Monday, 19 April 2010

Sunday in my City - A tale of two cities


Above - Lined with pavement plantings of immature chestnut trees, the 'rue' end of Glenmore Road, abuts Oxford Street opposite the sandstone wall surrounding Victoria Barracks. Winding narrowly among 1840s workmen cottages and the three-storey, double-fronted terraces of the emerging mercantile class, ‘The Intersection’ arouses faux-European sensibilities, whilst demanding genuine Champs-Elysees designer prices. This is definitely not a ‘clone-town’ neighbourhood. Alannah Hill is directly across the road.

Below – Stream Way is the shortest of back alleys running adjacent to William Street, the main thoroughfare from the Town Hall up the hill to Kings Cross. The stream trickled down from the cliffs of Darlinghurst to the waters of Wooloomooloo Bay. This entrancing wall-scape was buckled and warped by a fire belching out from the cellar of ‘The William’ an early opener at the rear of The Australian Museum.


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30 comments:

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'd love to do that to my house. Put Polka dots all over it. I'm just afraid it would act as a magnet (or canvas) for all the graffiti writers to put in their names.

Magpie said...

The polka-dots are amazing and what a bit of luck to catch two pedestrians with such nice pops of color also. What a big difference between the two shots.

brattcat said...

Remarkable contrast.
I'm not wishing spring away, dear Julie, not by any stretch of the imagination. It was just something I noticed for the first time when I looked objectively at the image.
My daughter goes to Paris in August. And if you've anything you want to send we are eager recipients.

byron said...

"WORLD: Factory of ideas and experiments"... An incredibly eye-catching store front! Just the type of attitude I would love to see in my neighborhood...

Mary Ann said...

I love that first image, the storefront book-ended so temporarily in electric yellow.

I envy those red-topped garbage bins. They look so stylish.

Susan said...

How much fun is that! Love the polka dots..and will show this photo to a few of our local retailers looking for ideas!

Woody said...

Excellent study in contrast.

Jen said...

very cool and interesting!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'm not keen on the polka dots at all.

Wouldn't be too happy to have a fire in the neighbourhood either but the texture is very pleasing.

Interesting subject matter as always.

brainella said...

I love the polka dots. Wonder if the homeowners association here would approve? :)

Very nifty contrasts. You have a such an amazing eye.

clearness said...

I just noticed, your blog is one whole day head of me. It is only Sunday at 6:34pm here. (I have no idea what time it is where you are)

clearness said...

April 18

Bruce Caspersonn said...

Don't get mugged in some of those lane ways.

Ann said...

That top one is great. Really must get up that way, its been years.

Took me a while to get a shot of the steps without hordes of people. Every time I went to take a shot a damn tour group would congregate at the top. Nearly gave up but luckily got a break in the traffic.

Unknown Mami said...

I love the the polka dots. I'm surprised I haven't seen something like that here.

Angelica said...

Your photographs look like postcards! Thanks for stopping by and for taking me to your city. I am loving all the traveling :)

Andrew said...

Lanes are so interesting and great that it has a descriptive name.

~Cheryl said...

The bottom photo could use some of that confetti! But then, it does have bright red garbage lids!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great pics, great contrasts.

I've always been a polka dot fan and that is one cool building.

Thanks for sharing your city.

Cheers,
jj

J Bar said...

Quite a contrast. I've never noticed the 'spotty shop' before. :)
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Julie said...

Jim, I think the spotty shop has only been thus for the last couple of weeks! I think it is desperately trying to get noticed among all the more up-market shops across the other side of Glenmore Road.

Marla said...

Love the spotty shop!

Sonya said...

Wow that first place is so cheerful looking..lol I love it

BLOGitse said...

That spotty shop looks cool - at least they are trying! :)

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Regina said...

Wow nice contrast.
Cool one Julie.
Have a great week.

diane said...

They are contrasting shots neither really enhancing a neighbourhood. You be careful in back alleys near Kings Cross.

4 Lettre Words said...

Wow...what a contrast. Both are lovely captures!

Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left us. It really means a lot.

Hilda said...

What a contrast!

I can do without the designer prices, but I have to say that I like those colorful polka dots!

Clytie said...

Our town is so stodgy anyone who painted a storefront with polka dots would likely be 'rid out of town on a rail'!

I really like the contrast of the second picture, the blistered blackened paint, the description of the fire 'belching out from the cellar', very interesting.

Mirela said...

LOL, I LOVE the building with spotted facade! It reminds of the Bugs Bunny cartoon when he was seeing spots :-)))