Note to self: If you go to the National Gallery of Victoria on a cold, wet, windy Sunday afternoon when there’s a major international exhibition — The Impressionists — showing, expect to encounter large crowds!

Was it only half an hour that we had to spend in queueing for the tickets, zigzagging back and forth through the barriers to eventually get to the counter?

Twenty dollars entry fee; no video cameras or still cameras allowed — OK. No sketching allowed — what? No note-taking allowed — incroyable! Seems that the gallery isn’t interested in showing the art or letting artists do what artists have done for centuries — take notes and copy the masters. I got the feeling they’d be infinitely more happy if we just queued up, paid $20 and then went home without even looking at the paintings!