Me-Now-Views; The Oz Venture - some leftovers

Some pretty shots from the QVB visit and also from Scotland Island




























The architecture of the QVB is really engrossing - a little bit grotesque and yet fantastically beautiful too. Sums up Victoriana I suppose!

This stair leading up to that small door has always caught the imagination. Not used now, it was opened for a special tour back in 2012. You can read about it and see a video of it in use HERE.

Originally a market place, office building and storehouse which also held a concert hall, the building was unused and fell into disrepair for much of the post-war period, even under a demolition order in 1959.

Somehow it survived that and was taken over and refurbished, re-opening to the public in 1986. More HERE.

The QVB is famous for its Christmas Tree (sits in centre of building and extends through all floors) and decorations. This year it was all done by Schwarzkopf Crystal. Decadence personified!























































































11 comments:

The Daily Pip said...

Those twisty stairs make me dizzy just looking at them. What kind of bird is that with the red head? Quite striking.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH the GORGEOUS Stained Glass Works... SO Beautiful... Just can NOT tell you how much WE are enjoying this series...
We are like RUBY... those stairs make US dizzy...

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

that is not a staircase I would enjoy going up or down - even though it does look pretty

Sully said...

Love the spiral staircase. Beautiful.

Aroo to you,
Sully

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

The stairs were my favourite!

Dory and the Mama said...

So much beauty!! Love the window and the staircase!!!

Julie said...

Very pretty, such luffly colours...betcha want to go back already?
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Mark Muller said...

the stairs are great... but they are hard to manage after some margaritas :o)

Murphy said...

Wow, those are some great shots! We would love to go up that staircase!

Keep Calm & Bark On!

Murphy & Stanley

Mara said...

Oh my, that spiral staircase! I get dizzy just looking at it!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Those stairs!!!!! :-)