Bendigo – about 2hrs drive from Melbourne. It used to be longer many years ago before the freeway. Bendigo became rich on gold and the buildings of this provincial city lay claim to its past wealth.Since 1964 it’s been one of my favorite country cities. My father bought me here for one of my first open cycle race events and I kept coming back each year to compete until the early 1980s.
Things have changed since then and I wanted to show Sue the wonderful rich history of its past.
As we arrived at the Information Centre, we chanced across a small exhibition in the form of another Fashion Display. I’m doomed but Sue was having fun.
After picking up our tickets for the Wedding Dress Thing, we took a wander up and down View Street in Bendigo. Some of their cultural buildings are here. Back in the 60s they were derelict but now they have all been faithfully restored. Across from the theatre are some great stores and cafes. We took a sticky-beak in some of the antique shops – bad move Leon. Sue became enchanted with this repo art nouveau lamp which is now going back to Melbourne with us. As we emerged from our little shopping spree the rains started, thanks to fellow Blogger Dianne from Adelaide who rained on our parade after out “Hot August Night” post.
|Bendigo Fire Station|
|Looking down Bendigo's View Street opposite the Theatre|
|The food was delightful, but the Cote d'Rhone was divine.|