Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bendigo Vic

Friday we set off with Russell & Hedy to explore Bendigo.  One of the world’s most spectacular gold rushes took place here in the mid-1800’s, giving rise to this magnificent city with its elaborate architecture and lasting monuments.
  It was quite quaint to see that they still feature historical trams in their streets a token of its golden past.
  One of their greatest testimonials from the past is the Sacred Heart Cathedral which reigns proudly overlooking the township from its perch up on the hill. 
 We spent timeless moments basking in the awe of the grand architected  masterpiece that completed this beautifully constructed cathedral. From the intricate leadlighted windows to the magnificent carvings complete with angels overhead to the marble columns and grand paintings you could not help but to admire this magnificent construction.
  We visited the Historical Post Office building which now hosts the Information Centre to get directions to the oldest Australian working pottery of Bendigo Pottery. 
 Here we explored old kilns and buildings and pottery in various stages of completion as well as the lovely finished products displayed beautifully on their shelves. 
 We had a lovely light lunch in the Pottery Cafe before venturing back to Elmore to meet up with everyone for happy hour.  As it was our wedding anniversary we dined that evening at the Railway Hotel in Elmore and enjoyed a delicious meal in this historical hotel.  There are 3 hotels in Elmore, an IGA, Chemist, Bakery, Newsagency and some old wares stores not a lot but lovely to visit and fossick through the different shops, visit the Campaspe Run where you can operate a smithy’s forge, learn about growing wheat and experience interactive displays and murals reflecting the history of the area.  You can also have a ride on the miniature railway, stroll through the museum at the Railway Station or walk along the Campaspe River.  
Talk again soon

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