Feeling woebegone because my Irishman is in Europe lapping up the summer sunshine while I was here going nowhere with a car and a flat tyre. Then there was all that silly Brexit business which my children – the two little pommie babies I have with British passports – found distressing.
So here are some restful reminders that Europe is where you find it.
Thank you Chanel for respectfully restoring this beautiful building in Flinders Lane instead of knocking it down and building a glass tower block which was a great Melbourne craze in the 70s and which is taking hold again because when people have too much money they like big, shiny things for no apparent reason.
I also loved seeing the revealed facade of the (now) Garden State Hotel also in Flinders Lane (I always feel nervous when I see a building boarded up for ‘restoration’ these days.)
This has a bit of an Italianate and something of a Covent Garden feel, so very nice to see the old mosaic still showing behind the new signage.
Although not part of the EU strictly speaking, Switzerland is still Switzerland. Hard to go past. The Swiss Club – not too far from her Francophile and Italian neighbours here – which seems just right.
A little less grand but still a nod to the Europeans amongst us – the Abel Tasman Club in Carnegie.
And from some earlier posts –
Just a reminder of the good things Europe brought to Australia for which we thank all those pastry chefs – a lot!
Acland St delights.
And for those who still love England – despite all its contradictions and eccentricity – this little Box Brownie reminds me of the gorgeous idyll that we love to think of as England, bunting and all (but perhaps with tea and scones on sale rather than coffee which can be a mixed experience in the wilds of the English countryside.)