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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne January 4th 2018

This is my last blog post before taking off this evening for Texas, via Hawaii. During these last few days my main occupation (and preoccupation) has been packing and re-packing and catching up with Melbourne friends. (Pictured below are John and Joan and, finally, departure at the airport.) There have been so many phone calls and messages, I feel quite overwhelmed at such kindness. I leave Australia well-supported, but also eagerly awaiting what lies ahead and, above all, grateful for this wonderful opportunity.... read more
Helga, John and Joan.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne January 1st 2018

Happy New Years!! Wishing everyone all the best in 2018!! We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming 2018 from Melbourne. Although, Sydney is better known for their fireworks, Melbourne also puts on a very impressive display. They launch the fireworks off their tallest skyscrapers thru out the city, I think they said 22 different places. So, once they start, it is like a 360 degree fireworks in the round show. In every direction there were fireworks going off. It was pretty impressive!! And a great way to bring in 2018! So, I thought I would post some pictures since we left Sydney. We leave Sydney on Boxing Day, and at the last minute decide to go check out the Sydney to Hobart race. The ferrys are full, so we follow everyone else and hop on the bus to take ... read more
Celebrating the fireworks!
Start of the Sydney to Hobart race
Random breathalizer test

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » St Kilda December 11th 2017

We arrived into Victoria slightly ahead of schedule. In true Mau and Donal style, we forewent the opportunity to have a lazy day and decided instead to squeeze in a visit to the Grampians National Park. What's another 360km at this stage! The Grampians turned out to be one of the most beautiful places we have visited with lots of hiking opportunities and breathtaking panoramic views! Sunset from Mount William (the highest peak at 1,167m) was a definite highlight, helped by the fact that we got to share the evening with just one other couple (and a bottle of red). Note: Donal was the designated driver so no prizes for guessing who enjoyed sunset more!! Our second highlight was an early morning hike up Mount Abrupt the next day as it provided the best views of ... read more
The aptly named Mount Abrupt looms in the distance!
A classic old style tram in Melbourne!
The famous beach boxes at Brighton Beach, Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 17th 2017

Day 16 (11/11/2017) Woke up around 9AM to bacon & eggs for breakfast. Started packing the annexe away before the forecasted rain & gave the caravan a bit of a scrub. Had to spray the annexe due to bloody earwigs in every tiny little corner. Stopped just before 11AM for some quiet reflection for Remembrance Day. Got ourselves partially packed up so that there was little left to do in the morning for the final trip home. Day 17 (12/11/2017) Left Omeo at 9:25AM. Got stuck behind some idiot towing a caravan with no caravan mirrors, doing 40 in an 80 zone & 60 in a 100 zone. Despite moving across to show him we wanted to pass several times, this buffoon was completely ignorant & made no attempt to let anyone pass. When we got ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 10th 2017

Boring day today. Just a drive from Alfredton to Melbourne to hand the car back and catch the overnight ferry to Tassie. With complimentary chips from the bar staff over a bit of confusion over me taking our drinks outside, lol. The ferry is highly recommended by me as a slow way to Tasmani. We had an outside porthole 2 bed cabin. Ample space, clean and tidy. Food on board was excellent and goos self service so it was like a sort of a buffet. Slept like a lot and woke up at 0500 for a 0550 disembark.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 9th 2017

Ferdy is not much interested in big cities. Can Melbourne, with a population of 4 million plus, be an exception? Certainly the impressive skyscrapers, highway architecture, interesting cityscapes and shopping arcades all try hard to make it impressive. The use of trams cause it to have less downtown car traffic than Ottawa. And, this being Melbourne Cup Day, a Victoria State holiday, creates a level of excitement. Many folk dress up in period dresses, tuxedos and hats, and many will end up drunk and unruly by the end of the day. Seeing a friendly demonstration to celebrate the 8-hour work day initiated here in 1856, and chatting with some of the participants, was cool. Cool, very cool indeed, was the weather, unseasonably cold (about 14C) and rain for Melbourne, good thing we actually brought our rain ... read more
Parliament Building
Free tram loop
Downtown Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 8th 2017

Erwin with Amelie and Miro take us today to explore the Mornington Peninsula. The 1960's musical group The Seekers are from this area and my guess is that their song Morningtown Ride was named after the area. Heronswood is a beautiful location on the side of the hill overlooking the Port Phillip Bay. Gorgeous gardens and a well maintained old building where we stop for coffee and ginger beer. Arthur’s Seat is a mountain that presents some great views of the Bay. We sampled some very nice wines at the Montalto Vineyard and local beer at the Red Hill Brewery, as well as some tasty pulled pork, lamb and beef. We got some exercise also. Hikes on the Cape Schanck Track (trail) and to Point Nepean at The Rip, the very narrow and treacherous mouth to ... read more
Heronswood
Arthur’s Seat
Montalto Vineyard

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 5th 2017

A good nights kip had by both, 10 hrs! After breakfast we went on the train to Melbourn. We went to the shrine of remembrance and were just in time for a 10 minute service. One of the shrine old guard, a regimental colonel and 2 school girls with a wreath marched up to the shrines inner sanctum where the service was held. Good drills by David the old guard who was dressed in the uniform of the light horse. We then walked along St Kilda Ave back to Flinders Street stataion. We went on a walking tour that was out of a magazine. Total pants. It’s on a map so I can tell others not to do it. No real sights of interest just shops but I suppose it was exercise. Although it was sunny ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Essendon October 10th 2017

We get on our flight home. The elderly Indian man sitting across the aisle from us seems to be a bit deaf. The flight attendants keep telling him that he needs to put his seatbelt on. He seems to hear the word ‘belt’ alright, because he keeps pointing to the belt that is holding up his pants. He assures everyone that it is done up securely. His wife eventually intervenes and we are able to take off. There are signs at Melbourne Airport saying that Border Security is being filmed, and if we don’t want to appear in an episode we need to tell someone. I wonder why the people who get caught importing chicken feet and live snakes don’t tell someone that they don’t want to appear in an episode. Then again I think that ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne September 17th 2017

I pulled a bit of a swifty by starting this year’s European adventure a day early. The Princess (accompanied by Austin) was always ready to get me to the airport (even though I had to be there by 3am for a 5am take off). My remedy for such an ungodly start time was to stay at the Parkroyal at Melbourne Airport the night before. As always, Parkroyal’s beds, linen and pillows feel like sleeping on a cloud. My grandson is now well and truly a toddler, and as such is not really designed for stylish hotel rooms. We found that the glass top on two of the three glass topped tables easily moved, (the coffee table had nothing holding the glass in place what so ever. This was lifted off the table and placed under the ... read more
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