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Melbourne - Day 2

Monday 14 September 2015

It was a work day for Ian, so he was up early and on his way before anyone else was out of bed. After breakfast we went for a walk with Kirrily along the Yarra to the Swan Street Bridge then back along the other side of the river to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Hermitage Exhibition. During our walk we got a good view of the Phoenix apartment building.

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great showcases one of the world’s greatest art collections, features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great’s reign from 1762 to 1796 was known as the golden age and is remembered for her exceptional patronage of the arts, literature and education. The exhibition was presented by the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia.

After visiting the Exhibition we continued our walk along South Bank, then across the Yarra and on to the City Wine Shop in Spring Street for lunch. The Wine Shop operates as a wine bar and also trades as an up-market bottle shop. After lunch we checked out the grocer located next door and the cheese shop that operates in the basement. We tasted a few excellent cheeses before selecting a few for later in the evening.

Later in the evening we went out to dinner at Tonka - a restaurant at the end of a hidden laneway, that you would not find if you did not know where it was. The name, Tonka, pays homage to the building which was the former home of the iconic Melbourne nightclub, Honky Tonks.
Tonka embraces two quintessential Melbourne perspectives. Firstly, its famous laneway culture with the casual Tonka Bar where cocktails and tastes from the Tandoor are offered in a relaxed non-reservation area. The second aspect begins with a walk through the kitchen which leads to the dining room, Tonka. Once again we shared a few platters to get a taste of the various offerings that explore Indian techniques and flavours.

Back at the apartment we got out the cheese purchased from earlier in the day to have with a few red wines.

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The thinnest high rise in Melbourne - 6.7 m wide by 23.4 m deep and 88 metres high.

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Barbeque on the balcony.

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Phoenix Building from the other side of the Yarra River.

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Kirrily and Di with the Phoenix Building in the background.

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Rowing sheds on the Yarra River.

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National Gallery of Victoria.

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Fountain outside the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Catherine the Great.

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Any-one for dinner?

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The Adoration of the Magi by Peter Paul Reubens.

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Birds in a Park - looks like George has been to St Petersburg.

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Destruction of the Turkish Fleet.

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King Charles 1 and Queen Henrietta Maria by Van Dyck.

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CPA Building on South Bank.

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Teatro Restaurant - empty today, packed yesterday.

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View from South Bank.

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