Melbourne on one day of our travels.

 

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Brunswick St Fitzroy
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Brunswick Street, with photo effect
 

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Autumn leaves in Brunswick
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Melbourne Tram
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Pay Attention!
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Bourke St
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Colourful Windows – Bourke St
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Beautiful buildings
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Architecture as Art
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Autumn leaves
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More wonderful buildings in Bourke Street
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Louis Vuitton
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More buildings to feast my eyes on.
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Looks like a movie set
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The old and the new
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Wonderful Sandstone
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Contrasts
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Style
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Bourke Street
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China Town
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Tram on Bourke St
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Clocks at Flinders Street Station! Melbourne

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Flinders St Station, corner of Swanston St
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Some of the locals

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Last day in Melbourne

We decided to go to a swimwear shop I had found out about from my Melbourne friend and this involved catching trams and walking to Fitzroy. This is a pretty old but funky part of town with sculpture in the streets and around shops and buildings.

We went to the shop but on the walk on the way I took copious photos of buildings, railings, fences, patterns and I will show you most of them here.

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Patterns and Graffiti

All day it blew a cool wind but it was fun looking around Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy – enjoyed the funk!

On our last night we met up with some Perth mates over for the weekend and went out to dinner at Universal, in Lygon Street. I had the most amazing Pizza – small – cut into four pieces with the works plus jalapenos. I drank a Fat Yak beer and was completely full and satisfied. After dinner we went to the famous Brunetti’s and had coffee and cake.  I had a beautiful hot chocolate.  Yummo!

We did not stay out very late – we had to get up at about 3:30 in the morning to return home. After our ride home, we walked past a group of taxis and talked about availability for a 4:30am  ride to the airport.  Sorted that and he arrived at 4:15am – perfect.  Once ensconced in the Qantas Club we had a cuppa and toast ready to fly home at 6:30am.

On the flight into Perth I saw a rainbow out of my window. A lovely welcome back, considering the storms that had plagued Perth while we were away.image

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne has always been one of my favourite cities in Australia. It continues to charm me, and make me feel part of something bigger and better organised than my own small existence.  I love the food, the trams, the trains, even Uber. We were Uber virgins until yesterday.  Had a lovely ride with Vijay, a Singaporean Professor of Film Making. Terrific guy, works 55 hours a week as an Uber Driver.

The next day we had a ride with Ahmet, born in Turkey, came to Australia as a 6 year old, is a father of 4, who borrowed money from the bank for the $300,000 Taxi License, which he is still paying off. He says it’s worth nothing now Uber is here.

I love seeing the people I know in Melbourne – can’t see them all in two days though.

I did see a lot of my favourite parts of the city and an area or two I had not seen before – Yarraville.

In Yarraville we saw the Sun Theatre – Art Deco and had a cuppa in The Vault. Also saw a film crew working in the same street, filming in a cafe.

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Yarraville Station
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Cobblestone patterns
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Almost Autumn trees
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Outside Sun Theatre, Yarraville
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Sun Theatre
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Inside The Vault

 

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Orchid on The Vault’s windowsill

We walked for about 25 mins to see a friend of mine, with whom I went to school. It was a tad chilly and windy, but we soldiered on. After the visit we Ubered back to our apartment, I then ventured out to see another friend who had travelled from Elstenwick to meet me in town.  Lost all track of time but we were to meet around 4:00pm. Once we had found each other we toddled off to Cookie, which turned out to be a Thai restaurant in a very staid, 6 storey building, called Curtin House, whose interior was anything but.

I was messing around with effects on my camera and took some photos inside using the ‘HDR painting lo’. Here is the result.

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Hobart to Melbourne

Left Hobart early – left our unit at Seven Mile Beach at around 4:30am and we flew out at 6:05.  Landed in Melbourne at 7:07. Most impressive.  One other thing of significance is the Qantas Entertainment. I had tuned into a movie on my flight from Melbourne to Hobart called “Finding Grace”.  An gentle little Aussie movie about a family who needed to reconnect. Anyway it was a usual film length but due to the flight being short, I had not been able to finish watching it.  On my return flight from Hobart, I opened up the Qantas app and continued from where I had left off. I was gobsmacked. As a result was able to watch the rest of the movie before we landed in Melbourne.  I was very pleased.

Our room in the Wyndham on William is lovely, complete with kitchen and balcony.

Once we had dumped our bags we caught a tram to the South Melbourne Markets. We met our friends from Coburg, great to see them again and had breakfast.

Later, we returned to find we could check in early. So we did.  We were tired from our very early start.

I later ventured out to meet another Melbourne mate. So lovely to see these people who all live on the wrong side of the country.

We ate dinner at Cookie – pub/Thai Restaurant. I used my illustration filter on my camera.

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Mt Wellington, Hotel SOHO,Part Two

The road to the top
The road to the top

image imageThis is a continuation of the yesterday – was getting too long. The drive to the top was about 30 kms but it was well wooded and fun to watch the trees changing the higher we drove.  It is a pity that some drivers don’t share the roads a little bit more freely.

Once we were at the top the view was spectacular.  The day was as clear a day as you could ask for.  So perfect.

The view from the top
The view from the top

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The view from the top
The view from the top

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There were little patches of snow and people were throwing snow balls and building snowmen.  A couple of kids were experiencing the snow for the first time. Screams of shock as snow dared to venture down the back of a hoodie.  I laughed.

The air was magic.  Clear, tasty but a little thinner than further down the hill. The rocks were very different all across the top of the mountain. We stayed a while and went to the lookouts and just marvelled at the land we could see from the top.  Just fabulous.

After driving back down the mountain we went to the pub I had seen on the upward journey called Hotel SOHO.

