Category Archives: Melbourne, Victoria

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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Journeying

We love this travel stuff. The early morning wake-ups after a night of fitful sleep. I thought I had set my alarm but actually hadn’t and did not realise until I have been up half an hour and it had not gone off. But there was no trouble, due to my magnificent organisational skills. We left the house at around 4:00am and picked up travelling buddy No. 3. Once at the airport we swanned into the Qantas Club and I had a lovely bowl of Muesli and a cup of tea.  The wait there was only an hour or so.

Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport

Our flight to Melbourne was uneventful, so was my attempt to photograph the Ukrainian Antonov aircraft parked on the apron of the airport with spotlights under it highlighting the three engines on each wing. Fascinatingly to me, I had watched it land, streamed by @tweetperth live through Twitter.  Really felt like a modern woman in that moment. Colossal machine. Most impressive.

Our next moment was arriving in Melbourne, grabbing our bags because there didn’t seem to be an option to check them through to Hobart at the bag drop in Perth. We didn’t ask anyone of course because, we didn’t care, and we had enough time in Melbourne to collect them and re-drop them for the next leg of their journey.

Back to the Qantas Club and more food.  Had a lovely salad with ham, pineapple, broccoli and Beetroot and potato Salad.  I added a sprinkling of chia seeds for added fibre and that was followed by two cups of tea and wait for it, a Brownie!

Now I do eat sweets, I admit it. However, I love Brownies when they are made well, and if you have ever had a Brownie from the #Qantas_Club before, you would understand. They really are quite special.

The Brownie!
The Brownie!

Melbourne – more meets and greets.

Last full day in Melbourne and I had a lovely gentle time.  Went into town to meet a very long standing famy friend who lives here and frequents the west to see other family members. She is a wonderful woman whose easy, nature is so welcoming.  Its great to see her, our vists are often short but she is someone I really enjoy spending time with.

We met “under the clocks” – just like the olden days before mobile phones.imageWe then walked towards the river and around to the right and down some stairs towards the water. We went to a very long cafe/bar called the Abory.imageimage

We sat and chatted and ate, watched people and ducks and shags and cyclists, trees and the water.

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It was a great catchup.  The train back was uneventful, managed to walk straight to the 5th Platform for the Upfield line and got off at Moreland and walked home.  I arrived just as my friends with whom I was stay, arrived home. They  were back from the #Great_Victorian_Bike_Ride. Their routine was to eat around 5pm due to the number of calories they were burning.  They needed feeding.  So they were not home long before we headed out to Tiba Restaurant in Sydney Road, Brunswick for tea.

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Beautiful food. I really like this place.  We then drove into town and I left the party there and checked into the Wyndham Hotel for the night.  I was on a reconnaisance  trip to see what it had to offer.

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Not a bad spot.  The location is good.  Heaps of restaurants in the area.  A block and a half to Bourke Street. A convenience store across the road in Little Bourke St and a supermarket one block away just to the right on the next street down (Spencer Street) 800 metres away.  Lovely.

More tea cosies!

Caught the train to Ormond via Flinders Street Station.  I was met at Ormond station by my lovely friend L, who then took me to the farmer’s market and we bought some veggies.  The next stop was the cafe pictured above, where we had poached eggs with dhukka on toast and I added bacon and tomato. After brunch we returned to her home in Ormond.  Its a lovely area, well established and plenty of trees.image

The day was very mellow, and after cups of tea and chats, we hung out the washing and toddled off to the shops to check out the sale at Myer.  Nothing interesting in the manchester department, however we needed a Christmas tree and some deccies. After the shopping, home again, washing folded and inside, then home.

Louise drove me to the Caulfield train station and I caught the train to Southern Cross station, changed platforms and caught the train to Moreland station.

The return journey was interesting.  I must have a trustworthy face.  I was asked by 3 people if they were on the right platform.  Turns out two were not.  I had the PTV app on my phone and was able to help each of the people who asked.  I then got into a long convo with a Chinese girl from mainland China about her Masters in Finance exam which lasted 6 hours!!! Her parents chose the major for her and she said she had no idea, so it seemed ok. But after a while she started to find it interesting and now thinks it was a good idea after all. Nice kid.

