Category Archives: Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

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Moreton Bay fig tree on Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide at Botanic Garden

Had a great day yesterday wandering around the Botanic Garden in Adelaide. The most beautiful day and the surroundings were very peaceful and relaxing. It is important for us to ‘get back to nature’ away from phones and work stresses and just be!

 We went through the Conservatory full of rainforest plants we continued on our day of peaceful meanderings and discovery.

Next we happened upon a female duck and her five ducklings foraging in a man made waterway nearby. Also, on the same path was a sculpture made of glass sheets in the shape of a wave. Very impressive.

The sun was out the birds were everywhere, and we trundled along towards the Santos Economic Botany Museum. Wonderful place which was probably fairly dated looking until, it was restored recently.

The building was constructed

#Globe_Coffee_House_Patisserie and Restaurant

Globe Coffee House Patisserie & Restaurant
Globe Coffee House Patisserie & Restaurant
Had lunch here, with two of my workmates and one beautiful 4 year old. He wasn’t some random child, he belonged to one of my people.

While I waited for my mates to arrive, I set about writing – as I do – about thoughts that whirl through my head.

Here’s what I wrote today:

The crisp air bites at my ears as I cross the road, looking towards my destination but completely missing the crosswalk at my feet. I wondered why that car had stopped for me.

Sometimes, I think I am so in charge of my life and I am enjoying my freedom, but I am apparently away with the fairies at times. Ah well, ’tis real life n’est pas? Pretentious? Not at all. Everyone understands the context, if not the words. The rhetorical question, oft used to pique the reader’s interest. I am currently 8% fluent in French, and my phone app encourages me to add it to my LinkedIn profile. Now, that would be pretentious. How could 8% fluency be an asset in my employment. I am certainly aware of my increased understanding of the language but I am not sure if that would ‘translate’ into a useful addition to my resume.

Just received an email with a list of 14 foods that boost my thyroid. Oh, the constant desire to lose weight, manage weight, spend money on losing weight etc etc.

The venue I am in now is not air tight but not unpleasant. I have covered my bases with four layers of clothing and a scarf. L’ escarp. I think that is the word. Asked a guy in a shop in Paris what the word was and he said ‘escarper’ but that was just the pronunciation. He didn’t seem fazed by my question. I did buy a lovely jumper in Paris. (Made in Bangladesh and its washing instructions were a plastic book attached onto side of the jumper.) So fine and soft and I tried on some pants but nothing was quite right. The shop assistants were not around so I had to make all my rash decisions alone.

The day was just perfect, and I was swayed by the romance of just being in Paris. I loved it and I want to go back and spend more time in France in general.

 

 

 

 

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

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.