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photoblog image Sydney's <s>QVB</s> Strand Arcade

Sydney's QVB Strand Arcade


The  British influence is all over Australia, not that it surprised me!
This Queen Victoria Building in Sydney reminded me of Covent Garden in London.

CORRECTION:  a very nice commenter, Justin, has kindly told me that this is NOT the QVB but The Strand Arcade
, which happens to look very similar. 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Sydney's QVB Strand Arcade


The  British influence is all over Australia, not that it surprised me!
This Queen Victoria Building in Sydney reminded me of Covent Garden in London.

CORRECTION:  a very nice commenter, Justin, has kindly told me that this is NOT the QVB but The Strand Arcade
, which happens to look very similar. 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (43)

  • Blackdog
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 13 May 2008, 00:21
I have actually been in here - it's impressive isn't it! Couldn't afford to but anything mind you!
Ginnie Hart: We didn't buy a thing there, Mike! But it was fun to walk through from one end to the other, just to say we did it. smile
Patterns and geometry galore. This is an image I could spend quite a lot of time with, soaking up all the details.
Ginnie Hart: LOTS of details for sure, Red Pen. If you're a shopper (I'm not but Donica is), you would have had a heyday!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 13 May 2008, 02:35
A definite "Wow factor". Such an amazing structure. I can't believe they didn't stop you from taking pictures.
Ginnie Hart: I didn't see anyone else taking pictures, now that you say that, Sherri, but no one tried to stop me either. I never once thought of that. smile There was so much to see and take pictures of!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 May 2008, 03:38
I am not a Sydney person, Ginnie, but I have been to this building, albeit without a camera.

Your image shows off the inside of the building perfectly...impressive, but not my kind of place to shop.
Ginnie Hart: Since I'm not a shopper (Donica is!), this isn't my place to shop either, Ray. But it was fun to walk through from one end to the other, just to say we did it! smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • vacation.....on Texel....
  • 13 May 2008, 06:01
This is an impressive building, so much details, so much to look at, you had a great POV, so sharp again..and I know you only went inside for this stunning picture...great job again.
Ginnie Hart: My gay nephew was the one who wanted us to see this place, Astrid (you know those gay guys!), so we just followed him around. I'm not the shopper in my family (Donica makes up for me), but we actually had fun walking through from one end to the other...without buying one thing. It was at least a memory. smile Thanks, mijn vriend.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 13 May 2008, 06:09
Interesting building, but the fotographer is also importent. ;-) Nice angle and harmonic colours, well done Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Klaus! Thank you. smile
wow! tu as fait une photo d'une qualité exceptionnelle. magique!
Ginnie Hart: You know how to say the right thing, O-P, even in French. grin Merci.
  • Arash
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 13 May 2008, 06:47
Great work! terrific contrast in this photo! I like the composition and the symmetry! Also impressive details here. Nice shot Ginnie wink
Ginnie Hart: As I always say, Arash, flattery will get you everywhere. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 May 2008, 07:14
An excellently composed photo which emphazises the elegant, luxurious character of this very impressive building, a consumption-temple, and my eyes are 'eating and drinking' so much that I don't need buy any such thing!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are a soulmate, Philine, because I didn't need to buy a thing either! smile It was enough to walk through from one end to the other and just snap pictures. Thanks.
  • Ann
  • France
  • 13 May 2008, 07:14
What a nice place !!! I love all the details and the colours ... Even my daughter Victoria said : wouaw !!!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. She knows a good thing when she sees it. Did you tell her what it was called? smile Thanks, Ann.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 May 2008, 07:29
Australia reminds you of Convent Garden ... touchy subject over there in Oz smile

Excellent symmetry and colours.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You are so right, Louis. But actually, we definitely picked up the "two minds" about that touchy subject. Some are very much Queen worshipers still, as is my nephew-in-law! smile
  • aksel
  • .....sweden....at work
  • 13 May 2008, 07:43
Beautiful - I saw something similar in Leeds - not this big though. I like the symetry here
Ginnie Hart: I must say that this was HUGE, Aksel. Almost too huge for my tastes but still fun to see. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 May 2008, 07:44
As you know Ginnie thats another connection between us Musketeers(we hate shopping!!)
Love the building though the colours and the architecture is lovely. I like the terrazzo tiles on the floor..
Great clear detail mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: We Musketeers know how to stick together, Tracy, for sure! All for one and one for all. grin Thanks, mijn vriend.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 May 2008, 08:06
Yes the Australian of today is infuenced by many countries but Brits have always be our mother country.great photo Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I guess we never forget our Mother, Vintage, whether we love her or not! smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 13 May 2008, 08:13
Agree totally, Ginnie. Australia really feels like England abroad.
Ginnie Hart: I knew about the history, Chad, but it kinda surprised me when I saw it. Funny how that happens! Thanks.
I just wish we hadn't taught them to play cricket!! Something we failed to do with our American colonies by and large!

