Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
May 9, 2019 - Today is finally here!
A quick entry while I wait at Gate 14 in order to board what looks to be a very full plane. Wonderful news that I know you will be delighted to know! My suitcase weighed 16.6kg! Yay me! The rain (which I didn’t hear any of last night) appears to have stopped so our flight shouldn’t be affected in any way. Ok - that’s it for now. Next stop - VANCOUVER!Jump to full entry
May 9, 2019 - It’s nearly time!
Nearly ready to fly! Packed (as minimally as I can)... no idea how much the bag weighs as I don’t have any scales and the ones Nicola loaned me were pretty useless (sorry, Nic, but they were). I think/ hope the bag weighs less than 23kg... if it doesn’t too bad... I need my 5 pairs of shoes!! After a nice farewell breakfast with Nicola and a Mother’s Day picnic at Soph’s Kinder, it was off to the bus stop to get the Skybus to Tullamarine airport. Then a 3 minute ride in a shuttle van to our hotel for the night.... I think it took longer to...Jump to full entry
Apr 26, 2019 - A step closer!
Today, Cheryl and I picked up our tickets,vouchers and other travel documents. We also got a few good tips from our travel agent who has just returned from New York. As a result, we booked a couple of extra little tours in NY. In just two weeks, we will be setting off on this wonderful holiday! Anticipation Excitement building Researching, planning, packing Counting down the days Holiday!Jump to full entry
Apr 25, 2019 - One more sleep before takeoff
Hello family and friends, I am preparing to leave Melbourne tomorrow night for eight months in Europe. Once again I intend to use this journal to write about my adventures but if you would prefer not to get my updates, please let me know that you would like to opt out. No pressure. Cheers, JudeJump to full entry
Apr 10, 2019 - Melbourne - Great Ocean Roads, Great Coffee
Another fine sunny day, but not too hot. (Great-nephew) Michael picks us up from the Dickson, and we head into town for a cuppa while we wait for the bus. A bit “mickey-mouse” getting to Canberra… a coach links us to the rail network. We are due to leave at 0940, meet up with the train at Cootamundra around 1230, and arrive in Melbourne 1830. Two tickets AU$140 (NZ$151). After booking the tickets Tony finds out they could have caught the train at Yass Junction, just a wee way out of Canberra. Also too late, Michael tells us he could have...Jump to full entry
Apr 10, 2019 - 4 weeks to go!
With now only 4 weeks to go, today I received information from Holland America cruise line regarding the 7 day Inside Passage Alaskan cruise that is part of the larger Evergreen Tour. I completed all the required log in details and excitedly browsed through the 'optional' shore excursions. While I have been told that we will probably see whales just by being on the cruise ship, Eurodam (no, I'm not swearing - that's its name), I selected a small group whale watching tour for when we are ashore at Juneau. The tour involves (obviously) going...Jump to full entry
Dec 19, 2018 - Melbourne
Melbourne 17 December Up early, not sure why, but we had to make sure the trailer and car were ready to be returned. Carolyn arrived home from Her trip to Bali looking very relaxed and tanned. She joined us for breakfast, caught up with we had all been doing and then we packed up and hit the road for Melbourne. So, back once again onto the Hume Highway and headed south. A couple of hours later we arrived in Pakenham and met up with Kellie (Melbourne Campertrailer Centre) to hand back the trailer. It was great to catch up with Kellie again,...Jump to full entry
Sep 27, 2018 - The last leg to Melbourne
We left Canberra, Australia’s capital city, and started on the last leg of our trip. We headed south along the Pacific coastline to our end destination of Melbourne. Aussies pronounce it Melbn, not Melburn. We enjoyed a fun little visit at a koala bear reserve. As we strolled under the groves of eucalyptus trees we strained our necks looking up at all the koalas. During the day they are quite sedentary just sleeping and lounging around posing for the tourists. As we turned the corner at the bottom of Australia we headed west along what is...Jump to full entry
Jun 24, 2018 - Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour!
Bonjour mes amis, I feel a little bonjour-ed out at the moment. I went for my walk a little later this morning as I wanted to be alone in my green paradise. However, while I knew that the local school was having a fun walk and ride today I didn't know what time it started nor its route. Well, I know now. I met so many walkers with their dogs and riders on the path and was happy at first to exchange pleasantries. Then I became a little tired of the constant "bonjour" and smiles. (How terrible must I sound to be tired of friendliness?) But I...Jump to full entry
Jun 12, 2018 - Montreal
Hi all, I've had quite the adventure in the last few days. Flying from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, to Paris then to Montreal was long but not too bad. I was certainly ready for a shower by the time I'd walked from the train. When I was transitting Paris I rang my internet provider to reconnect as I do each time I come to France but I was informed that they no longer provide a service that can be suspended and re-activated, so that posed a serious problem that I'll have to address quickly. As always, Penelope had planned a number of activities...Jump to full entry
Jun 3, 2018 - Preparing to leave Melbourne
Hi friends, I'm preparing to leave Melbourne on Wednesday 6th June to travel first to Montreal for a few days and then on to France for three months. I intend to make regular entries in my trip journal that will be shared with you. If you no longer want to receive the email alerts, please let me know and I will remove you from the list. Cheers, JudeJump to full entry
Apr 21, 2018 - Australian field notes
Australia is a huge, complex country. Two months was not enough time. Australians are as friendly as they come. Self-depreciation is a big part of the humor. There is an equalitarian tradition. That tradition may be eroding. For example, we were told not to tip. Yet we saw plenty of tip jars. Old hands insisted they should be empty tip jars. Like America, Australia is experiencing a huge inflow of non-white immigrants. A major debate seems to be how Australia will adjust from being modeled on British norms - or if it will or should...Jump to full entry