Another good day. 🙂

Bunyip Cafe, South Melbourne Markets, Train/Tram Rides

Bunyip Cafe
Bunyip Cafe

After my time with Andrew at the Bunyip – I left and toddled to the South Melbourne Markets. imageI was on a mission and needed to buy a wallet from the Russian twins who had had the stall for years.  We had been there before and bought wallets.  Easy manner and good knowledge of his stock. I used facebook video chat to check with my he buyer that I had the right one.  My Russian friend helped with the turning etc to show off the potential purchase.  It worked – yes that’s the one. Another sale.

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After that I looked around for my secret santa gift for the family lunch. I have now bought 3 things I like and can only part with one of them. Sigh. And that will be a stretch.

I had to renew my Myki card which had expired – but the remaining 35 cents was transferred to the new card and I have been leaping on and off trains and trams all week.  Its pretty easy going into town and back from Coburg and most of my previous knowledge was correct, and when it wasn’t I fixed it.

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I have had a great time catching up with people and eating good food.

 

 

Melbourne

Got paranoid about my one and a half hour drive from Tascott to the airport so even though I considered 6am kickoff as being adequate – I did not sleep as well as I have so was awake several times during the night.  I had set my alarm for 5:30 but woke around 4:15am.  I decided it was better to be there hours early than to arrive too late or to hit peak hour traffic. Local reports are that there are people who commute everyday from the same areas so leaving at 6am would be a good idea.

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The house in Tascott

I started out at around 5:15 and drove towards the M1 Motorway.  The speed on the motorway is 110 for most of it and it drops to 90 and 80 in parts.  The cars act as if there is a race on and they thunder down the four lanes with speed and conviction. I tried setting my cruise control but it didn’t last long.  Cars in front were slower or trucks and I was continually adjusting and going around vehicles in an attempt to stay at the constant speed.

Arrived at the airport around 7am after having filled up the car and returning it.  Did the bag drop and went through security – got bomb residue tested and then went to the Qantas Club to relax.  Had a bowl of toasted muesli and a couple of cups of tea.  Decided the cups are too small, so I always make two now, with the one teabag.  Then I stack them to take them to where I am sitting. I was in the lounge for about 3 hours so was able to do all that I needed to using the wifi there.  Got to check my email and blogs and then I blogged more and ate more and just vegged.

Flew to Melbourne – hilariously short flight – one hour and five minutes.  Had a wonderful spinach and cheese Pide – so hot, so yummy.  Very tasty and just enough. I managed to get one movie in and this time it was Anne Hathaway and quite a light movie but interesting and it was gentle and easy and heartwarming. image

M collected me from the airport and I did not have to collect a car and it was lovely having someone at the gate.  I dont mind when there isn’t but I enjoyed having the meet and greet.

Weather here is cooler than I have experienced for the last two weeks but its not horrible.  Feeling pretty tired now after all the relly seeing.  It really has been good though catching up with so many.  I really think my family is well worth spending time with.

Drove around Melbourne to do some errands today and took a few shots of buildings and places we passed. Here they are.

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Villier St North Melbourne
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Villier St North Melbourne
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Victoria Street, Richmond
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This bridge has been used to cross the Yarra since before WWII at Chandler Highway
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Bridge Road Hawthorn

 

Los Angeles to Melbourne to Perth – Day 43 of 43

We moved out of the WorldMark Suites at around  9:00am and moved into the Hilton Garden Inn across the road from the Qantas Freight area at LAX.

LAX from our hotel window.
LAX from our hotel window.

Stayed for the morning then off to the Westfield at Culver City where we shopped and had lunch.

Westfield, Culver City, Long Beach LA
Westfield, Culver City, Long Beach LA

Then back to the hotel in the afternoon and evening. We were lucky enough to arrive early enough for breakfast.

Left LAX around 10:30pm on Saturday.  The flight was 14.5 hours and then we landed in Melbourne. Got two movies in, St Vincent, and Hot Pursuit.  The second one was a popcorn movie – my classification, derived from the assumption that you could eat popcorn all the way through, even crunching over dialogue, and it would not detract from the conversation on screen.  Good fun, not very credible but it was entertaining. image The other was terrific with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, also Naomi Watts was enjoyable as a grumpy Russian prostitute. In fact it had a surprising, high quality cast,  and I would recommend it.image

All good fun.  Business Class is fun too.  See you all soon.  Boarding in two minutes. Catch ya out west.