|Kate's Lovely New Bike ... with hearts!|
Each of the neighborhoods has a 'village square' where much of the neighborhood's commerce happens. Cafés, bakeries, pharmacies, little restaurants and other merchants are mostly gathered here, as is a tram or train station that can take you to the city centre. Residential and commercial buildings rarely go above three stories in these neighborhoods. Combine that with the basement-less constriuction (most structures are built on ground-level concrete slabs) and the neighborhoods have a very low-and-flat feel. Yards and private spaces for the buildings are often behind the streetfront, lending privacy to the spaces. This particular neighborhood, once upon a time, was a working class area as it was close to the piers and warehouses. It has since gentrified with the piers and loading docks moving up the Yarra. Now, kilometres of sandy, well-kept beaches are close by. Those lucky enough to live in the neighborhood (or have relatives with a place here) can be at the beach before or after work for a swim/run/cycle/stroll/coffee/etc. That would be Kate and me right now.
Today we are holed up in Susan and Simon’s weekend house in the Melbourne neighborhood of Albert Park. It is a rainy day, therefore an opportunity to document, reflect and do laundry. And 'blog. And do puzzles.
|Chillin' at Albert Park|
|The Vincent, our local pub|
|Tram stop near the beach|
|Bike paths going forever along Port Phillip Bay|
|'Little' streets, similar to Mews|
|Victoria St., a typical main thoroughfare|