More Melbourne

by Alissa

We were all entranced by this short stop-motion film of rotating objects at the National Gallery Victoria International.

We were all entranced by this short stop-motion film of rotating objects at the National Gallery Victoria International.

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Playing outside at the NGV International.

Playing outside at the NGV International.

Crest on the bridge over the Yarra. I think we might need a new family crest, one with whales.

Crest on a bridge over the Yarra. I think we might need a new family crest, one with whales.

Looking over the Yarra toward the city centre.

Looking over the Yarra toward the city centre.

from City Square.

from City Square.

Even in nondescript alleyways, Melbourne is full of art.

Even in nondescript alleyways, Melbourne is full of art.

Ace found the Ripcurl. He would move to Melbourne in  a heartbeat, but it's just too far to the beach.

Ace found the Ripcurl store. He would move to Melbourne in a heartbeat, but “it’s just too far to the beach.”

Happy tourists. Well-kept city.

Happy tourists. Well-built city.

Our last big find of the trip, the great playground beside ArtPlay--an art activity centre for kids. We will be back!

Our last big find of the trip, the great playground beside ArtPlay–an activity centre for kids. Swinging was, clearly, a thrill. Art sessions require a bit of prior planning, but we will be back!

We also played on the steps at Federation Square. Such beautiful sandstone.

We also played on the steps at Federation Square. Such beautiful rock! Kimberly sandstone.

A window full of handmade fashion--Melbourne Etsy sellers on display at Federation Square.

A window full of handmade fashion–Melbourne Etsy sellers on display at Federation Square.

It has been a month since we were in Melbourne. Whenever I talk about it, I hear myself getting a twinge of fan-girl in my voice. I don’t really want to move there. I just want to be there. We all had a great time. Good talks and contacts for Ace with his research. A happy cycle of museums-parks-galleries-hot chips-playgrounds-ice cream-urban walking for the girl and me.

Thank you, Ace, for the phone pics at last.

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