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Jun 2, 2006 - Melbourne International CCI*** 3 Day Event at The National Equestrian Centre in Werribee, near Melbourne.

The journey to Werribee from Adelaide took 9 and a half hours by wagon! We stopped for half an hour to get the horse's heads down but then completed the whole run. We also took Scott Keach and his horse ESB Irish Fiddle. He isn't Elite-listed but is a proper spooky thing and Scott wanted to give him time to settle in. After settling the horses for the night we got the wagon set-up for our ten-day stay. The first night was really cosy as Scott and Nicky's caravan was locked so they had to kip in with us. Fortunately the luton was massive so...

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Claire's Big Trip!

May 25, 2006 - Melbourne bound

We're here in Melbourne! We thought the LA-Melbourne leg was 17 hours, but then we found out it was only 14 hours. True to form, we were diverted to Sydney and then had to cirrlce Melbourne due to fog before we eventually landed....17 hours after leaving LA. Touche. Anyway, we met up woth marianne's parents and the best man (matt) and we're just about to head out and get to the hotel then eat and walk around the city centre. More to come for sure! The country side from the plane looks like Canada until you se that all the trees are...

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May 22, 2006 - Melbourne Part I

Hello Everyone! I have been in Melbourne since Thursday, and it has been pretty cool so far. Some say Melbourne is more like Vancouver because of the arts and cultural factor, but it is definately missing the beautiful scenery that Sydney has! On Thursday, my very delayed flight landed and i made my way to a hostel for the night. A friend of mine picked me up to go to the Carron Pub to watch the biggest fight ever for Australia - the Mundine vs Green fight.. and the pubs everywhere were PACKED! The next morning i was chatting with a few...

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May 8, 2006 - my flight to Melbourne, Australia

AUCKLAND TO MELBOURNE ON QANTAS After flying back to Auckland and spending the night at John Sax's house (I wrote about that great place last week), I hopped on Qantas' 6:50 a.m. flight to Melbourne. Qantas was operating a 747-400 series airplane -- one of my favorites. By the looks of the gate area I thought there wouldn't be an empty seat on the plane, but I was wrong -- that's how big it is. In fact, business class was almost completely empty (I scored an upgrade). The 1,640-mile flight over the Tasman Sea took only 3 1/2 hours, and...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

May 8, 2006 - my flight to Melbourne, Australia

AUCKLAND TO MELBOURNE ON QANTAS After flying back to Auckland and spending the night at John Sax's house (I wrote about that great place last week), I hopped on Qantas' 6:50 a.m. flight to Melbourne. Qantas was operating a 747-400 series airplane -- one of my favorites. By the looks of the gate area I thought there wouldn't be an empty seat on the plane, but I was wrong -- that's how big it is. In fact, business class was almost completely empty (I scored an upgrade). The 1,640-mile flight over the Tasman Sea took only 3 1/2 hours, and...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Apr 30, 2006 - We Are Family

Up at three, off to airport (again) for uneventful flight to Melbourne, only concern being 'Do I have a visa for Australia?'. They let me in, so I must have, and after changing the date on my next flight to Sydney I grab a hire car for a few days. Just hit the road, and with a bit of stopping-and-asking, find my way out to Annabels house NW of the city. I must really be in Australia as I pass three signs, warning first of Kangaroos, then Koalas and finally Wombats in the road with 5km of each other! I find Annabel, Caspar & their friends...

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Apr 29, 2006 - Melbourne, Australia

It felt so good to be in a proper city again. Despite 11 hours on a cold coach where the driver insisted on stopping every few minutes for a cigarette, it felt good to land in such a cool place. We arrived in the early hours when the Queen Victoria Market was just being set up, yet it was still busier than Canberra could ever hope to be. Bleary-eyed and in a daze, we wandered the streets, checked out Federation Square and watched the trams go by. The square is a new addition to Melbourne and for many an unwelcome one with its jagged edges...

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Dan's Trip Journal

Apr 26, 2006 - Melbourne

We flew down to Melbourne from Brisbane on a bargain flight and arrived pretty late at our surprisngly nice budget hotel and pretty much crashed out that first night to prepare for a busy few days in Melbourne. Melbourne is a great city, a lot more 'historic' than many other parts of Austrlia and with some fantastic architecture and old cathedrals etc. On the first day we pretty much just mooched around the city taking in a few shops along the way and then jumping on to the exclellent free tourist shuttle which ferries you around town,...

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Apr 26, 2006 - Melbourne

I thought it would be impossible to top the time I had in Sydney, but Melbourne blew me away. A smaller city than Sydney, Melbourne had a lot of character. The city had all sorts of laneways which led to hidden bars and restaurants. Surrounding the city were a variety of precincts which all had a unique vibe to them. I stayed in one of the precincts called St. Kilda and had a blast. I hired a bike for one of the days and road all over the outskirts of the center, moving in and out of several precincts, occasionally stopping for coffee and...

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Apr 25, 2006 - Lucy goes grocery shopping

Every week my parents go to a place with noisy wheel damaged trolleys to buy things to eat and other necessities of life. Some weeks they go to the South Melbourne Market for their fruit and veg, but mostly it's Coles Elsternwick. Dad puts me in the baby bjorn or 'benny' as we call it, and we trapse around the shops looking for things. It's very colourful and sometimes it's quite cold near the fridges. Dad thinks it's great that I'm just a ready made 'get out of my way' excuse. Sometimes dad gives me things to hold onto for a while until...

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Apr 21, 2006 - Melbourne

Friday 21st April Really lucky to have a half empty plane over and I was able to sleep stretched out on three seats - it still didn't stop me looking a mess when I arrived however, I think as a result of caffeine overload and airline food, oh and the fact that I've been wearing the same clothes since Wednesday. Maybe a stopover in Asia might have been a good thing - especially as it's raining here. I ended up waiting for John coming in from Mildura (on a mighty small plane!) then we got a cab into the city and to the hotel and despite all...

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Apr 20, 2006 - Melbourne

Hi again folks, or is it Geezapuntup (that's Thai for thank you), or G'day - see me, languages, fluent! Last couple of days in Melbourne. Fly up to Cairns on Saturday into the eye of Typhoon Monica - should be an interestin flight! Been staying with my sister Margaret and she has given us the guided tour which has been handy. Everything is really cheap here. They make about the same money as back home but to buy anything costs about a third. The TV and the papers are full of stories of people complainin that petrol has went up to about 60p...

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