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Mar 30, 2015 - Melbourne - Day 2

Melbourne - Day 2 FOBTs, This is an early update, way too early since it's only about 0530 here. I awakened, hopefully only for a short time, thinking I forgot to add something about my drive from Adelaide to Melbourne. The first and last parts of the journey were on motorways, or divided multi-lane highways. However, most of the trip was on two lane roads. Therefore, I got the opportunity to not only drive on the left side of the road, but to also pass people on the smaller roads. In fact, if I had not passed a fair number of those people,...

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Mar 29, 2015 - Melbourne - Day 1

FOBTs, This was Day 1 in Melbourne. Before I begin my diatribe...ah, description, I must relate that I almost had to go to the hospital this morning. Why you ask? Because I was so congratulating myself for driving so well yesterday by patting my back that I almost dislocated my shoulder. Okay, I am kidding about the potential medical problem but not about the driving. I spent almost 18 hours driving yesterday, and topped it off by coming into Melbourne's theater and casino district with absolute mobs of people and traffic. Nonetheless, I...

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Mar 28, 2015 - Melbourne - Great Ocean Road

FOBTs, Today's sermon is about that in which you believe. I believed that my adventure of today would involve me traversing the Great Ocean Road between Adelaide and Melbourne. So, off I went in my rental car at 0630 (6:30 AM). I knew it was a long way between the two cities, and I certainly did not believe all of it would be along some spectacular water views, and I was partially correct. The first 9.5 hours I never even saw water. Rather, I did see a lot of variety in the topography of South Australia, mainly flat plains interspersed with...

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Mar 20, 2015 - Melbourne

Frid.20th March 2015 Weather: - Sunny/18Degrees Melbourne 8:00---->18:00 Just letting you know we did get off the boat in Melbourne—we went right to the end of the pier then turned around and got on board again....Tut, Tut I guess we are what is called ‘a lazy tourist’ The piles that you can see in some of the photos give Herman and I strong memories of when we were in Melbourne for the first time in our lives--- Herman in September 1952 and I in January 1954, they are the remains of a very long jetty where our migrant ship the 'Johann van...

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Mar 18, 2015 - Sydney to Melbourne

Wed, 18th March 2015 Weather: - Rain/Sunshine/26Degrees 1:00am Depart Sydney—at Sea Our first night in our new cabin worked out OK, no anxiety on my part but I do miss an open window/door but that is my problem and it will certainly not put a cloud on this adventure. I will make photos of this cabin after our attendant tidies up as we have had an afternoon nap and I have also been in the whirlpool spa bubbling away, our tiredness that we have been feeling of late has finally left us so look out fellow passengers, we are ready to Party!! We...

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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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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 - 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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