Another photo post featuring Sydney area …
While living in Melbourne for more than 1.5 years during my assignment for 4 consecutive projects, I was given one of the unprecedented opportunities while working abroad. What kind of opportunity was it that I am talking about? An opportunity to see another country which is Australia, to see another state which is Victoria and to see another city which is Melbourne.
Melbourne is one of the major city that always included in the list of most livable city in the world. Before, I know nothing about the said city but after I got a chance to lived in Melbourne for sometime, I realized and understood the truthfulness why the city is one of the most livable place on earth.
If I will be given another chance to go back in Melbourne I will come back and if I will be given a chance to live there, I wholeheartedly accept it.
Living in one place for a while does not mean you already see everything. I live in my country since birth but I haven’t even got a chance to see quarter of it. While living in Melbourne, I tried my best to see more of the city. To appreciate Melbourne or any other places, I always think that walking is the best way to see it specially if times allows it. I prefer to walk even there’s a tour available, not only because it’s cheaper but because walking in the city or walking in places gives me a chance not only to see it but to experience it.
I did some walks in Melbourne together with my camera following the walking tour maps that I got from Visitor Center at Federation Square and other interesting walks available near or within the metropolis.
Here are some of the posts portraying Melbourne with European atmosphere city down under.
The list above may not be the complete list yet but will be updated if necessary. The link for each post may or may not yet available as you found this post. The article maybe still under its way. I wrote this post a bit later after I published the post for my first walk done in Melbourne – “On The Water Front – Melbourne Walking Tour Part 1“.
Minato Mirai 21
We continued our walk from Nippon Maru Memorial Park until we reached the JR Sakuragicho Station. For me it was a great walk as the surroundings is really refreshing for me. Like what I experienced when my sister and I walked towards Ginza during our first night in Japan, the walk was relaxing since it still morning. The climate is not hot and just right for a good walk in the city. While we were quite a bit far from Landmark Tower, it was an amazing view of the surroundings which later I just learned that the central business district of Yokohama is called Minato Mirai 21 which means “Port of the Future in the 21st Century”.
Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History
We crossed the Ookagawa River or Ooka River and followed the road until we found the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History. The museum was the former Yokohama Specie Bank (a Japanese founded bank which has a significant role in Japan-China trade during 1880s as per Wikipedia). The museum’s displays focuses on the history and culture of Kanagawa Prefecture. We went inside to check what we can see, were only able to had a glimpse in the first floor where some photos of the prefecture are displayed.
Queen’s Square Yokohama
Queen’s Square Yokohama (from the outside)
As we ascended from Minatomirai station to the 1st floor of Queen’s Square, all the stores were still close, since it’s still a bit early for the mall to open. We took the escalator, I can sense that the area has a bit of elegance and glamour. The ambiance that surrounds the place was also relaxing as the mall is spacious when we reached the 1st floor. We walked a bit in the Queen’s Square, then we went outside towards Landmark Tower.
On the way to the 1st Floor of Queen’s Square
Outside Queen’s Square to Landmark Plaza
Mok Mok Wak Wak Yokohama Yo Yo
Between Queen’s Square and Landmark Plaza, we found a silver or chrome structural art. It is a magnificent roller-coaster-esque sculpture. As per map that I got, the structure is not only an art display, it has a purpose too. The art helps to break the wind tunnel that forms between the Landmark Tower and Queen’s Square Skyscrapers which still good to know. The public art is called Mok Mok Wak Wak Yokohama Yo Yo.
Queen’s Square (from Mok Mok Wak Wak Yokohama Yo Yo)
Mok Mok Wak Wak Yokohama Yo Yo
After spending time taking photos with the steel structure art called Mok Mok Wak Wak Yokohama Yo Yo, we walked in to the next mall called Landmark Plaza just beside Queen’s Square and based from the brochure that I got, the plaza is one of the most popular shopping complex in the city. Like the Queen’s Square mall, we just passed the mall too as all the shops are still closed. At the ground of the plaza, we spent time walking around the area and we took some souvenir photos because the mall has open space in the middle where it boast the elegant design of its floors up to the ceilings together with its pillars that supports the building. The mall is just beside the Landmark Tower.
Photos outside Landmark Plaza
Some photos inside Landmark Plaza
Entrance to Landmark Tower
During the trip, we thought that we can visit the tower later that day. Because of that, we decided to visit the tower as our last place to stop. But unfortunately, the day we spent it Yokohama was not really enough to see all the places recommended to visit. The opportunities we have in this tower was only to see it from the outside.
Landmark Tower from the outside
Twilight (Post#3) : White Night Melbourne – Flinders Street Station
Photo above was captured during light shows at Flinders Street Station building in the midst of White Night celebration in Melbourne held last February 2014.
Panoramic View (Post#24) : Minatomirai 21 At Yokohama
During our walk in Yokohama and when we on-boarded the historical NYK Hikawa Maru at Port of Yokohama, I got a chance to capture this scenery looking towards Minatomirai 21. This is the central business district of Yokohama. Snapshot captured during family tour in Japan last September 2015.
