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Mar 5, 2016 - Preparations have commenced

Good Evening Europe! This is a message from the Eee-Vee-You, wishing you an ah-may-zing Eurovision 2016. Hello, Gavin here, sending out our first official journal blog entry for our trans Scandinavian/Eurovision 2016 trip. Only 22 days to go with some things still to organise. For example, we haven't done our first test suitcase pack yet!! The pressure's on for sure now. We are, time permitting, as with previous trips, going to write a travel blog adding in all sorts of fun photos and stories of our journey around the nordic region, from...

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Mar 4, 2016 - Finally arrived safely in Melbourne

We had quite an early morning start from our overnight stop in Port Campbell to try to get to Melbourne before the worst of the Friday traffic as we had to drive through the centre. This meant we reached the 12 Apostles before 9 am and because there was no wind and the air was quite cool there was a haze over the sea which gave the scene a very moody feel.

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Jan 31, 2016 - Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur/Melbourne

To wrap up Bangkok – unfortunately. First up, a leaving breakfast thrown by the exercise class in the park. By previous arrangement all the women provided a dish, mats were laid out on the path and a huge feast ensued. How absolutely wonderful that they would even consider doing this for us. Must admit being made a fuss of is very addictive. We totally realise it’s because we’re different that all this attention is paid to us, but nonetheless, very flattering. Next is the bus stop man. He is apparently homeless as he’s very dishevelled and...

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Jan 20, 2016 - From Singapore to Melbourne

Arrived in Melbourne very early Mon am tired and unable to get into apartment till 3pm!!Entirley my fault as I booked it. Not good start but anyway managed to find left luggage locker and stored bags and set off to find things to do for the day.Found Federation Sq where it all happens evidently and the tourist office. Melbourne really gets into its tennis as there are screens up everywhere, rather like at home when its the world cup. Shame we can't do the same but trouble is they really favour screening their ozzy players, quite rightly but...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Melbourne

We arrived in Melbourne a bit later than planned after a small flight delay. It was really really muggy when we got there ..quite a shock from the temperature in NZ. The pilot cheerfully announced that the temp had DROPPED to 41 degrees! We found, or rather dripped, our way to the hotel, which was a lovely place with air con, very central and joy of joys, it had a bath ..heaven! Picked up a takeaway and spoke to our nephew David whom we were meeting in Melbourne.. Day 1 was amazing ...we met up with David (after a year!) in Federation...

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Dec 15, 2015 - Melbourne Day 2

Yesterday we visited the Botanical Gardens and the WW I Shrine of Remembrance. Good lunch at a Frence cafe, and some shopping downtown. Downtown was packed! Dinner in a little Italian cafe, along a cozy area of outdoor restaurants, away from the downtown area. We're flying to Perth this morning, to meet Darryl and Corinn. Will wander down the coast of Western AU with them; not sure what wi-fi access will be like.

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Dec 14, 2015 - Melbourne Day 1

Hi there! Today we traveled via the Melbourne city tram to St. Kilda's Beach, on the outskirts of the city. Weather is sunny and beautiful. We are eating well, but the food is kind of pricey. AU $ exchange rates (.72 % of US $) work in our favor, however :-)

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Nov 27, 2015 - Melbourne

I got back to my planning this morning & after several hours of research have now booked & confirmed pet-friendly caravan sites for the next 7 weeks. It’s taken me all morning but now I’m set until the middle of January. Went to David’s house & admired all their recent renovations then went to the Bayswater Hotel for dinner with David, Kim & the boys.

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Nov 27, 2015 - Melbourne

Brilliant day in Melbourne: Botanic gardens, Remembrance shrine, MCG, Myers Christmas experience and dinner at the Night Noodle Market on the river. A winery day with Jonny and Lias- Foxes Hangout fab food and sparkling Shiraz- we will be coming back for a long weekend! Beach cricket was good too and when in true sporting spirit Theo lost a ball to the waves he instantly stripped off and flung himself in. As we took his photo we spotted his narrow escape in the distance!

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Our Year Out

Nov 26, 2015 - Melbourne

I was looking forward to a sleep-in after my late night but was woken before 6:00am by a very excited little cat jumping all over me from one window to another. He kept poking his head through the venetians & I finally found there was a little rabbit on the road outside. Alexander didn’t know what it was but he definitely knew it was different. Finally the rabbit went home & we settled down for a bit longer. Still more cleaning up after last night’s storm & then it was time to go to Sue’s for lunch which, as always, consisted of good food,...

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Nov 25, 2015 - Melbourne

I spent the whole morning researching on the Internet pet-friendly caravan parks available over the Christmas & school holiday period & just when I needed to quit to have lunch & get ready to go to cousin Maureen’s, my next-door neighbours in the caravan park asked me to drive them to pick up their car which was in Bundoora. I had to help them out but it took nearly an hour & made me incredibly late to Maureen’s because of course, I then got stuck in the horrible Melbourne traffic. I called her & she was very understanding but it meant we...

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Nov 25, 2015 - Mornington Peninsula

We have been exploring the Mornington Peninsula. Nepean Point is at the very end and we had a day finding out about the Quarantine Station there (400 Kosovars were held as refugees there in the 90s) and Nepean Fort where the first shot from the Commonwealth was fired in WW1- Izzy is writing a story about it. The Australians are very good at making these places special with lots of information displays and even audio reinactments which can be quite scary as they start suddenly in remote areas! The photo of the NP shows the narrowest point on...

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Our Year Out

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