Artsy Day in Melbourne

Trip Start Mar 11, 2014
Trip End Apr 05, 2014

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, March 15, 2014

As Dave headed back to the Formula 1 track this morning, I decided I would have an art appreciation day. 
I started out in search of the National Gallery of Victoria (art museum).  Getting just a bit lost, I still managed to find some artistic inspiration on my detour.  The museum itself was fantastic. There is no entrance fee and so I guess I wasn't expecting much, but it was very large and had so much to see.  I spent a couple hours with 14th - 16th century Christian themed pieces and a lovely large room containing works by Renoir, Sisley, Monet, Manet, Pissaro and Rodin.  Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there was a huge contemporary collection called Melbourne Now.  It had everything from Chihuly glass to some crazy modern multi-media stuff.  I loved the light up disco floor where a pair of 2 year olds were having a blast running and dancing around on the flashing lights.  One room had a large curved wall with what looked like trees in the background and sky near the top, but the entire wall was nearly covered in small black bird stickers. There was a docent there handing out a card with 3 bird stickers on it to each visitor so we could add to the exhibit. It looked like Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds on crack!  I don't think my mom would have liked it!

From there, I headed back into the city center to try to find a phone store where I could possibly get some help with our Verizon iPhones which aren't working. (We are NOT very happy with Verizon at the moment!)  I finally found the store (in the same mall with the cool dome where I was yesterday!) and while the guy there was VERY sweet and helpful, he didn't have much luck. He suggested heading to the nearby Votophone store to buy a new cheap phone that would work both here and when we get to New Zealand. I found the store and although I was in the middle of Chinatown, the young man was able to help me and we now own a new phone which I hope will help us communicate better with folks back home. Dave might be able to get a bit of work done after all!

By then, I was ready to sit for a bit!  What better spot than the State Library a couple blocks away - beautiful building, more art galleries, a comfy chair and wifi = aaahhh.  After a nice FB message chat with Kelsey I went in search for a late lunch.  The cafe at the library entrance turned out to be a great spot for a spicy sandwich and a latte. A stop at a donut shop on the way back to the hotel seemed too good to pass up. I'd like to say I saved a bite for Dave, but hey, it was another long day of walking and hopefully a new phone will make up for it.
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Ann W on

What a cool day Leslie. I love how cosmopolitan you sound.

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