Through My Lens – Aug 15, 2016
Our World Tuesday – Aug 16, 2016
Travel Tuesday – Aug 16, 2016
Outdoor Wednesday – Aug 17, 2016
Wednesday Around The World – Aug 17, 2016
Skywatch Friday – Aug 17, 2016
Scenic Weekends – Aug 17, 2016
In Heaven – Aug 18, 2016
Interior (Post#2) : The Block Arcade – Elizabeth St Interior Walkway
One of the things that I really enjoyed in Australia while strolling around in its different cities are its century old arcades and one of them is “The Block Arcade” or simply “The Block”. The said arcade is located almost at the center of Melbourne CBD. When I got a chance to enter in this European touched arcade I was really amazed. Looking at its interior design, you will really feel the building’s history and culture. Photo captured last July 2013 while walking around the city.
Structure (Post#3) : Royal Exhibition Building
Royal Exhibition Building is one of the building on my list that I wanted to visit while I was in Melbourne. But it was only happened when Motorclassica (showcasing classic cars) event happened last October 2013.. Visiting the building requires reservation and most of the time, it is fully booked for events and exhibitions. This building based on history was the first in Australia to be awarded as UNESCO World Heritage status, being one of the last remaining 19th-century exhibition building. The building also hosted the opening of the first Parliament of Australia in 1901.
Chromatic Outlook (Post #22) : 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
This post is related to the first photo I published under “Theme” which featured a classic car with a model of 1923 Chenard et Walcker 3L Roadster. This time I am featuring one of the super luxurious sports car – 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. This model of Lamborghini was displayed in the Motorclassica event that I attended in Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne last October 2013. The event gave me a chance to glimpse the car from a distance. It was so close yet so far as it has some distance to the spectators.
Interior (Post#1) : State Library Victoria – La Trobe Reading Room Ceiling
The photo above is the interior design of the dome ceiling in La Trobe Reading Room inside State Library Victoria in Melbourne CBD. The photo above was just a sneak shot that I had while wandering inside the library. At first, I tried to search books to read inside this room, but to be honest my intention is to take a snapshot of this magnificent domed reading room not to be obvious to other people, that I was inside the library just to be amazed and appreciate its interior design. I sneaked this shot last July 2013. So keep quiet…shhh.
Name Of The Place (Post#19) : Flinders Street
Flinders Street is one of the famous train station in Melbourne not only because of its history but because this is station that serves the entire metro train network as anyone can commute from this station to any station. And the location of the station is strategic as it is within the city center. When I captured this photo, it was during Melbourne Cup last November 2013. Recently, there was design competition happened to rejuvenate the historical and landmark station in Melbourne.
View At My Window (Post#15) : MotorClassica At Royal Exhibition Building
Car Motor Show was one of the unique event that I attended while in Melbourne. When I heard about MotorClassica I was curious as I am not really a car enthusiast since I don’t know how to drive and I don’t have my own car. But a showcase of classical cars was the main reason of my curiosity to attend. I went to Royal Exhibition Building to see different historical and branded cars which considered a treasure to people who own it. I honestly enjoyed the said exhibit. Photo captured last October 2013.
View At My Window (Post#12) : Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ
The reason why I like Open House event in any city is because of the freedom to enter in a building whether its public or private for free. Melbourne Town Hall was one of the building that I got a chance to visit during the event. And here one of the best feature of the Town Hall is its majestic Main Hall where one of the most beautiful pipe organ in the world can be found, it is the original wood-carved Grand Organ which built-in 1929. The said organ has been refurbished and relaunched last 2001. The photo captured during Open House Melbourne event held last July 2013.
Chromatic Outlook (Post#10) : Melbourne City Town Hall
When I stayed in Australia, specifically in Melbourne, most of my travel plans were outside Melbourne or outside Victoria state as the city itself and nearby suburbs or towns will be easier to plan than traveling outside. And when Melbourne Open House event had been scheduled, I grabbed the opportunity to see the city because I have freedom to enter different buildings for free. One of the historic building I visited was the Melbourne City Town Hall which captured last July 2013. Melbourne City Town Hall as per Wikipedia is a municipal building of Melbourne City where the office of local government area is located.
This post has been updated to add the link of and to participate in the following:
Black and White View – May 30, 2016
Black and White Wednesday – Jun 1, 2016
The Weekend in Black and White – Jun 3, 2016
Chromatic Outlook (Post#8) : Enterprize Tall Ship
During my first assignment, one of the first adventures that I tried which just near Melbourne was sailing through Enterprize Ship. The ship is a replica of Enterprize Tall Ship which built during 19th century, a historical ship which has been part of Melbourne history. The photo captured last March 2013 at Victoria Harbour in Docklands near Melbourne CBD.
Another post related to my adventure of Enterprize Tall Ship
Sailing With Enterprize
This post has been updated to add the link of and to participate in the following:
Black and White View – May 9, 2016
Black and White Wednesday – May 11, 2016
The Weekend in Black and White – May 13, 2016
When I stayed for a while in Melbourne City, one of the event that I experienced was Melbourne Open House which happened once a year. During the event, many government, private, historical, church, commercial and even office buildings and structures are open for public viewing. I loved Open House because the event gave me a chance to enter to different buildings openly and for free. One of the building that I visited was Queen Victoria Women’s Centre which was a former Queen Victoria Hospital. The centre is a non-profit organization that provides information, support and resources for Victorian women and women’s organization. I captured this photo last July 2013 during Melbourne Open House.
View At My Window (Post#1): A Little Bit Snapshot Of City Square
Swanston Street (corner Collins Street) From Melbourne Town Hall
I usually pass this area every time I am on my way to work during my project assignment in Melbourne. They also call this place as City Square.