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Feb 9, 2018 - Thursday – Melbourne Australia – New Country, new continent

Arrived in Melbourne our first stop in Australia. Had to be up early with our passports to go through immigration. This is the first time since leaving LA. The ship has had our passports since we boarded and delt with any immigration. We had to pick them up and present them face to face to an immigration officer. Same as if you came in on an airplane, but in the terminal building on the pier. The officer asked me to remove my glasses and let us through. Melbourne sure has a lot more skyscrapers than when I was here about 10 years ago on a...

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Feb 8, 2018 - Melbourne Australia

History: just spent 3 days on the Tasman sea. As many refer to trans-Atlantic journeys as “hopping the pond”, Kiwis and Aussies refer to the Tasman Sea voyage as “crossing the ditch”. Melbourne is the Capital of Australia and is called the world”s most livable city. In 1847, the rush to find gold in the river and streams made it one of the world”s largest and wealthiest cities. Melbourne the first of 7 stops in Australia. If this is an example of what we can expect it is going to be great. The Emu”s, leaping kangaroo and damn cute koala in...

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Jan 13, 2018 - Melbourne 2

Our tour group arrived Wednesday afternoon so we had the morning free to do and see what we wanted. Melbourne has a great metro. We stopped at a 7/11 close to the hotel and bought a Myki Card and took the 48 Tram to the center of town. First we were searching for a place to buy a Sim Card. To use our Verizon phone, it would have cost $10 a day. we could buy a Viacon Sim Card for our 17 days in Austria for $25 Australian ($18 US) with all the voice and data we need and to get wi-fi on the buses, as we move from hotel to hotel. Sometimes it...

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Jan 11, 2018 - Melboune

Hello from Melbourne. We arrived at noon Monday the 8th, 4 hours late, to a warm, hazy day. We left LA 4 hours later than scheduled due to the storms in the East. Our flight was a Qantas- American Air. American had a plane full (180) which originated in New York to transfer to our flight and ours being the one flight to Melbourne each day, the powers that be, decided to wait for our New York "friends". Our flights went okay. LA to Melbourne was very long (15hrs), but we had good movies to watch, stories to listen to, and the food was fine....

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Jan 4, 2018 - Christmas and the New Year

Christmas went in a bit of a blur. Boxing day was spent at the Melbourne Cricket Ground watching England struggle to play cricket. Fantastic ground and great atmosphere with nearly 90,000 in the stadium. Other days out included a trip to St Kilda beach, a walk in the Dandenogs and a great day out doing the Yarra Valley wine tour. On the down side, I went for a very expensive swim in Wade and Patsy's pool as I had my iPhone in my pocket and was in there for about an hour before I realised! Oops - that will be a travel insurance claim then....

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Dec 29, 2017 - Puffing Billy

Early start under the overcast skies as we headed back into town - spent some time in Dymocks bookstore before walking down to Federation Square and Flinders Street Railway Station. 70min train ride out to Belgrave. Here we caught the Puffing Billy historic train to Lakeside. It was packed. Lovely ride with a couple of stops along the way. Arrived at Lakeside (near Emerald). We had lunch here and then went and had a look at a huge model railway display - it was over 30 years old. We then went down to the lakes for the boys to hire an...

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Dec 28, 2017 - At the 'G'

Early start in overcast skies to head to city to go to the Ashes Test at the MCG. It was only a 10 min walk from the city centre to get to the grounds - didn't look like many people were going our way. How wrong we were on our way home at the end - 63 000 people at the game. We watched the first session and then went to the Sports Museum (on the other side of the grounds) at lunch where we spent a good hour and a half looking at lots of really intersting sporting memorabilia. The walk around was crazy - so many people. Back to our seats to...

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Dec 27, 2017 - The Big Screen and more

Today the wind is blowing madly as we set out early to the city. Dropped off at Swanston Street and walked up to the Bourke St Mall where Keagan purchased a set of sunnies and Mum finally traded in her broken bag and purse. Further walk up to meet the old vintage City Loop Tram to the Melbourne Museum and IMAX Theatre. The Exhibition Centre next door was an impressive building!! We spent 2.5 hours watching the latest Star Wars Movie in 3D on the 3rd largest screen in the world.....Wow! Walked back for some lunch in the Mall before heading...

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Dec 26, 2017 - Luna Park

24 hours in weather is a long time in Melbourne. We set off on a cool but sunny walk for about 15 minutes to catch the #11 Tram into town. We had our cards to touch on and off the trams. It took about 30 minutes into town where we could see stacks of people walking over to the MCG for the test match. We then changed to #96 Tram to St Kilda and it was standing room only- thank goodness most got of at the Casino stop. We arrived early so had a look at the famous St Kilda beach before grabbing something to eat at McDonalds across from Luna...

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Dec 24, 2017 - Kryal Castle and across to Melbourne

Another cool day as we set off to look at the imposing Arch of Victory and its 22 km of trees planted to honour the fallen. It was next door to a large lake in the town which houses the rowing for the 1956 Olympic Games. Lovely parks surrounding the lake. We then headed out of town towards Melbourne to Kryal Castle - a 1970's medieval 'theme park' on the edge of town. Had a lovely day there looking at the torture chamber, knights and horses. The boys enjoyed the archery and 'hitting each other over the head'! Mum and Dad gave up on the maze...

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Dec 22, 2017 - The Surprise

As everybody knows, apart from Leigh, I had arranged for Paul, Alex, Phoebe, Rachel and Harry to join us in Australia for Christmas. Wade and Patsy went to fetch them from the airport pretending to go and pick up some arrivals for Keli's travel company. Leigh and I stayed at home. Whilst I watched my phone for updates on their arrival Leigh was planning for an early night - no chance! They all arrived safe and sound at about 2200hrs. The kids all got together in one of the rooms and we called Leigh in - I think she went into shock when she...

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Dec 7, 2017 - Day 11 - Melbourne

Rest day. Went to change the rear tire early in the morning to the place I found on internet, where have ordered one Metzler Enduro 2. Had to drive 40 minutes through the infinitely spread Melbourne suburbs. Once more appreciating living in Perth: within 20 minutes would have reached any place! Back in the hotel we check out and left all luggages at the reception and we went on top of the Eureka tower, to enjoy the view of Melbourne from the highest building. Then we had a walk on the South Bank and a quick snack. Back in the hotel we...

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