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Jan 2, 2020 - Melbourne

Arty Melbourne Day 118 New Years Day We see in New Year again as the clock strikes midnight back home in England and it is evident that Mark should not be driving today. Public transport is running to a Saturday timetable so we decide to take the tram out to St Kilda for an afternoon on the beach. The first tram drops us at Flinders Street station where we pick up another out to the esplanade at St Kilda. The streets are quiet as revellers recover from last night's celebrations and we easily find seats on the trams. A 30-minute journey...

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Jan 1, 2020 - New Year's day Melbourne

Went up the Eureka skyline to floor 88. Great views in all direction across the city and beyond. Then we walked around the city looking at the lanes, the street art, some sites, then a lovely Chinese lunch in Chinatown. The tour finished at the local jail. An informative morning around Melbourne. The afternoon sightseeing turned into sampling the local beers, and Aperol spritz ! at a few local bars with some of the people from the morning. A lovely way to spend a lovely hot day by the river in Melbourne (actually pronounced 'Melbun'!)

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Jan 1, 2020 - New Year

Two New Years Day 117 It’s hard to believe how awful the weather was yesterday as we look out on the fresh blue sky with fluffy clouds and breath in the clean air. We are going into the centre to have a look around and make the most of New Year’s Eve. Avoiding the tram stop around the corner we walk the 2km to Queen Victoria Market, passing small rows of two-storey Victorian terraces with wrought iron fencing along the way. We like this quaint city which has seemed to retained many of its historical street. The trams running down the centre...

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Dec 31, 2019 - Touring Melbourne

After the high temperatures yesterday, today started cool, but being British we still put on our shorts. We were glad of them later in the day when it was brilliant sunshine. We started the day with a great foodie walking tour of Queen Victoria Market. This market is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Our guide, Tamara, took us to some interesting stalls, which we'd probably have missed if we'd gone there without her, and we had some lovely samples including donuts, cheese, tea, gelato, dried meat and coffee. That was...

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Dec 30, 2019 - Sydney to Melbourne

Air Travel Again Day 116 Well it's time to say goodbye Sydney, hello Melbourne. We've loved our time in Sydney, even managing to have a happy Christmas away from family and friends, but Australia's a big country and there are other places to see. I am already feeling tense at the prospect of flying again, for someone who hates flying this is quite a trip. The packing has already been done and a quick tidy round the flat sees us ready to go. Mark is determined to manage to get his fishing rod through check in if at all possible, we'll...

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Dec 30, 2019 - Arrived at Melbourne

Good flight from Singapore to Melbourne, but in standard economy class this time !. Very efficient at Melbourne airport and out in good time to catch the Skybus straight to Southern Cross station. The AirBNB apartment is on floor 24, with everything we need and a spectacular view of the city.

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Sep 24, 2019 - Dernière étape Melbourne

Bonjour a Tous, Juste une petite entrée pour finaliser mon parcourt sur la carte en australie. Quelques photos. He, j'ai fait de l'escalade avec Evan de NZ et Alex de St Lambert, en stage de commerce international. A bientôt en Nouvelle Zélande !!! Wababadoudou !!!

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Aug 27, 2019 - Let the fun begin

Relaxing in the Plaza Lounge at Melbourne Airport. The landing was a little harsh and someone who was asleep at the time made a loud noise - luckily no expletives (yet) Security and passport control was quick and easy. Still some morons complained! The Plaza Lounge is quite small but comfortable. We had a light lunch and have settled in for a few hours rest. C studying the latest antics of the Royals while J attends to bill paying etc. If everything is on time we will be in Singapore later tonight for a good sleep and a shower. J,s back is...

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Jun 6, 2019 - Ready to go

Hello readers, It is almost time for us to go - just one more sleep. We fly out at 6pm on Friday 7 June with Emirates. My bags are packed and so are Bruce's. I just need to make a couple of tweaks as I have found that mine are a trifle heavier than I thought. We will try to keep you up to date as much as possible although these blogs are dependent on a quick and reliable wifi which may not be available at all camp sites. So long for now.

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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!

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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...

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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!

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