Hotel SOHO
#Hotel_SOHO

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It was a warm and friendly pub and they had $10 meals.  We had roastpork, with crackling, apple sauce and wonderfully roasted vegetables.  A wonderful meal all round.

A lovely day in beautiful weather.

Hobart, Salamanca Market, Mawson’s Hut, Mt Wellington, Lunch.

As we were preparing to get organised to leave this morning I heard a bird trilling outside our window.  No idea what it is yet, but I will find out. But it was very insistent as if it expected me to do something for it.  It hopped and squawked for quite a few minutes, so I was able to video it and take some pictures.  Here it is.

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A lovely noisy visitor on our windowsill this morning.

So once it had flown away, we ventured outside to yet another cool and crisp day but absolutely beautiful.  Bright sun and no clouds and a little wind. We parked near Elizabeth Pier and walked over to Salamanca Markets and revelled in the colour, smells and variety.

Some stands were lucky to have trees to hang their wares, and the wood carvers have spent a lot of time on Huon Pine as evidenced below with the rolling pins in the second last pic from the markets.

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Salamanca Markets are great fun.  There are some very clever people in the world who can make and grow some amazing things.

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After about an hour of wandering and knowing we can’t take most of it home, we went back towards Elizabeth Pier and I took some photos of some buildings and we found our way to the Mawson’s huts replica exhibition.

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The interior of the two huts which were joined together.

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I have no idea how they survived in the conditions they lived in.  A very interesting and ‘worth a look’ exhibition.  Bit sad though due to the loss of dogs and men’s lives but an amazing period in history. They were true survivors.

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We then had a cuppa and I wandered around the dock and took too many pics. But that will be in my next post, otherwise this will go on and on forever.

 

North Hobart and a lazy day.

Today we went to drop off one of our team to her friends in Battery Point. From there we went to North Adelaide to the State Theatre. It was built in 1913 and there was another building across the road built in 1915. Lovely area. We had coffee and chat with a friend of mine I used to work with who lives in Tassie – it was lovely to catch up. I love our friendship, it falls into the ‘low maintenance’ category, which means it does not matter how long between visits – we just catch up and continue on. Beautiful. Worthwhile 🙂

After we found our car in a drizzly street we went food shopping for the next few days and then home.  Nice to just veg at home sometimes. Ahhhh.

Rainy Autumn Day
Rainy Autumn Day

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We have really enjoyed Tassie this time – more than last Te and we enjoyed it then. We wandered around the streets of North Hobart for a little bit and the architecture was wonderful, buildings built in the early 20th century. Really interesting some of them. More tomorrow.

Oatlands, Ross, Lake Leake and return – 224 kms

Took our time getting going, cos we can and headed north towards Oatlands, where there was a pancake shop and a renowned pie shop. The pie shop was not as fabulous as we had hoped.  The chicken curry pie had wonderful pastry but the contents weren’t what they could have been.

On we went, a few kms further north, to Ross. There is a famous bridge there too, the third oldest bridge in Australia.  Two stonemasons, who were convicts worked on the bridge and when it was completed they were pardoned.  Awww.imageimage image image

Ross
Ross

We had a great day just pottering and we happened upon Lake Leake on the map and of course had to go there.

Lake Leake
Lake Leake

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Back from Bruny Island

Margate Train shops
Margate Train shops

image image image image imageLunch was wonderful and the drive back beautiful, in spite of all of us being on semi-high alert on the bush road.

We drove back through some lovely areas and saw a train parked on the highway complete with a steam engine. It was in Margate.  There were pancakes, coffee and at the end of the train very reasonably priced second hand furniture and knick knacks. Some of it was really beautiful and the chandeliers were to die for!!!

 

 

Bruny Island and surrounds.

We left home nice and early today to get to the 10 o’clock ferry to Bruny Island.  It took almost an hour to drive there but the journey was not difficult. We drove through beautiful country and enjoyed every minute of it.  We got to Kettering about 15 minutes early , so bought a coffee each and a tea for me from the cafe at the ferry entry.  Waiting in line we did get to see Norman Coburn – “Donald Fisher” from Home and Away fame, who currently lives on Bruny Island with his wife Tina.

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‘Donald Fisher’
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Waiting for the ferry

Once we had arrived on Bruny Island we went on a lovely drive along the main route around Bruny Island and we made our way to Adventure Bay on the south west  coast and we stopped at Penguin Cafe which faced the coast. It was here that we had morning tea, in a very cosy and comfortable coffee shop.

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Path to the beach at Adventure Bay
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Adventure Bay
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Adventure Bay
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Beautiful sand at Adventure Bay

After our morning tea and a decent wander on the beach, the sand is pristine and it is hard and wet underfoot.  Birds’ footprints, shells and wave prints covered the surface of the sand.  We walked for some time with me taking photos of water, birds and landscapes. It was then time to return to the car parked at the #Penguin_Cafe to drive through the Mt Mangana Forest Reserve. The road was designated 4WD but it looked OK and we decided we could turn back if it got’ iffy’. It was 9 kms at about 40kms an hour or less, through magnificent forest. It was just beautiful, fresh and tropical in parts with tree ferns along the edge of the road.  The straight eucalypts towered above us as we drove. Sun was filtered onto the road and flashed in our eyes as we rounded the corners. The clay under the tyres crunched but was moist and sticky. It was sheer good fortune that there were no cars coming the other way.  It was a tense drive with all six eyes on the road for the entire drive.  When we finally popped out at the other end we were just a few minutes from our lunch venue.

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The road through Mt Mangana Forest Reserve
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The road through Mt Mangana Forest Reserve
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The road through Mt Mangana Forest Reserve

Next stop was the winery for lunch and our waitress recommended the day’s special, braised lamb leg with Polenta with cauliflower, beans, cherry tomatoes, with a red wine jus.  It really was beautiful.