Thursday, May 3, 2012

School Excursion..

On this cold, rainy Melbourne day I could have easily stayed cozy at home as I have plenty of things to sew, but instead I went with my daughter and her class on a school excursion.

We went by bus to the State Library which I haven't been to in years.  It is really interesting and is home to some of the most important items relating to Ned Kelly - his suit of armour, the original Jerilderie letter and his death mask.  The students also learnt about the early settlement days in Melbourne.  We also (very quietly) walked through the LaTrobe Reading Room with its magnificent Dome:

Then we had a nice brisk walk from the State Library down Swanston Street then Flinders Street to the Yarra River where we went on a river cruise to Williamstown.

Went past the Southern Star Observation Wheel which was pulled down in Jan 2009 due to major faults.  It's in the process of being completely rebuilt and will feature 21 enclosed air-conditioned glass cabins and an extensive LED lighting display which will provide stunning ever changing displays at night.

                                      Over 3,000 ships dock here in Melbourne each year.

This is the view from the back of the boat looking back at the city, we're almost at Williamstown.  Despite the drizzly weather it was a great day out and a reminder that I should play tourist in my own city more often.

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