Queen Victoria Building
A girl called Anne
Sunbathing animals onboard Noah's Cruise
Characters from Brer Rabbit
Jack and Jill went up the hill
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
Shopping in Queen Victoria Building gives one a different experience. Unlike the ubiquitious modern malls, it transports you back to a time of old world charm. The QVB was designed by George McRae in 1898 and built by skilled craftsmen. Named in honour of Queen Victoria, it has since been restored a number of times. Its intricate arches, cast iron railings, domes and antique tiles make it a truly exquisite building.
There are four floors of shopping and my favourite is a lovely toy shop at the top called Just White - Queen Victoria's toyshop. Truly inspiring - the kind that comes to life in children's books before today's modern onslaught of kids' gadgets and gizmos, playstations and Wii. I love its Nursery Rhyme collection - Jack and Jill, Little Bow Beep, the Old Women who lived in a Shoe as well as its collection of Brer Rabbit and miniature furniture. My absolute favourite - a little mouse who snuggles up with his blanket in a little matchbox bed !