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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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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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Apr 3, 2017 - April 3, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

April 3, 2017 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia When we came back from breakfast this morning, the cabin crew had put balloons in our cabin and had a card wishing Patsy a Happy Birthday. Our tour today was 7 hours, and we had debated if we really wanted to do it. We are glad that we went ahead because it turned out to be one of the best tours we’ve done. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained a lot of the history of the area as well as talked about the animals. The 1st park which we visited was the You Yangs Park. While it looked...

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Apr 2, 2017 - From Russia With Love

Well folks, she is on the move again. This has been a stop start trip for the last couple of months. Initially the trip was going to be Russia, Scandanavia, England/Scotland, Ireland but things changed and sister in law Maureen wasn't ready to go this time of year and John is unable to travel at present. Daughter Eloise and our pseudo daughter Vanessa then took up the baton and decided to make the trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow and of course, John wanted me to go along when there was an opportunity to go with someone so I invited myself...

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Mar 28, 2017 - One day to go

Hello Dear Readers, It's that time again. Maree and I are off tomorrow morning on our trip to the Americas. First stop will be in LA where we will somehow manage to arrive on Wednesday nearly four hours before we leave. Such are the vagaries of the International Date Line. It seems that we will have the pleasure of two Wednesdays. We leave Melbourne at 10.15 am and arrive in Los Angeles at 6.45 am also on Wednesday. We will try to keep you up to date with our trip - photos and descriptions. Happy reading, Jack & Maree

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Mar 12, 2017 - Party time

Next stop Melbourne. Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria. It is Australia's second largest city and a population of more than 4.5 million. Melbourne was founded 50 years after Sydney but unlike Sydney which had been built with the blood and sweat of Britain's outcasts, Melbourne's streets never echoed with the clank of chains and shackles. The new colony was built on the banks of the Yarra River by free settlers keen to establish a prosperous life for themselves. It is a green and welcoming city. It is famous as being home to...

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Mar 7, 2017 - Melbourne to the Barossa Valley

After a 3 1/2 hour flight and two time zones we arrived in Melbourne airport. Although we were the first to get off the plane, we encountered huge snaking lineups for immigration. When we updated our passports in 2013 the new electronic ones were not available. This resulted in our being in the "other" category in a line along with 600 others - not a good system. By the time we got our rental car we had nearly eaten up our 2 hour time zone advantage. Our destination was Warrnambool on the Great Ocean highway. The weather was cool and windy,...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Melbourne

We arrived in Melbourne in light showers and found the downtown location to pick up our apartment keys for our three day stay. Our Garmin GPS is working well after finding it used on EBay loaded with Aussie, Kiwi, N. America plus Europe maps!! Our one bedroom apartment was in St. Kilda, an upscale area three blocks from the ocean. It had a fully equipped kitchen and washer/dryer allowing us to catch up. Friends we had met on the cruise booked in an adjacent building and we got together for dinner and a long walk to scout out the...

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Feb 4, 2017 - So long, Melbourne, we're off tomorrow morning!

31 January Happy 90th, Dad. Up early this morning as we had to break camp and leave the site by 10; not sure how long it will take us, packing up for the first time. All went very well, away by 10 on the dot (took a couple of hours!) and drove back to the Milawa Cheese Factory for brunch. A bit disappointing, wouldn't recommend it. Anyway, said goodbye to Carolyn and headed south. We drove down the King Valley, it narrowing as we reached the head of the valley at Cheshunt South, a very pleasant drive. Then the road climbed and wound its way...

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Jan 31, 2017 - Melbourne and our first camp!

22 January Beautiful sunny day, off to visit Jane, John's sister in Queenscliffe, on the coast south of Melbourne. Once clear of the city we were in open coutryside, quite a pleasant drive. We turned off the highway at Geelong along the 'scenic route'. It was indeed very scenic, there was a regatta in the bay, lots of boats, then the road swung through their botanic gardens, very pretty. Back on the road, great views across Port Phillips until we drove across the narrow spit of land to Queenscliffe. Lovely quiet place even if the car parks...

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Jan 21, 2017 - Melbourne

16 January Monday morning swim, lovely day, pool a bit warm (?), picked up flowers, back home for breakfast and final clean-up and packing before taxi srrived to tkae us to the airport. An easy drive in this time (on our arrival the roads were jammed), straight through checkin, bag drop and security and soon in the lounge for a bite to eat. Uneventful flight, except that they had run out of food, but had enough wine. Quaint Ass seem to be not very well organised, quite lackadaisical despite their ad campaign. Anyway, won't need to trouble...

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Oz and the Big Lap

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