A couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend in Melbourne. We do not live there but have been there often enough to sometimes overlook some of the special sights in this city.
The purpose of our visit was to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Additionally, we timed our choice of weekend so that we could catch our football team playing at Ethihad stadium. Sadly, it was not a good match to see as Essendon chose that night to give Port Power a football lesson.
We spent less 36 hours in this city and I tried to capture a few special views.
We walked a short distance along St Kilda Road from the city to the NGV. I stopped and took these photos as we crossed the Yarra River.
Early winter day as we walked through Carlton Gardens.
Lunch at Hell of the North in Fitzroy. It is a delightful French bistro nestled behind this unassuming facade.
Local Fitzroy streetscape.
Like cities all over the world, Melbourne has so much to offer and this post barely scratches the surface. We will definitely be back again.
Tags: art exhibition, Ethihad stadium, Fitzroy, football, Hell of the North, Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, public gardens, restaurant, Van Gogh, Yarra River
Apart from the occasional pickpocket or bag-snatcher, safety is not necessarily a prime concern when visiting other developed countries with similar values to our own here in Australia.
However, in the light of the events in various parts of Europe and the UK in recent years, and particularly in the past few weeks and months, it would be remiss of us not to seriously consider our safety while travelling.
We are not about ditch our plans and realise that there are risks whenever you step outside the front door no matter where you are.
Nevertheless, I did say to GMan yesterday that I do not think I will be walking across any bridges while we are in London. Pedestrians on bridges have been targeted twice in a matter of months in the UK capital. I can only assume that the ‘reasoning’ of the perpetrators is that there is nowhere for the pedestrians to escape. What an awful thought process!
Even though I would love to attend a Remembrance Day service in November that may be off the agenda as I feel that being anywhere there is a large gathering may be too great a risk.
We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming months but at this stage I do not envisage making any other adjustments to our plans.