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March 16th 2010
Published: April 19th 2010
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Luna Park in St-Kilda. It's an amusement park that was only open for one night....
After a flight that felt like forever (23 hours to be exact!), I arrive in Melbourne. I meet up with Greg in Abu Dhabi and we were on the same flight to Australia for a week of tranquility and relaxation before Greg's hectic week. We arrived Tuesday evening. It was a beautiful evening so we decided to go for a bite on the beach. We were lucky to have nice weather for the 2 weeks. It only rained on qualifying day for a little bit and now and again on race day. The first week was very nice, we didn't do much other than some site seeing near by - more like visiting shopping precincts. Although we didn't do much buying because everything was just too expensive. To put it in perspective, I bought a sicilian cannoli and a little strawberry tartlette for 9$!!!! You could get a dozen cannolis in Montreal for that price! Speaking of Montreal, I never really believe Greg when he would say that Melbourne is exactly like Montreal but it is - just on a much bigger scale! It was great walking on the streets passing Little Italy and seeing old men in the bars/cafes watching
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The front of a shop.
the world go by and listeming to people speak italian. Grabbing a bite in Chinatown (no peanut butter dumplings though!), having some souvlakis on Greek street. It was just like being home -only with out the family and friends 😞
Our second week was ok. I got to venture out trying to taken as much as I can on my own. It was a tough week for Greg again. Although he didn't have 45 hour shifts, there were lates nights. Good thing Sue (Bernie's secretary) was free so we went out and had a few drinks ( can you believe a bloody ceasar was $14!!!). Things were looking ok for the race - never would we have imagined to come in second! And to think I wasn't even going to go to the race. Greg wasn't able to get me a ticket so I wasn't going to go but on race day, I walked by the information centre where they were selling the tickets. I went in to see how much a ticket cost - thank good I had my student id, I got a student rate: $68. Once I got to Albert Park, Greg sent someone to get me
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The beach!!!!! It was absolutely lovely and not crowded. maybe because it was the end of summer for them?
at the grand stand entrance. I managed to watch the race from the motor home with some guests ( the owner of T.W. Steel watches and some olympic swimmer). I think I lost 5lbs watching the last 12 laps of the race! And when it was over, we all ran to the podium to watch the drivers get their trophies - and get showered with champagne!!! Despite the great finish - no celebrating for the guys - they had to strip the car and dismantle the garage 😞
Hope you enjoy my pictures (unfortunately some of them did not come out too good because the camera is playing up...)!


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Greg enjoying the sun
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The beach ( sorry, camera playing up on me, time to get a new one I think....)
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more of the beach
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Southbank
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Greg on Flinders Street by the Southbank
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the city line from the Southbank
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The train station
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A tired greg taking a well deserved rest...
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More of the Southbank
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more of the city line from the Southbank
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The train station from Flinder's Street
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A quarcky little arcade with some shops.
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Parliament building
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more of the parliament building
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An art museum in Federation Square
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The front of the train station
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Some guy playing the bagpipes infront of the train station - you would have thought he would put a little more effert if he's asking for money: i.e. wear a kilt?!?!
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St-Paul's Cathedral across Federation Square


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