty photos.

I approached from over the William Barrak bridge (more on this above). In front stretched the park.

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To the north was the Melbourne CBD.

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And behind lay Melbourne's sporting precint, including the mighty MCG.

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Among it's many attractions are the Federation bells. These "39 computer-controlled bells ranging in size from a small handbell to a bell that stands 1.8m high and weighs 3.5 tonnes" (http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/info...a=1273&pg=1281), ring three times a day for about three minutes.

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There is also a beautiful foot bridge that links all three terraces. It seems to have been built with the 101 Collins St office tower in mind as a focus point for it's line of sight.

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At the bottom of the footbridge is the lower terrace and the banks of the Yarra. Here you can find things such as 'speakers corner', an area where public forumers/firebrands could be heard in colonial Melbourne.

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Continuing along the river promenade is the sculpture 'Angel' by artist Deborah Halpern.

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Often you don't feel as if you're in a city at all.

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But then reminders such as crateman, vainly trying to scale a wall, leave you in no doubt that you're in Melbourne.

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Birrarung Marr takes on a more urban feel the further west you travel - until before you know it - you're bang in the middle of Federation Square.

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Even floating litter traps can look romantic at sunset.
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you delivered my request - in the big way...

many many thanks


beautiful shots... just awesome
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beautiful shots... just awesome
Thanks Ali! Should get some of the Royal Botanic Gardens up within the next week.
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Awesome photos Gappa. The new park looks great. I can't believe you were able to make the Yarra look romantic!
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Awesome photos Gappa. The new park looks great. I can't believe you were able to make the Yarra look romantic!
Not me.....the sun!

Actually a gondila ride or river cruise down the Yarra can be quite romantic.
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Awesome photos Gappa. The new park looks great. I can't believe you were able to make the Yarra look romantic!
some parts of Yarra ARE romantic
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