After an inspiring morning browsing through much of Art Gallery NSW we wandered through Hyde Park, past the Archibald Fountain (last visited in 2010 with all the family) and headed for QVB, the Queen Victoria Building. QVB was completed in 1898, deliberately designed to employ many out-of-work craftsmen during a severe recession. The atmosphere of QVB is amazing, a wonderful place to window shop and soak in the visual delights, including the spectacular Swarovski Christmas Tree. QVB is also home to a Baby Grand Piano which is open to the public to play - much to our delight it was in use as we walked through. The Christmas crowds were bubbly but not frantic, making the city a very pleasant place to be.
When Miss E finished her Internship hours at the Gallery she caught up with us and took me to see the city campus where she studied one subject this semester and will attend next year for her Honours studies. Only ten minutes walk from the CBD, along busy roads, yet once you enter the courtyard area behind the street-front buildings you find a green leafy oasis of quiet. I was so pleased to be able visit the campus and visualise her study days more accurately. It had been another beautiful day!
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