Monday, August 17, 2015

Melbourne Adventure! Day Two and Three

Saturday, Day 2:
Back at Federation Square, near Flinders Street station. This morning will be spent with Amanda, and her group, at the Bowie exhibition.

Excited about the exhibition in front of the ACMI sign.

There was a lot of Bowie imagery inside the ACMI.

Here is the bad news, I couldn't take any photos inside the exhibition!!!! :(
I'm a bit sad that I couldn't take photos. At the start of the tour we were given quality Sennheiser headphones with the usual neck box thing you're given during art exhibitions. The sound production for the exhibition was great, when you walked around to different rooms it changed the audio.

The exhibition itself was very busy, I'm not sure if that's due to being a Saturday or if Bowie is really popular. Anyway, it was very difficult to see some of the items due to the large amount of people crowding around.
I highly recommend the film companion to "David Bowie Is", it really captures what's available to see at the exhibition and how it feels to be there. If you cannot see the exhibition, watch the film!

The items followed his life, from early childhood around Post-Blitz London through adolescence and things that inspired him.
I couldn't pick one item of his I enjoyed seeing the most, but I really liked seeing his different inspirations and handwritten lyrics. His costumes and outfits were very surreal to see in real life, sometimes it's hard to believe that Bowie is a man and not some God-like creature.

Some of the best things about exhibitions is the souvenirs at the gift store. The selection at the gift store was small, and very expensive. One magnet cost $12!!
I purchased this hardcover book for $70. It's a very nice book, I suggest buying it if you're a Bowie fan and you don't get the chance to see the exhibition.

I really liked the bag I got with the book ;-)

The ACMI also holds some items from Australian film and tv. Here is a Mad Max Interceptor!

Here is exhibition hall while walking back to the hostel. It looks very pretty in the sunset.

I really loved this rundown building. I wish I could live in something like this.

Sunday, Day 3: The Lion King!
I got up early on day 3 and walked to the Queen Victoria Markets to meet Amanda (and company). Here is the walk through the exhibition gardens (same building I photographed at sunset the day before). 

I saw this awesome fountain.

Also ducks!
At the Queen Victoria Markets we got some hot jam donuts, and I purchased a few items from the stalls.
We then headed off the see the Lion King at the Regent Theatre. I was very excited, as this show has not traveled to Perth yet.

This is the photo from me seat, we were third row!
I really enjoyed the show, I'm a huge fan of Disney/The Lion King. We had priority tickets, so we also got a drink, ice cream, and programme.

Dinner at Big Boy BBQ. Omg, this burger was great. This had beef brisket, cheese, and fried onion strings. I was excited to try brisket, because I've never had it before (we don't get American BBQ in Perth). The meal was awesome, and I finished off with a peanut butter cream pie. Amanda and her friends shared a meat platter, it looked awesome!

Next day: Exploring Melbourne by myself at the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Melbourne Adventure! Day One

Around two weeks ago, I visited Melbourne for the first time. Primarily to view the "David Bowie Is" exhibition taking place at ACMI. "David Bowie Is" is an exhibition which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it proved so popular that it's touring the world. I promised myself that if it came to Australia I would go to see it. So I bought a ticket last year when the exhibition was announced :)

I really love aeroplanes, I think it's fantastic that travel has changed so much over 100 years. It's crazy to think how quickly we can reach places now, and how not long ago we used to have horse travel only!
On the aeroplane, I got two seats by myself, which is always appreciated.

I arrived in Melbourne late in the evening, and I was lucky to have a friend come pick me up from the airport and take me to my hostel. I stayed at The Nunnery, which is a lovely hostel situated about a 30min walk from the city.

My room was an 8 bed female only dorm room. I personally don't like sharing with people, but when traveling I'm always on a budget. The hostel also offers free breakfast, which is nice. I woke up nice and early the next morning, and started my walk into Melbourne.

Here's the fireplace in the common room of the hostel. Really nice on a cold winters day.

I passed some really nice architecture on the way.

Close up of the statues.

I found Flinders Street Station, where I was meeting a coworker. She really loves Bowie too, so when she hear I was going to see the exhibition we tried to plan some sightseeing together. She also brought her young son and friend Andrew, both who I've met before.

My coworker had booked high tea for us at a new place called Fancy Nance. We took a tram there, which was fun.

Walking past some pretty storefronts.

Fancy Nance was hidden down an alleyway.

We went with the "I'm So Fancy" option.

Because we booked an early time the place was deserted.

What's high tea without tea? I had my favourite, English Breakfast (I'm not very adventurous in my tea). Sadly, the pots of tea did not have free refills.

First course!

They had a lot of strange fancy foods. I enjoyed all of it, apart from the item on the left. This was a rice dessert with popcorn.


Second course, jam and scones. My favourite!
One of the jams was capsicum (bell peppers for you Americans) with a cream cheese spread.
The thing in the middle is an olive pastry with smoked cheese. It was really, really smoked. All your could taste was smoke. I still ate it :)

Third course, savoury. The item on the right was a chicken sandwich with deep fried buns, YUM!

After morning tea/lunch we were stuffed! We went for a little walk, and found a produce market.
We found this cool robot.

We had dinner booked for the evening at TGI Fridays (which is not in Perth). My coworker went back to where she was staying and I decided to stay in the city because there was no point going back to my hostel.
So, I did what I always do when I'm in the city centre with time to kill. I went to the library.

Here is the State Library of Victoria's reading room.
I brought my kindle with me, so I spent a few hours reading here till it was time for dinner

Domed ceiling.

The front of the State Library.

At TGI Fridays I had a fajita tower!! It was fantastic! It came out smoking from the meat in the middle dish.

For dessert I had a fudge brownie thing. It was delicious!

After stuffing myself with food the whole day, I walked back to my hostel and went to bed.

Next day: Bowie exhibition!!