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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra January 10th 2014

Well it has been a few days since I have blogged - so what have we been doing? We went to the cinema which was a present from Mike's girls. The cinema was called Hoyts and we did the Director's cinema experience - so you are probably saying what is so special about this? Well I can tell you it is weird but in a good way, you have a private lounge and there is a bar in it and the waitress gives you a menu. Menu I think why will I want that I am only going to see a film but then the waitress asks us do we want drinks and something to eat whilst we are watching the film and do we want it at the beginning, middle or end - this is ... read more
Botanic Gardens
The View from the Skydeck
Painted Pianos

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra January 7th 2014

Hi all, I'm afraid that despite best efforts my iPad remains FULL! I can't download pics and so I am struggling to do the blog with pics. These are a few that I've taken on my phone at odd times so hope you will get a flavour. We had a mad and marvellous Christmas Day. We started as elves opening pressies, we went down to Brighton beach and swam, scorching hot day, then we took a picnic with a lots of friends down to the banks of the Yarra river overlooking Melbourne. Friends from England, Wales, Italy, Germany and the USA enjoyed a good old barbie. Brilliant Day! I did a one day tour of the Great Ocean Road. Spectacular scenery and great weather. Lots of wildlife and lots of people! We went to Geoff's 30th ... read more
At Brighton Beach
Flo, Sophie and Kerry

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra January 2nd 2014

Well we have had our last night in Sydney and had a really nice Thai meal - yes Thai meal - think I should have had a good old Ozzi meal but do you know what, I don't fancy kangaroo, ha ha. We packed our things and after a good nights sleep up we got and left our bags at the reception to get some breakkie and catch a cab to the airport. Am I sad to leave Sydney? To be honest, no I do not think so, I have been here now 3 different times for a quite a number of days on each visit. I have probably not seen half of it but do you know what I think it is time to see new places and experience things that I have not seen ... read more
Look at this house in Melbourne
One of the Lanes in Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra December 20th 2013

Hello all Apols for no recent updates. I've been, and still am, wifi starved and have now got problems loading my pics on to the iPad so I can't do a proper Blog! Such a shame, but I'm working on a solution. In the meantime a few pics that I've taken on the iPhone and a quick resume of some highlights..... - a brilliant wet, sunny, cold, hot 4 days in Tasmania - wonderful scenery, interesting history, exciting climbs in forest air walk and swinging bridges and a great Airbnb host Yvette in an historic house in Hobart - wonderful times being shown the city of Melbourne by Flo. It is mad, busy, colourful, exciting, cultural, arty,mad mad mad!! The trams are awesome and I'm even finding my way around on them. Great to meet up ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra December 7th 2013

Melbourne is totally amazing and wonderful. So so happy to be here. Just a quick few pictures before Flo and I head off for a little holiday (!!!!) in Tasmania tomorrow. Great welcome from Flo, fabulous home she has with Sophie, rain rain and more rain first day, friends and city second day. Marvellous! Tassie here we come.... read more
Welcome brunch treat - yumeeee
Rain and old old trams

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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra August 24th 2013

Hello Everyone!! We have just finished week 4 of classes and are on to week 5! Crazy! We are already 1/3 done school!!! Unfortunately that means assignments are creeping up on everyone because a ton is due leading up to our 'spring break' or 'reading week' as we Canadians call it at the end of September...yes September, it is only a week away...insane! I have 3 papers to write, a midterm (which means figuring out what the heck is going on in my pharmacology class...it is wayyyy to hard for my liking!) and a take-home test all to complete. The good news is that when it's all over, Katherine and I are off to Sydney and up the Gold Coast for a week and I won't have another assignment due until November!! Woo! This past week, ... read more
MUSEX Booze Cruise on the Yarra River
Athlete and Mathlete - Booze Cruise
View from the Rooftop Bar of Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra March 29th 2012

Our last day in Melbourne. Yarra Valley Winery Tours We met across the street from the Federation Square at 9 am for some wine tasting. Yarra Valley is about 25 minutes from the city. Unlike many of our tours, this tour was filled with many young people who were ready to drink and mingle all before lunchtime. We visited three wineries and every vineyard owner was extremely nice, fun, and full of jokes. We sipped wine with two English people, one which had recently moved to Melbourne, a Korean couple on their honeymoon, and a German girl who was in town for a wedding. After two wineries we had a delicious 3 course lunch and chatted some more. After our wine tour, we headed back to Melbourne to catch the season opener Footy game. This game ... read more
Winery Tour
Aussie Footy
St. Paul's Cathedral

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra February 6th 2012

The flight to Oz was more or less uneventful (minus the fact that I had a cold and my right ear wouldn't equalize...ended up working out). We managed to find a camera at the NZ duty free that was about $100 cheaper than it would have been back home. Despite Rene's camera biting the dust, we decided to get this type of camera again because it's supposed to be a good camera and we're still not exactly sure what happened with it. Rene also had 3 extra batteries and a North American charger that we could use when we get back home. Only glitch so far is the video standards in NZ are different than in North America so we may have to download a new codex or some video conversion software back home. Hopefully it ... read more
Melbourne
Melbourne
Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra February 6th 2012

hey everyone, so we are off to Cairn tomorrow for some much needed relaxing away from the busy city life, have been surving on the 'free food' cabient in the kitchen....you wouldnt believe how amazing a bowl of crunchy nut and some yoghurt tastes when you been eating noddles and pasta for the last week haha. we had a leaving dinner with all the lovely aussies on friday in a japanese tea house and had some yummy food. on thursday we booked our east coast trip, which includes: Fraser island, a great barrier reef cruise, a whitsundays sailing package, a dolphin feeding and motor bike ride in the sunset and a spot x surf camp haahh so we are defaintly gonna be busy for the next 6 weeks. have had some rather amusing people in the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » South Yarra October 17th 2011

Arrived in Melbourne after 20 hours in the air. The last time I was that high for that long was in 1975! Anyway, Melbourne is a fantastic city with a lot of life and character. Great cafes, restaurants, shops. They have an excellent transit system - you can get almost anywhere reasonably quickly on trains and trams via an intricate network of multi-directional routes- unlike Toronto- which gives tourists a great opportunity to visit the multitude of various neighbourhoods. Also met some really wonderful people, made some new friends, and hooked up with some relatives that I haven't seen in over 40 years. Have a look at some of the photos. From here we're moving on to Tasmania. Stay tuned for those photos as well!... read more
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