All posts tagged: Bourke Street Mall

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Weekend Wanderings: From Bourke to Spring in Melbourne

Last weekend when I was wandering around the city with those people and taking photos, I showed you some of the images last weekend, but we did wander from the Bourke Street Mall all the way up to Spring street.  Last weekend I stopped the photos with the Christmas decorations, so today I thought I would show you more of what were taken at the Mall and to just before I left the city. Being the first weekend of the 2014 Christmas Festival the city was packed with people, and there were buskers everywhere. Some on their own, or small groups like this entertaining the people.  Some are good, some aren’t, but it is nice to hear and see them.  I have to start making sure I have money or change when I go in so I can give them some.  I think if I’m taking photos I should leave some money.  These guys didn’t last long, well in this set, they had been there for a while and just after they started playing their power was …

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Weekend Wanderings – Around the City of Melbourne

Yesterday afternoon I spent some wonderful time wandering around the city with a couple of people just taking photos.  It is the best thing to do on the weekend.  We had no set agenda, and we really did just wander.  We started with coffee at Brunetti’s and were going to go to St Paul’s Cathedral, but we were shocked to find that it was closed.  So we thought we would head down to Hosier Lane and see what was happening there. This weekend they are having an art event on there, so you can go down there and do some of your own spray painting, I think.  They were handing out masks, rubber gloves, paint and stencils to anyone who wanted to have a go.  There were also lots of graffiti artists there working on their own pieces.  Great place to go if you want to see it happening.  Though be prepared, it smells a bit from the paint fumes. We wondered into this building and took quite a few photos of the middles of it. …

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Christmas Eve, One More Sleep

Today, being Christmas Eve and now that my work for the City of Melbourne is complete, I thought I would show some of the other things I’ve been snapping this month.  They are bits and pieces of Christmas that I have found around the place. There were shop windows dressed up for the occasion. Coffee shops like Brunetti’s getting into the Christmas spirit. Small arcades making an effort for Christmas. Fire trucks and firemen coming to Bourke Street to give away lollies and to give kids a chance to see inside a fire engine. Trying to fit in more and more.  I was so happy with this shot, taken with the new camera, the D800, the best gift I got this year.  It shows both entrances to the Block Arcade. Christmas is almost with us and this is my last Christmas post, thank you to those who have stayed with me throughout the whole month.  It has been an interesting month.  Getting the job to take photos for the City of Melbourne was great, but …

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A City Comes Alive 3 Days Before Christmas

Yesterday I decided to head into the city and take photos of the people.  The city is buzzing at the moment and there are people everywhere you look.  Lots of lots of crowds, the buskers are out everywhere, and people are queuing up to see all sorts of things.  I took photos mainly in the City Square and the Bourke Street Mall.  The weather was overcast, but it was a nice temperature. I thought I would just show them to you in a gallery and put some explanations under some of them.  Is your place buzzing with excitement like Melbourne? Tomorrow is my Christmas Around the World post, so if you have put photos of Christmas on your blog please email me a link so I can include some of your photos in my post.  Please remember that my Monday is your Sunday for many of you, so the sooner you get them to me the better. My email is leanne@leannecole.com.au

Crowding Christmas

Today I have the first set of photos I took the other night when I was in the city.  The first place we went to was the Bourke Street Mall.  It was, as most of the city was, very crowded.  The windows in front of Myer were packed with people. I wanted to get the lights that were over the top of the Mall.  I should explain that our Malls are not like other countries, this is a street that was closed off to cars many years ago, and now it is for pedestrians and trams.  The middle is always clear, you really don’t want to go one on one with a tram, you will lose. It had just gone dark, and as you can see from the clock on the Myer building it was about ten to nine.  I was hoping the lights would show more, or stick out more, but they didn’t really.  It was a little disappointing,  but hopefully you get the idea of what it looked like.  The rain made it …