Australian Rural-lit and historical fiction author and artist Kathryn Shell
The Block Arcade - Collins Street Melbourne (built in 1892) and the Hopetoun Tearooms.
When I think of places such as the Block Arcade in Melbourne I think of my mother. It's not that I have even been there with her, I just know how much she adored this place. "The Block," the arcade was called by older Melbourne residents. My mum was born in South Melbourne in 1910, and the block date's back to my grandparent's era.
It is a stunning arcade. The architecture and tiling are beautiful. A visit to the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is a must after wandering around the boutique shops.
I once held an exhibition of my paintings and pottery here in the center of the Block Arcade.
The Block is a feast for the eyes. Where to look first? You need time.
You could spend hours just looking at the architecture of high ornate ceilings, and detail of tiled floors, let alone attempting to choose from the cake selection.
This is a busy tourist attraction in Melbourne so best to avoid mid-morning until mid afternoon if you are wasting fast service seating and service at the tea house. It reminds me of the tearoom scene from my novel, Gold, book 1 in the The Stolen Years Series.
Excerpt from the novel Gold by