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Feb 10, 2013 - A day in the wine region.

Thomas and Erica took us on a wine tour today. Erica was party leader and had our tour mapped out. How wonderful to have such an activity on your doorstep. At the winery Jay and I tasted the whole range, starting with sparkling and ending with desert wine. Ten tastings for $5, not bad value at all. After viewing a couple of wineries we moved on to Pier 10 for a superb lunch and a couple of bottles of wine. The weather again was beautiful. We then moved onto a strawberry farm that sold all manner of products including amazing deserts made...

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Feb 9, 2013 - MELBOURNE

So we're just finishing up on our first week of our travels which was spent in Melbourne and has all been amazing so far. Our first day here we spent at the beach of Melbourne's coast line in a place called St Kilda- a pretty, scenic sea side town. We met up with some friends from home and we were both keen to see some sun and sand after leaving the rain and snow behind in the UK. Day 2 we had a coach trip to Philip Island to see the cute fairy penguins and en route stopped at a heritage farm followed by another stop at a koala...

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Feb 9, 2013 - Tom & Erica can organise a piss up in a brewery

Breakfast at the Langham was superb. Erica and Tom took us to the Southern Melbourne market. A fresh meat, fish and vegetable market along with little cafe bars and all other types of goods. As it is Chinese New Year, Chinese artists were performing a dragon dance amongst the stalls making a fine old racket. Quite a spectacle really. After dropping Jay back at the house so that he could catch up on his beauty sleep, the four of us went house hunting. This is quite an experience in itself. Houses up for sale have a half hour - an hour time...

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Feb 8, 2013 - At the Langham

Today we drove into Melbourne. Erica had arranged for us to stay at the Langham Hotel. May I say if ever you stay in Melbourne then stay at the Langham, it is superb. Roger and I took the free CIty CIrcle tram around Melbourne and saw the city sights. Very nice and because it was a circle line we couldn't really get lost. For a free tram it wasn't too bad. We had a walk through the alley ways and realised it was quite a trendy area. After meeting Jay and settling him into the hotel we then went for liquid refreshment in a bar in the middle...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Train to Melbourne

Another hot day in Melbourne. Today we took the train from Frankston to Melbourne in order to meet Jay and his friend Genevieve. We met them in an old pub opposite Flinders Street station. Melbourne is a lively, cosmopolitan city and guess what it has where we went to eat? Yes you've got it - China Town. We ate in a restaurant called The Dumpling House, were they trying to tell me something, I haven't put that much weight on since I've been here. Next door to the restaurant was a bar that mainly back packers used. It didn't have tables and...

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Feb 6, 2013 - Reunited and it feels so good.

100 degrees here today. What can I say? After 22 months I reunited with my Jay. He is so brown it's obscene, I love him. We met him in Melbourne, and yes Dan I cried, how motherly. He said we should go to back pack city, St Kilda, as it was nicer than Melbourne central and right by the sea. A good choice. There were plenty of young people about, so I guess they are all in the know as where the best place is to be. Jay came back with us to Tom and Erica's and stayed for a while. He then left to meet his friend. We also saw the park which is...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Exploring Melbourne (last day)

Spent morning driving through city - seeing the different sections, sites and architecture. There is a big Chinese population located here, as well as Greek and Italians. The economy is doing very well in Melbourne and the country's population is now growing in the Western Australia area due to a lot of lucrative mining that is occurring there. They have beautiful parks and gardens around the city and because they do - they allow hot air ballooning in the early morning over the city. That way the balloon has a place to land should it need...

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Feb 5, 2013 - The Breen's are Down Under

We travelled to Melbourne on the airbus. It carried just under 500 passengers and although it was enormous it hid it well by sectioning areas off, making it seem smaller. Thomas met us at the airport and took us into the city to meet Erica for coffee. Erica has arranged for us to spend a night at the Langans Hotel later in the week - lovely. Tom then took us on a car tour of Melbourne.just a quick taster of the city. It seems very cosmopolitan and in parts a bit like Canary Wharf. Tom and Erica live at St Eliza about 50k outside Melbourne...

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Feb 4, 2013 - Exploring Melbourne

Melbourne is a city of over 4 million people. Although it covers alot of land mass, it has not felt that big. Everyone we have met has been friendly and helpful and it is quite easy to maneuver around. Today we walked over to the Melbourne Cricket Grounds which can hold over 100,000 people for their cricket or football games. It is part of a huge sporting complex which includes a huge tennis stadium and almost twenty side courts. Melbourne is known as a huge sporting town - in fact, they just finished hosting the Australian Open for tennis...

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Feb 2, 2013 - Melbourne

Today is a washing and caravan maintenance day, Steph did the washing early, I did a couple of small maintenance jobs on the van,then there was a little shop, fuel up and get ready for a catch up with my niece Emma and her boyfriend Gareth at 1pm. We had a good afternoon catch up and a few drinks and nibbles with the guys at the caravan park. We are out with Gordon again tonight as we are leaving Melbourne tomorrow and going to head to the Werribee Open plains Zoo then probably stay at a free camp on the way to Geelong tomorrow night. We...

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Feb 2, 2013 - Fly to Melbourne, Australia

We made it to Melbourne, Australia...4 flights, 22 hours of flying time and over 11,000 miles. We started from airport in Daytona Beach to Atlanta to LA to Sydney and then to Melbourne. We each have one 21" suitcase and duffel bag so we can carried on our luggage (no lost/delayed luggage worries). Thanks to Delta Sky miles, Jim was able to get us some good airline seats on a huge Boeing 777 that recline all the way. They were big leather-like chairs that would recline all the way down or into any comfortable position that you would like....

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Feb 1, 2013 - Puffing Billy

We had an early start to the day as we were going to go for a ride on the Puffing Billy train and were not sure how to get there, and it was going to be during peak hour. Gordon picked us up at 8 am (and we are on holidays !!) We got there with a few detours with about 5 minutes to spare. And yes it was raining, but we got our tickets and onto the train OK. It was very cold on the trip up but it was a good trip, we stopped at Lakeside for 1 hour and had a bit of a look around and a coffee. Left at 12.30 pm for the trip back to Belgrade, on...

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