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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Trip into London

I went for a trip into London to see the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London.  A wooden floating structure of a street of 17th century wooden houses designed by the US artist David Best in collaboration with Artichoke and built on barges by hundreds of schoolchildren and unemployed young people.

The sculpture was set alight on 4 September as a dramatic retelling of the story of the Great Fire of London of September 1666.  

More photos on flickr.

I also took a few photos around Blackfriars.

And from Blackfriars Station.
Also a few photos down Old Bailey

Tour of Australia (Part 6 - Melbourne)

Day 18 - We flew off to Melbourne.  We started with a visit to Queen Victoria Market before going to the hotel.  

The following day I went to the Royal Exhibition Building for the International Flower and Garden Show. 

I also had a walk around the city and came across the Eight Hour Day Monument - 888.  This was initiated in 1856 by the Eight Hour League who campaigned for 8 hours of work, rest and recreation and education.   

Later in the day we went out to Philip Island to see the penguins come ashore - no photos allowed.

The following day we went to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill, which is a living museum.

Our final evening of the tour we went on one of the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The meal was amazing and so was the atmosphere. 

A few more photos on flickr.

Tour of Australia (Part 5 - Canberra)

Day 17 - we left Sydney early to travel by coach to Canberra.   On route we had a coffee stop at Berrima, a place I had visited many years ago.    We then went on to Gold Creek Sheep Farm where the owners John and Bev and their son Craig showed us around. 

We then moved onto the city of Canberra where we stopped to have a look around the Parliament Building and the War Museum where we saw the daily memorial service. 

A couple more photos on flickr.