Great shot Ginnie...don't you just love Victorian buildings!!?
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can't imagine what America would be like with yet another sport! I guess our football makes up for it, Bill! smile Thanks.
This is a lovely rich & lusterous image of antipodean commerce Ginnie. Lovely shot!
Ginnie Hart: I had just closed down my online dictionary, Chris, and had to open it up again for your "antipodean." smile You are so right, of course. Thanks.
This is a huge Victorian styled arcade .. My shots of such arcades in Leicester and in Norwich are fascinating but lack the oppulance of this place. richard
Ginnie Hart: Opulent is a good word for this place, Richard. Nice to see once but I do not need to go back. smile Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 13 May 2008, 08:48
Great shot Ginnie. It looks very much like the Melbourne arcade. I have never seen this one.
Ginnie Hart: I would love to compare the two, Aussie, maybe some day, if ever we get back to Oz!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 13 May 2008, 08:51
Just read Tracy's comment and realised I have that in common as well. I hate shopping.
Ginnie Hart: You will make a good Musketeer, Aussie. I can just see it now. We'll definitely meet up with you in England this year. Be there or be square. smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 May 2008, 09:13
It looks a little less crowded than Covent Garden - perhaps the high prices have frightened the shoppers away! This is a beautiful structure and one time when symmetry is absolutely essential - you have captured it perfectly.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, dear Ingrid! Thank you.
  • shahab
  • Iran
  • 13 May 2008, 09:26
Fantastic work!Great processing has made a masterpiece here!Bravo!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shahab, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me.
  • mal
  • 13 May 2008, 10:17
lovely shot Ginnie. I remember spending a rainy day in this place. mal
Ginnie Hart: Aha! So then you know the British influence, Mal. smile Thanks for stopping by.
I bought a hat here.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I hope it didn't cost you and arm and a leg, Mary. grin Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan - United States
  • 13 May 2008, 11:02
Oh it's beautiful! I'm surprised it wasn't first a train station or something, was actually built for shops! Such nice color, a real solid place. Lovely photo.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Ruth. So many of the magnificent shopping malls WERE first train stations! Let's hope that doesn't happen to Central Station in NYC! Thanks, Sis.
Beautiful shot Ginnie. Great colours and symmetry here!
You're right about Covent Garden similitude.
Ginnie Hart: So glad I wasn't far off, Richard. smile Thanks.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 13 May 2008, 11:27
great angle
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 13 May 2008, 11:31
This is an impressive building. Great symmetry and point of view.
Ginnie Hart: It would swallow you whole, Cako. smile
Lovely lovely capture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, S&S.
I love the patterned recession in the shot Ginnie, and lots of geometric shapes and all those colours. How lucky to have been here.
Ginnie Hart: I felt very lucky, Brian, and still pinch myself! Thanks.
What's with the guys trying to butter you up ? smile But your right it is like Convent Garden and some other indoor places within London but as we say over here if they didn't like us they should have built this different ! So says this yank living in the UK !!!!! :d
Ginnie Hart: I never met one person who said anything negative about you Brits, Johnny. Actually, quite the contrary. My nephew-in-law worships your Queen! smile
These things are just getting bigger and bigger.
Great detail in this shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I can't imagine building a place like that, Magnus. And on three different levels. It was mammoth! Thanks.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 13 May 2008, 20:19
quite simple stunning to look at Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: I'm glad we at least saw it, Tim. Then we were on our way to bigger and better things. (Can you tell that I'm not a shopper?) smile
  • Paul
  • 13 May 2008, 20:37
perfectly composed Ginnie, and I love the tones and colour here
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Paul! You're a sweetheart.
nice pic
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Olivier, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Still
  • France
  • 13 May 2008, 21:58
A goldy place...
Very fine capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still.
Nicely done, colors are great as the composition : Thumbs up !!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Zeb! Thanks.
A grand composition Ginnie, plenty of detail for the ye to wander around. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: The eye definitely wanders around, Les!! smile Thank.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal (lisbon)
  • 14 May 2008, 14:23
How much can you put on a photo...and it all looks so set in order...and did they let you take pictures??? Or did you manage to fool the security system? smilesmile
I specially like the light and the golden warm tones as well as the almost perfect symmetry of the several elements.
Ginnie Hart: It never one occurred to me that photos might not be allowed, Lina, so maybe I was really lucky? smile Thank you for your kind words...yet again!
  • Fausto
  • Home
  • 18 May 2008, 04:30
This is a Ginnie Hart Trademark shot if you ask me! Marvelous. It looks so real it wants to look like a very well done painting. I could be wrong but that's just my opinion. Love it very much!
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, Fausto. And I mean that sincerely.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 27 Jun 2008, 20:23
Love this Ginnie, I actually won't mind paying for a 16x20 framed print of this to hang on my wall. Excellent capture
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to flatter the dickens out of me, Bandoras! smile If you're serious, I'd be more than happy to "talk." In the meantime, thank you kindly!
  • Justin
  • Australia
  • 5 Jul 2008, 01:26
Love the picture - but this is actually 'The Strand' Arcade off Pitt Street Mall, not the 'Queen Victoria Building' as stated. Buildings like these are part of what I love about Sydney (as a local boy, born and bred). The city has such a great sense of history, thanks to British architecture such as this. Long live the Queen!!
Ginnie Hart: Are you serious, Justin? My nephew has lived there for 8 years and surely would not have misled us????? Now I'm confused. Please tell me more.....
  • Justin
  • Australia
  • 9 Jul 2008, 00:10
Hi - sorry to be the instigator of confusion, but yes I am being serious. I don't know if I can post links here, but I will try. This is a link to 'The Strand's' homepage -
http://www.strandarcade.com.au/IPOH/STRAND/me.get?site.sectionshow&PAGE002
- have a look at the *tiny* picture in the top right hand corner - it is a similar perspective to yours.

Also, here is a Wikipedia link -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_strand_arcade


The QVB has a slightly different colour scheme (although is being repainted more in line with a true Victorian era colour scheme) and is *much* larger than 'The Strand'.

Hope that clears things up!

Keep up the great work with the photos. Love them all!!
Ginnie Hart: I have finally had time, Justin, to look at the links you have included here and I can certainly see that you are correct. Ay Caramba! Sigh. Donica says we did go through both one after the other, so I clearly got the two confused! Thank you for your clarification.

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