Sunday, 20 February 2011

Melbournian Heritage

The Block Arcade ~ photo from

Over the past two Saturday's I've had reason to travel into the City.  I'm a bit of a lover of old architecture.  Not in the technical sense.  Rather, I just love admire their aesthetic beauty.  Last week I walked past the Rialto.  While the towers are impressive, they are modern and all glass.  The ground-level facade, however, is a stunningly beautiful expression of architectural design.

This week I went on a Chocolate Tour of the city ~ a walking tour that takes you through all kinds of beautiful buildings and history while sampling some amazing, quality chocolate.  One of the places we visited was the Block Arcade.  I know we were there to learn about and appreciate chocolate, but how can you resist drinking in the beauty of an arcade like this one?  Everywhere I looked I was awed.  Have a look at the floor.
Picture from

That intricate pattern you see is made up of tiny mosaic tiles, expertly placed to create these ornate designs.  While the others were wondering why we were bypassing Haigh's Chocolates, I was looking at the floor and marvelling and the skill of those who worked on it.

We are indeed blessed to have such a beautiful city.  I don't go in there very often, but when I do, I'm always in for an architectural treat as I take time to admire the buildings that have stood for many years and continue to serve the people in practical ways, as well as delighting those who take time to admire them.


Anonymous said...

I'd love to do a chocolate tour. Did you go to Koko Black?


Tracy said...

Oh yes! They had us try the most amazing white champagne truffle. I bought one each for Dh & I to have at home. I'll have to go back there one day!

Jeni said...

i just love Melbourne
as i am from Queensland ...i get so excited ...and just go shopping each day when i am down your way

Left-Handed Housewife said...

A chocolate tour sounds divine! I'm glad you got to enjoy the architecture, but I'm totally jealous about the chocolate!