Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An afternoon around town

The weather's managed to be wonderful during our stay. We had a sprinkle last night visiting Phillip Island (to see the penguins come in after a day at sea -- more on that later), but otherwise there have been blue skies, warm breezes...and oh so friendly people. With the exception of a bit of attitude in one store, people everywhere have been incredibly open, friendly, and curious. They're proud of their country --- as they should be --- and it shows.

Today we've been out and about watching people observe Australia Day....and tonight we're heading to see fireworks on the Yarra River.

Another beautiful Merlbourne building --- which I can't properly identify --- in the Carlton district.

If you like to eat and want a selection of books you'll find nowhere in the US, head to Books For Cooks on Gertrude Street. Spend a half hour with owner Tim White and you'll know all about the food scene in Australia and elsewhere.
We like Tim's logo!

This tile sofa --- really a street bench --- might be a big uncomfortable.
Gargoyles keep and eye out along a street in the Carlton (Italian) district.

Busy baristas at Brunetti's -- an incredible Italian bakery, delicatessen, coffee, gelatalo and restaurant. This place was hopping --- lots of beautiful, pure Italian pastries and cakes. Not cheap...but wonderful!
Exquisite, petite, flavorful cookie masterpieces at Brunetti's

How about a slice of this cake?

Outside the Prahran Market --- another great place to shop.

Alison Baker --- who's an incredibly passionate bread fanatic --- runs Alison's handmade breads....here Alison waits on a customer while young associate Tom catches up on his reading!

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