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Jul 13, 2017 - I like Melbourne

If someone picked me up and dropped me in the Southern Hemisphere, I could definitely live in Melbourne. The city feels very much like Chicago in the spring and fall - oriented around a river, lots of buzz/activity, substantial urban center, a plethora of restaurants and coffee shops, etc. Granted, it never gets as cold as Chicago in the dead of their winter, but the vibe and the friendliness are incredibly comparable to what you might experience in that particular mid-western city. Only drawback if I had to have one (and this is more for...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Tennis anyone?

This one is going to a be long one as Melbourne is a really cool city so settle in or skip to tomorrow.... So the day started off a bit rocky as I forgot that our first excursion had been rescheduled from 9 am to noon. Given that we went to bed at 12:30 am and woke up at 7:00 am, I wasn't necessarily the most popular person when I dropped the news on Shea and the kids. Nonetheless, we made the most of it and went on a scouting trip with Helen and Yates to Chinatown so they could look for F-Oakleys, F-ifeproof iPhone cases, and other...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Melbourne

So before I share a bit about our first full day in Melbourne (which is great by the way), I thought I would rewind the clock a bit and cover the travel experience from Nadi to Melbourne. While the prior post spoke of all the positives of the airport in Nadi, the flight to MEL on Air Fiji may have been one of the most painful I've EVER taken (as you know, I've had my fair share of travel experiences over the years) - think 5.5 hours, center seat, hot plane, no TVs in the seat backs, audio/video on the cabin TVs broken, no WIFI, kids'...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Melbourne

25 June - Melbourne We left Balllarat early as we needed to get to Melbourne ready for Ruth's cousin, Olive, birthday party. An easy run into Melbourne, we found Janet and John's house that they kindly offered the use of while they were away in the warm up north. We unpacked the car and the trailer (had to erect the tent in the street to get to all the stuff inside the trailer!) and piled it into the house. Closed down the trailer, grabbed a quick shower, met cousin Miles and drove out to the party at William's house. A great party, met...

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Oz and the Big Lap

May 21, 2017 - 21st May, 2017. Melbourne (Seddon)

21/5/2017. Melbourne (Seddon) Tony and Tam invited Sue and Bob to dinner tonight, and Tam is doing the cooking with Tony's help. Tam and I went to Footscray where we went to a Vietnamese grocer and bought ingredients for tonight's dinner, and I also bought some spices and beef cubes which I will take home. They are for a delicious Vietnamese Beef Stew which Tam's father cooks and I have made a couple of times, and everyone we've shared it with, love it. We then went to the fruit and veg shop and bought herbs and fresh vegs for tonight, a...

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May 20, 2017 - 20th May, 2017. Melbourne (Seddon)

20/5/2017. Melbourne (Seddon) Tam had a hair appointment, so we dropped her off and continued on to the South Melbourne Markets, where Tony and Tam like to do their meat and fruit and veg shopping at the weekend. There are also a few stalls selling shoes, clothes, kitchen goods, tableware, Asian spices, flowers and bakery items, along with the odd coffee shop or two. We enjoy going there to look at the beautiful produce, and the prices and quality of food are very good compared to home. A few years ago, Tam showed Ian the best place to buy...

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May 19, 2017 - 19th May, 2017. Melbourne (Seddon)

9/5/2017. Melbourne (Seddon) Today we said goodbye to Sue and Bob and moved on to stay with Tony and Tam. We've had a lovely couple of days, and now look forward to catching up with our son and fiancée. We had to travel from one side of Melbourne to the other, but using the ring road made it easy - but I was only the passenger, so it's all easy to me! Tony and Tam were at work, so we let ourselves into the house and by the time we'd unloaded and sorted ourselves out in 'our' bedroom, I only had time to iron half a dozen shirts for Tony...

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May 18, 2017 - 18th May, 2017. Melbourne (Wollert)

18/5/2017. Melbourne (Wollert) A lovely warm night - we even had to stick our feet out of the doona. We had a leisurely breakfast, went for a walk around this village which is fully sold except for 4 one bedroom homes, all did our 'daily challenges' and then it was time to go for a drive. We went to a suburb called Doreen where we bought fish and chips and then went on to Yan Yean Reservoir, where we sat in the sun overlooking the water and enjoyed the nicest fish and chips we've had for a long time. The sky was blue, and hardly a breath...

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May 17, 2017 - 17th May, 2017. Daylesford to Wollert, Melbourne

17/5/2017. Daylesford to Melbourne Bob's Birthday. A warmish night and even the morning was not as cold as it has been. No bright sun this morning. We did our few chores and then started on our trip to Melbourne, only 114km. We left the caravan at Daylesford as there are spare beds in warm homes waiting for us in Melbourne. We took our time and had lunch at Gisborne. The scenery was outstanding, and we crested a hill just out of Gisborne and it was like we were on top of the world, overlooking the tree tops. Lots of autumn colours, mostly...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Two days to go

Not knowing if I have packed the right clothes- warm in LA, cool in SLC and even cooler in Chicago and NY. But the bags are heavy, and I still have not put in my shoes - which shoes, sneakers, casuals, sandals and going out shoes. Oh just too many. And what about another sweater? No , one is enough, and an old jacket so when I leave NY I can also leave the jacket!

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USA 2017

Apr 12, 2017 - April 12, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

April 12, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia We thought we’d get an early start this morning, but when we arrived in the Terrace at 7:15 a.m., there was not a seat to be had. So, we waited until about 7:50 and went back up. By then there was a place to sit. After breakfast, we topped up the tram card at the office in the terminal. Then, we took off for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Garden. While we were waiting for the tram, we saw a mynah bird and the most colorful birds which we’ve seen on this trip. Patsy will tell...

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Apr 11, 2017 - April 11, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

April 11, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Today proved to be a big disappointment. Because of the bad weather last night, we were late getting into Melbourne. Instead of getting here at 1 p.m., we didn’t arrive until 4 p.m. This meant that the trip to see the fairy penguins, which was to be one of the highlights of this trip, had to be cancelled. We would not be able to get there before they paraded in from the sea. So, instead of going to Phillips Island, we took the tram into Melbourne. We went to the Eureka Skydeck which is 88...

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