Block Arcade in Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD is over one hundred years old. Displaying Victorian-era architecture, which is quite magnificent, as it was built during a boom period and showing Victoria’s wealth from gold mining and other ventures. There are regular tours throughout the Block, as it is affectionately called, taking in iconic landmarks such as the Hopetoun Tea Rooms and Haigh’s Chocolates (referred to elsewhere on JMN PIXELS). The hyperlink above takes you to the home page, on which there is a very small rotating slideshow which shows an image of the central circular court. The images below are of the mosaic design on that circular court floor.
A visit to the Block is worthwhile — for its history, for the beautiful architecture and heritage colour scheme, for the shops and cafes, and then purely just for its ambience, a taste of luxury from a bygone era. I can take lots of that!
PS: The copyright on these images is from an earlier period when this was one of my two online identities.
Situated at the Little Collins Street end of the Royal Arcade in Melbourne’s CBD, this is a very popular, quite tiny eatery that serves good food and excellent coffee. Very Italian, which it is! The sub-plot to this image would be called Numbers…Located under the Gog and Magog Clock.
NO, this is not a mis-spelling! It is the name of one of Melbourne’s iconic sweetsmakers. Having a small shop in Royal Arcade, Bourke Street, in Melbourne’s CBD, you can watch them make their wonderful handmade rock candy throughout the day. Here’s a link to their website:
— watch the video to see how it is made; it will amaze you how they get the text and designs within. Here are a couple of photos inside the shop. Enjoy!