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Feb 15, 2014 - Landing in Melbourne

Boarding the Qantas A380 into business class in Dubai and again I knew this was going to be a luxurious flight that would take me to Oz. If I didn't already know that this was a double decker beauty of a plane you would have no idea as you enter what will be your home for the next 13 hours. Whilst it doesn't have the large screen tv that the emirates flight had, it has the same gadgets in the arm rest that will eventually turn this seat into a fully flat bed. Something that I am getting very used to now. Champagne is served and another...

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Feb 14, 2014 - Melbourne, Australia

Port Phillips Bay is where we docked in Melbourne. The city was blanketed in smoke haze from the many bush fires that have been burning to the north and east of them. While we couldn’t smell any smoke, it did give the day a rather dreary cast which unfortunately translates to most of the pictures we took. We had booked an all-day ship’s excursion that would take us along one section of the 275 km Great Ocean Drive from Torquay to Apollo Bay, a distance of about 100 km. The drive itself was relaxing and scenic. We made several stops at...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Melbourne

We are in the Melbourne airport, after 24 hours of travel, conscious enough to write a journal entry – but not conscious enough to judge whether or not it makes sense. Confinement in a small space for an extended period of time is considered a form of torture, and IT IS. At least we have only 6 or 7 hours in the airport here and then a little over an hour in the air to Hobart to look forward to. After that, NO planes for three weeks. Just lots of driving from the wrong side of the car on the wrong side of the road. ☺ It’s been a long 24...

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Jan 31, 2014 - The Grampians and The Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

Hi to everyone from Melbourne, our last stop in Australia. So when we last left you, we were in Adelaide and about to collect our hire car. The car was supposed to be a Toyota Yaris with a manual gearbox but on picking it up it had been upgraded to a Kia Cerato which is a medium sized hatchback and had an automatic gearbox which took a bit of getting used to. We think this car needed to be relocated to Melbourne as it had Victoria state number plates and as we were going that way It was given to us. We drove out of Adelaide just managing...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Finally the temperature has dropped

It was Katie's day off on Friday so we ventured into the city on an air conditioned train to go round the immigration museum. We also walked through the 1 km long Casino to keep cool from the 44C outside but just watched what was going on! The " cool change " arrived after we got back home at about 5 pm when the hot wind changed to a cool wind and the temperature dropped to about 30C in 20 min. Our last day was a lovely mid 20C and we cycled the 24 km into city along the Cycle trails and had a picnic lunch and walk round the Botanical...

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Jan 15, 2014 - The heat has arrived!

After a lot of cool weather since Christmas day Melbourne summer has arrived with vengeance. It started last weekend but was only in the mid 20Cs to mid 30c s until yesterday which was manageable as the slight breeze was cooling if you could walk in the shade or wear a floppy hat as we did when we visited a lotus and lily gardens on Sunday about 1 hour drive away but the past two days have been over 40C and it is like opening a oven door with a fan on when you venture out after midday. The strange thing is the temperature seems to be at its...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Living in Melbourne

The weather in Melbourne the past 2 weeks has been unseasonally cool for their summer with only the odd day getting into the mid twenties and quite cold nights i.e below 10C! In fact a few days last week London was as warm as here though we have not had the terrible rain and wind you have been getting. The last few days have been getting warmer and it is threatening a very hot week ( up to 41C on Tuesday!) for our last week here. We will be looking forward to some cold weather when we get back even if it will be a big shock to the...

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Jan 5, 2014 - Melbourne

Hi, Hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and new year! I tried to Skype but everyone in our hostel was using the internet so was hard to connect. We moved out of our apartment and stayed at Bondi Beach for 5 days and then back in Sydney for 6 days over NYE. Christmas day involved a festival on the beach, but unfortunately the weather wasn't so good as it rained, but all the other days were very hot. So boxing day we spent on the beach sunbathing! New years eve, I spent with Rowan and Kim over at Bradleys Head, the other side of the opera...

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louise's world trip!

Jan 1, 2014 - Happy New Year to everyone

We have had a quiet week since Christmas pottering around in lovely sunny weather that has not been too hot most of the time. Katie has had to work the last 3 days of the year including Sunday but now has only her late Thursday to work until next Tuesday so it will be nice to spend some more time all together at the start of 2014! We have been out and about a little with Andy the past week as he has been off work all week.On Sunday the three of us cycled to see where Katie worked during her lunchtime break. It was a 16 km cycle along cycle...

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Dec 30, 2013 - Christmas in Melbourne

Happy Christmas Christmas Eve. We set off for Williamstown (the first European settlement in Melbourne). We walked down to Southern Cross Railway Station, sorted out our Myki cards and boarded the train. The journey was just under half an hour and whilst the line passed across the back of the docks we did see some pretty, late 19th century, houses. Williamstown station is a short walk into town. The sun was shining and despite the cool, southerly wind, it was a lovely sunny day. The town was a little disappointing, we had seen similar...

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off we go!

Dec 30, 2013 - If at first you do succeed, make sure you do your best to fail later....

Sunday started, once again, as grey and dull with the chance of rain so I decided to take a wander over to st kilda public library to use their Internet. After lunch, as things hadn't improved, I decided that it was time to do my washing, and then mooch about. I had a walk along the front, and sat and read for a while. Fortunately, it was not cold, so it was very pleasant outside. Monday was also a not particularly promising day, so I headed into the city to do a little bit of shopping. This was completed in about 10 minutes, so I headed...

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Fly on the Wall

Dec 29, 2013 - Melbourne

Wow- at last time to catch my breath and update my progress Melbourne Day 1 26th December 2013 The weather is warm and sunny so I decided to check out the MCG in Yarra Park on Day 1 of the Fourth Ashes Test Match. I walked along the Yarra River, to get an early view of the city. The atmosphere was electric at the ground as England were batting first. I spent some time in the fanzone watching the big screen. Then off to the other side of the tracks, to Melbourne Park the famous tennis complex where Andrew Murray will attempt to win the...

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