A Friend's Message from Melbourne, Australia

Victoria State Library, Melbourne, Australia by Val Mills
By Val
@valmnz (12755)
New Zealand
November 10, 2015 12:59pm CST
Yesterday my phone went off and I recognised the sound as not a text or a phone call, but a Facebook personal message. I wondered who it could be. It was from a friend, letting me know she was in the Victoria State Library in Melbourne, Australia. I was so envious. I knew she was in Australia, but hadn't realised she was going to Melbourne. She remembered the State Library is one of my favourite places to visit in Melbourne, so flicked me a quick photo in a message. I go there every time I'm in town. I find the atmosphere both relaxing and stimulating. That was such a nice way to have my day punctuated with a quick glimpse at the library without even being there. The photo here was taken on my latest visit there, In August.
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@marlina (75085)
• Canada
10 Nov 15
Thanks for making me visit that library without moving out of my chair!
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
10 Nov 15
It is such a wonderful place, very inspiring. I love the view from the top.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov 15
@valmnz It's the view from above that I love too.
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
@JudyEv I could stand there for ages! Sometimes wishing I could have an excuse to be down there on the floor working in some way.
@garymarsh6 (14264)
• United Kingdom
11 Nov 15
It is nice to make someones day like this. Imagine how fantastic it is now a days to relay something instantly across so many miles rather than waiting weeks for a post card or photos after their trips!
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
Yes, it took me a moment to realise she was actually there, sending the photo from her phone.
@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Nov 15
I have a photo very similar to yours taken a couple of visits ago. That room just looks so nice. If I lived there I can imagine I'd spend quite a bit of time there.
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
I always stay in a hotel nearby when in Melbourne, so never miss an opportunity to go there.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
10 Nov 15
that is a big room!
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
10 Nov 15
Big building
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@jaboUK (54518)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov 15
That library looks very impressive, I'm not surprised you visit when you can.
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
10 Nov 15
I can spend ages just walking the perimeter and gazing down at the research room shown here.
@wetnosedogs (1554)
• United States
10 Nov 15
Libraries are awesome to visit.
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
10 Nov 15
May they never be deemed unimportant.
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@Susan2015 (21059)
• United States
10 Nov 15
That looks huge, but very nice. I can see how it would be relaxing.
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
10 Nov 15
It is an amazing place, several levels, housing many valuable historical documents. People go tree mainly to research, as you can see on the ground floor, or to enjoy the exhibits around the various floors as I do. That photo was from the highest floor the public are able to access.
@delyaj30 (615)
• Quezon City, Philippines
11 Nov 15
very nice pivture
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Nov 15
Facebook has changed its alert noise and it gives me a start every time. That is quite a library, I can see why you like it there.
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@sofssu (14449)
11 Nov 15
Beautiful building. I think I know why its your favorite.
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@just4him (120582)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Nov 15
I can see why you love the library and it's one of your favorite places to visit. It's beautiful!
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@bluesa (13580)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
11 Nov 15
Wow! What a sight that is, Val. Very grand, yes, there is a grandeur about it.
@KnehKnah (3472)
• Philippines
11 Nov 15
It's a beautiful pic of your favorite place, my dear! No wonder you like that place. Me? I haven't been to beautiful places overseas. I just see thosr in pics. But, if by chance I can go out of my dear Philippines, I want to be in San Francisco, California. For what reason? I don't know. That place just popped up in my dreamslist when I was in high school.
@Freelanzer (9407)
• Canada
11 Nov 15
As a certified nerd, it is always a pleasure to visit libraries in foreign lands
@allknowing (66779)
• India
11 Nov 15
I do not remember when it was the last time I visited a library perhaps when I was in college. Reading has never been my interest apart from a few magazines and the newspaper. I used to read but now with so much going around here I hardly find the time.