We had a very fun day last week, thankfully not to hot, (are we over hearing about the weather yet, tough, feel our pain ) my friend suggested we go to the Unveiled exhibition at the Perth Museum (200 years of Wedding Gowns). I of course jumped at the chance to go, and suggested we take Public Transport which involves the bus and the train. She was horrified and couldn’t understand why on earth anybody would be mad enough to take public transport. I am glad to say that by the end of the trip she is now wondering why on earth, hadn’t, she done that before.
Let me just say, I am comfortable to take public transport in the day, but not in the evening, unless I am in Melbourne, where I do take the public transport in the evenings.
When in Melbourne no car needed:
1. Because we always stay in the City in Melbourne
2. Therefore we don’t need/hire a car
3. Their trams are amazing and take you just about anywhere
4. As do your feet
Back to Perth
You can find yourself spending your whole day in the Perth CBD Cultural Centre, which is something I do once a year drinking in the:
- Polly’s Cafe
- Northbridge Plaza
|Polly Coffee Bar, think it should be Polly’s?|
The cultural centre of Perth, is a great hub of activity and awesome for people watching. Unfortunately it is also a hub of people wanting you to complete questionnaires or money collectors collecting your spare change.
If you are not in the mood to have your conversation interrupted every 2 minutes, remain with your eyes downcast, and walk quickly, you also might find yourself having to step over them, so be careful as they are sometimes an OHS hazard. (Occupational Health & Safety)
Polly Coffee Bar photo above:
People from all walks of life congregate here at Polly’s, reminds me of a pop up cafe, except it is a permanent fixture, and this place has the friendliest staff. You can also sit around a wall, with your goodies, which backs on to an open wetland display, where I believe the frogs live. Kids love it, see there is something for everyone.
There were nana’s celebrating the day with their grandchildren, police men and women having a chat and a coffee, Japanese tourists laughing and talking loudly (couldn’t understand a word they were saying) they were very happy though. The nice thing was, everyone was smiling, even those accosted by people with clipboards asking a thousand and one questions.
After a coffee, we needed sustenance after that exciting bus and train trip. which by the way cost us $11, that is a bus and a train trip there and back for two.
|How exciting, well maybe.|
To the left of this sign, which indicates the entrance to the museum, is another natural playground for children where they can tap, pat and walk along and amongst stuff!!
|Inside the museum, even the dinosaur got into the act, wearing a garter and a veil.|
|The first taste of what is to come, I think from memory a dress by Aurelio Costarella|
|Of course it would not be a complete exhibition without some shopping therapy would it?|
I had a brief look, would have loved a coffee table book, which:
|First of many dresses, a preview if you like.|
|What intrigued me was that dresses were supposed to be white but are in fact a soft cream colour, age I assume has changed the colour|
Once inside you moved from glass case to glass case, ohhing and ahhhing, wondering really what all the fuss was about. Yes they were beautiful, the fine lace for the veils was exquisite. There was a show of all periods and a note on the history of the gown. The slide show was great, you saw brides at their best.
You could have at the beginning of the exhibition, down loaded something for your smart phone, I think an audio, unfortunately I didn’t have that phone on me and yes you do need that.
My favourite display was of Dita Von Tesse’s ( A burlesque star) deep purple wedding gown, the one she wore when marrying Marilyn Manson (no I don’t really know who they are) .
Being packed, if you don’t like crowds, not much fun here as not only is it dark but the signage is hard to read and you need to be on top of it before you can see what it says. I wish there was a guide explaining the gowns, I know that would have been more intimate and less challenging for those of us who don’t like crowds. None of that touchy feely stuff when you get pushed, shoved and bumped.
Once you leave, walk around the outside trail, as there are many fabulous photos of beautiful brides in all of their finery.
|Aren’t they handsome|
|That gown must feel divine against the skin.|
After we traipsed our way around Brookfield plaza, for a late lunch, we ended up at the Trustee bar and restaurant, took a sneaky photo, felt bad about invading others privacy but there you have it.
|I want this light, they had many of them, looked firmly secure.|
|My favourite is the Orb style lights.|
|A view of the bar at the entrance.|
The Trustee Bar is very light and airy, looks remarkably inviting in the evening, the food was fabulous as was the service. We then trained and bused home, my friend commented on how easy catching public transport was, how relaxed she felt, hope to do it again soon, as there are now many many small bars and eateries in the Perth CBD area.
Maybe I will see you on the train some time, a novelty for us who don’t do it every day.