Blogs from St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda October 18th 2018

First time here and I knew nothing about Melbourne ....luck would have it that my Home exchange host had given me her apartment on St Kilda Road with views of the Shrine of Remembrance and the Botanic Gardens. That was a winner ! Great public transport with trams and buses and light trains going everywhere and it was Seniors Week so when I took a train I didn’t have to pay ! But it was walking distance to Flinders Street Station where the rich and famous have apparently always said “ meet me under the clocks” which is where I met Teresa , an old friend from MerryWidows days in London and we set out to wander the lanes and fashionable streets of the CBD. I was surprised to see so many green spaces- the parks ... read more
Federation Place - Shapes
Shrine of Remembrance

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda March 19th 2018

A little more travel preparation in the morning picking up bus tickets for the next couple of days then it was off wandering down to St Kilda.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 22nd 2018

22/2/18 Today we deliberately set out to have an easy day. We got up and had a leisurely breakfast an decided to walk down to Acland Street in St. Kilda. We went via the beachfront and noticed that the sea was flat calm and the beach was almost deserted The C. O. always on the lookout for kit improvement, decide that she should check all the boutique type shops along Acland Street. She diligently worked her way up and down the street. I did not object as Acland Street has thoughtfully provided many seating areas for shopping exiles. I was happy to watch the world go by and I noticed that there appeared to be a lot of cruise passengers who were stickered or labelled strolling down the street. It probably means the cruise ships run ... read more
St. Kilda
St. Kilda
St. Kilda

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 19th 2018

18/2/18 Express Delivery We left our hotel in Hobart at 8:30 hours arrived in the apartment in St. Kilda (Melbourne) at 12:30 courtesy of Uber and Jetstar transportation even though we had to take a longer route to the airport as the main bridge, out of Hobart, was closed to traffic for a fun run. Chilled out in afternoon after unpacking kit from pods. Charlotte and Ollie getting ready for work so tried to keep out of way. Caught up on blogs. I have worked out that the best way to keep cool in the Australian summer is to go to Tasmania. 19/2/18 Bucket List We are conscious that we only have one full week of our deployment left and still a lot of activities to try and fit in. C. O. has ordered a route ... read more
Bucket List

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 5th 2018

5/2/18 Decided to go to a shopping outlet (DFO) to try and get me a suitable jumper for our trip to Tassie. It was a poignant moment to see the C.O.'s eyes light up. Following instructions, we trammed into the city. When we got off, we were in the middle of a building site and absolutely lost. Not even the city map appeared to help. We espied a gang of tram drivers coming off shift and asked them how we could get to the DFO. They were very helpful and gave us explicit instructions on how to navigate to building site. It worked!!. I was very glad of the C.O.'s extensive shopping experience. I was a fish out of water. Got a Tassie jumper and went for lunch on the South bank of the Yarra river. ... read more
Melbourne South Bank
St. Kilda Pier

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 4th 2018

4/2/18 The C.O. enthusiastically supported the suggestion of a visit to the Sunday market at South Melbourne. So we boarded the tram and tapped on with our Wykie cards to pay for the ride. A Wykie card is a prepayment contact card used to pay for your journey. The card only has to be tapped on a small screen at the start of your journey as all the journeys are the same price. The screen tells you that it has been successful and also your cash balance left on the card. It sounds a bit complicated but works very well. We alighted the tram at South Melbourne and went into the market the which is very big and sells a wide variety of products which are bought by the locals. It is very well supported and ... read more
Albert Park
Brighton, Victoria
Brighton, Victoria

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 2nd 2018

2/2/18 Charlotte has a day's holiday today. She works in the public service sector (Melbourne Fire Service) and can accumulate an extra day of holiday a month if she works an extra 20 mins a day. A good scheme! The weather today is sunny and warm (23 degrees) with a breeze. Perfect weather for sightseeing. Under Charlotte's supervision we boarded a tram and alighted at the Shrine of Rememberance. This is a very impressive building set in gardens. There is a lot of symbolism in the architecture which is designed to remember the dead service people in the two world wars. The Ausies regard remembering the service people as very important and are very reverent. There were a lot of tourists at the shrine many of them of Asian origins and I wondered how they regarded ... read more
Botanical Gardens
Shrine of Rememberance
Shrine of Rememberance

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda February 1st 2018

Weather today is sunny and warmer but still windy. C.O. ordered another attack on the walk that was abandoned yesterday. She is a determined commander - not to be denied. We again marched to the shore at St. Kilda and went past the Royal Melbourne Yatch Squadron (impressive title or what!). We went along the sure making good use of the boardwalk terrain. We then advanced along the pier to the end and made observations on the penguin,s base of operations in readiness for advancing on them at a future sunset. The next objective was St. Kinda Botanical Garden which turned out to be a very pleasant sizeable park. In the middle of the park we happened across a fashion photoshoot. I remarked to the star that she looked stunningly beautiful. The C. O. did not ... read more
St Kilda
St Kilda

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda January 31st 2018

First day in Melbourne - well St. Kinda really Which is a suburb of Melbourne. It feels cold and is windy. The C.O. ordered a reconnoiter to the beach area. We had a recommended walk in a guide book of the area and we intended to complete it to get our bearings. We set out dressed in jumpers and anoraks. We established a beachhead at St Kilda's shoreline. The wind strengthened and it started to rain. The C. O. agreed to consolidate our position in the beachfront cafe. The wind got even worse. The palm tree trunks were bending in the wind. Cyclists and joggers were not making much progress into the wind and flashed past with the wind behind them. During a lull, the C.O. ordered a tactical retreat back to the safety of the ... read more
View from balcony (taken 1/2/18)
From balcony ( taken 1/2/18 )

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda January 30th 2018

Leaving for Melbourne later today. The pods are all packed and the luggage train has been left in the capable hands of the hotel concierge. We strolled off to our favourite cafe for breakfast. We then made the short walk to the Te Papa museum for another look. The C. O. believes that she may have missed a retail opportunity. There is an awful lot of very good geological and earthquake information but the highlight of our return trip was a simulated earthquake in a house. Very realistic and caused the C. O. to utter an expletive. I adjourned to another part of the museum dealing with the migration of the South Pacific Islanders to N. Z. The C. O. found the shop and could not be moved. I still do not fully understand why the ... read more

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