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Feb 15, 2015 - Melbourne, Victoria

Way back in July 2014 while we were in Cairns, Queensland, our next door neighbors in the caravan park were Jenni and Trevor, a couple from Melbourne. We had some nice conversations with them, and they invited us to contact them when we got to Melbourne. After our pleasant trip back to Melbourne from Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania II, we did just that. These lovely people gave us a whole day of their time to pick us up at our caravan park and show us the Mornington Peninsula that extends some 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of the...

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Dec 23, 2014 - Melbourne to Launceston

Day 3 - Travel to Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania. We had an early morning Start, up at 5:30am to catch the Spirit of Tasmania from Port Melbourne to Devonport. We arrived at the port and the process to board was very simple and efficient. Once on board we found our recliner chairs, next job, coffee. Not a good start with our first coffee, but not prepared to take this laying down we search for a better coffee and found a bar which made a reasonable coffee, the day was saved. Time to lay back and enjoy the journey. 9 hours later we made...

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Tasmania 2014

Dec 21, 2014 - Orange to Melbourne

Saturday the 20th December we left Orange and travelled to Melbourne. Stopped at a great café in Wagga Wagga for lunch. Great food and coffee. http://www.theblessedbean.com.au/ If in Wagga Wagga recommend you check this place out. Sunday the 21st we got an early start to the day and checked out the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne before heading to the city and Bourke Street Mall. Afternoon we went to St Kilda were our accommodation was at the Novatel right on the beach. Had a cool Ale down by the pier before dinner. We had dinner at...

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Tasmania 2014

Dec 19, 2014 - Finally in Melbourne

Leisurely start to the day - last out of the caravan park. Quick look around the town - right on the Murray. The tents and vans on the bank of the river made the tent city on the Burdekin at Easter look quiet. Talk about the place to be...apparently. Steady drive through Shepparton onto the Motorway (2 lanes all the way to Melbourne). Stopped off for a break at Ngambie to see the statue of Black Caviar before the final drive into Melbounre. Well actually more like around Melbourne on the motoways until we got to our caravan park. Spent the...

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Dec 15, 2014 - At Sea headed to Melbourne

We are out at sea all day today. This ship is on its last voygage before they sell it. That will be a good thing:)It is a big like a floating tug boat that hasn't been kept up/ BUT --still a fine trip I'm sure. Yesterday there was a big police event that stopped trains in Sydney, blocked off large sections of the central business district, etc. Hostages taken by a gun man and rumors that it was related to ISIS. The ship allowed travelers to board quite early to get them off the pier and safe. We haven't heard the resolutioln of the crisis...

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Dec 8, 2014 - Totally cool Melbourne

Totally cool Melbourne is totally underrated. While Sydney is the refined, elegant older sister, Melbourne is the cool, rebellious, younger sister sporting piercings and tattoos. Known for its graffitied lanes and colorful bold architecture, Melbourne truly shows the melting pot that is Australia. Approaching downtown via one of the main streets named after queens (Elizabeth from the north, and later Victoria from the west), we knew we were in for something special. Elizabeth street revealed shops from all over the middle east while...

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Nov 1, 2014 - Pre planning

On 27 Oct 2014, booked the following flights; Sun 18 Jan 2015 JQ35 Jetstar Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight Duration: 6hr 0min Seat 52A Melbourne - Tullamarine Sun 18 Jan 2015 1855 hr / 6:55 pm Melbourne Airport - T2 International Denpasar Sun 18 Jan 2015 2155 hr / 9:55 pm Denpasar, Bali -Ngurah Rai Airport Payment of $95.50 AUD received No checked baggage On 29 Oct 2014, booked the following flight Sat 14 Feb 2015 3K206 Jetstar Asia Airbus A320 Flight Duration: 1hr 45min Jakarta Sat 14 Feb 2015 2200 hr / 10:00 pm Soekarno-Hatta International...

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Steve's Travels

Nov 1, 2014 - Were Home

Hello Again, Well after a 13.5 hour flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane and then a 2.5 hour flight to Melbourne, we are finally home to see our families and give out our gifts. The flight from LA was good as the cabin crew moved us around a little so that we all had spare seats next to us in order to get a little extra sleeping room and it must have worked as all three of us enjoyed at least 8-10 hours sleep, only waking up in time to enjoy breakfast. After touching down in Brisbane it took us forever to get through customs and check in for...

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Oct 22, 2014 - Melbourne/Kuala Lumpur/Ao Nang

Same Same……first night Kuala Lumpur, galloped to the Rat Restaurant (aka Lai Foong) – must clarify the rats aren’t on the menu, they’re residents! – sipping a cold Tiger under the slowly turning fan felt we’d never left. Same sticky heat with afternoon downpour, same pungent smells, same smiling faces. Different hotel however as we’ve gone upmarket somewhat. Pacific Regency at Central Market, swimming pool, gym, a refurbished building only 4 months old and the staff are falling over themselves to help. Small room but very clean and we have...

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Short and Sweet

Sep 12, 2014 - Why Canada Eh?

I was towards the end of my degree and a study tour seemed like a good idea at that time! I sometimes think why I chose Canada over many other exciting destinations across Europe? But then the only option during the mid year semester was Canada- so here we go! But I was stuck in a dilemma- first day of class, I don’t know anyone and I don’t know anything about Canada! During the introductory sessions, I came to know so many things about Canada that I was unaware of and now I was even more intrigued for the study tour! I was under the...

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Canada 2014

Sep 4, 2014 - Leave Melbourne

Sat next to a young Chinese aeronautical engineer (Bill would have been very happy) who's flying to St Petersburg to present his phd paper at an international conference. His English was excellent and we spent most of the flight talking about Russian history and art - a very interesting chat!

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Spanish Adventure

Sep 2, 2014 - Melbourne

Jack and I caught the train into Melbourne for the day. The weather was not the best - cold and rainy. The city has beautiful old buildings but frequently new buildings of completely different character have been built almost on top of them. Eg- the ugly grey modern buildings in fed square, next to beautiful St. Paul's cathedral. But we had a good time shopping and the food was great!!

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