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Sunday afternoon strollers on a small bridge across the mouth of one of two parallel docks beside the Yarra River in Melbourne. This area is called South Wharf. One of the docks or inlets is now occupied by the 1885 sailing ship (or 'tall ship'), the 'Polly Woodside'. A look at the map and a zoom in will show the ship sitting in the river itself while the construction work took place in and around its present home. It's docking area, during construction, seems to have been dammed and filled with concrete. Today, a pedestrian bridge crosses the entry to each of the inlets. The aerial photo must be a few years old, but watermarks showing the approximate positions of the bridges have been added to it; you can also see the supporting pylons under construction. I've positioned the red marker as well as I can to show where I took the photo, looking east along the Yarra River. A view of the river is blocked by the completed bridge, and the place where I stood to take the photo is now a pleasant bar where Santo, Klaudio, Steve, Alfred and myself enjoyed some beer during our walk three weeks ago. The reference to Lego-Land is surely self-explanatory! I think the architecture is, to be honest, uninspiring - mostly very box-like, with the exception of the slight curves of the Crown Casino on the right and the Crowne Plaza on the left - these buildings are not related! The two tallest buildings are the Rialto (left side) and the Eureka Tower (right).

By the way, when looking at the map, click on the multi-coloured 'Google' in the bottom left corner to open a much larger image.

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