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Published: August 10th 2007
As well as lolling about on the Gold Coast I managed to squeeze a week away in Melbourne. I have been to Melbourne a number of times, so the purpose of my visit was not to “sight-see” so much as to catch up with long term friends, particularly Jan and John Martyn and Jenny and Bruce Martyn, whom I’ve stayed with a number of times. Jan and Jenny were my “tentmates” during a 9 week odyssey through Europe in 1977! We were on an infamous Contiki camping holiday and I have made a number of life-long friends from this trip.
It was a trip of a life-time. So many hilarious stories and vivid pictures come to mind. Drinking pastisse in a bar in Montmartre in Paris; dress up parties in Italy and Germany; eating snails for the first time in Spain (not France!); singing ridiculous songs until we had no voices; my first view of Firenze (Florence); dancing to Bony M and JJ Cale (what a contrast!) in a disco on Mikonos in the Greek Islands; one of my travel buddies bargaining to sell both his wife and myself to a stall holder in the great "Souk" (Market) in Istanbul;
View of the central business district skyline on a beautiful Summer's evening.
hearing someone cry out in anguish while camping in Germany “Elvis is dead!” the list goes on. It is absolutely amazing to me that it was 30 years ago! So this blog is dedicated to my Contiki Travel Buddies, may we keep in contact for yet another 30 years!
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