I took over 400 photos in the two and a half days I was there: so decided to break them down by theme into several blog posts so I don't overwhelm you (or me!)
After I dropped my bags off the owner of the apartment I'd rented took me to her favourite local cafe for a coffee. And I fell in love (with the cafe, not the owner). Switchboard Cafe is located at the back of the Manchester Unity building arcade in what used to be the building's switchboard.
On one side of the arcade is a tiny seating area, not much bigger than a shop windowand on the other, a hole in the wall where the barrista makes the coffee and where the food is prepared.
Over coffee I decided it would be the perfect small-size miniature project
so took a pile of photos for reference.
The apartment I'd booked was also crying out to be made in miniature.Located on the third floor of the Capitol Theatre building, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in the 1920s, it included original internal columns, windows and a beautiful parquet floor in the kitchen.
Unfortunately the arcade downstairs had been remuddled in the 1960s, but there were still some original details on the exterior of the building.
On my second day in Melbourne I stumbled across The Little Library in Melbourne Central.
And, once again, found myself designing a miniature version in my head.