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  • Day129

    Melbourne, day one

    February 17 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Getting into Melbourne was quite straightforward, buy a travel card, top it up with money, catch a train from Macedon and get off at one of the three central stations in Melbourne. The journey was only one hour. Getting around was not so straightforward, buses, trams, taxis and walking. It took us a bit of time to gauge the scale of the tourist map we were given, but got about successfully.

    Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest observation platform in the Southern Hemisphere. 88 refers to the floor number, there are 92 floors. It’s about 285m above ground, the lift takes 38 seconds. Part of the deck is an overhang of the building and has a glass floor. The floor has 360 degree view around Melbourne and the surrounding area. Each year there is a challenge to run up the 1642 steps, the record is currently just 7 minutes.

    After the Skydeck we walked along the river on to the Botanic Gardens and then past the (shut) Shrine of Remembrance. The river was busy with many teams out skulling I. For sand eights. The gardens were beautiful, made more so by the first day of sunshine and warmth that we had for over a week. There were many people sitting out in the late afternoon sunshine.

    We walked back to the train station along the “south bank” where there are bars and restaurants, this was far more how we expect a city to be, busy, vibrant and exciting.
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  • Day34

    Melbourne City

    January 4 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Um die Highlights von Melbourne zusehen, haben wir an einer guided-free-walking-Tour teilgenommen. 🏃‍♀️ 🌆
    Diese Tour haben wir gemeinsam mit zwei Mädels vom Bodensee gemacht. 😊
    Unsere Teamleiterin Lucy ist eine „local Melburnian“. Sie ist wahnsinnig stolz auf ihre Heimatstadt und erzählt uns mit voller Begeisterung die Geschichte von Melbourne. 📖
    Durch sie hatten wir die Möglichkeit auch versteckte Street Art und Restaurants zusehen. 🍽
    Nach der 3-Stündigen Tour besuchten wir einen außergewöhnlichen Laden, welcher bunte Käse- Toasts verkauft. 🍞❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
    Gegen Abend sind wir zu dem Eureka Skydeck gegangen, welches das höchste Gebäude mit knapp 300 Metern in Melbourne ist. 😱
    Innerhalb von 38 Sekunden hat man die 88. Etage erreicht und man hatte einen 360 Grad-Panoramablick auf ganz Melbourne. 🥰🌃
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  • Day21

    Aussie Miscellany

    February 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    We canned Canberra. We weren't getting many must-see's, then a Canberra native said... "Visiting administrative buildings...how exciting" 😝.  So back to Melbourne - familiar territory...relatively.  Handed back the rental car...incident-free! 2200 kms later.

    Driving Aus observations:

    Tiddly and well-kept homes and towns, even along the thoroughfares and thru the small out-of-way towns. Very different from small town America or even BC.

    No gas and dash protection. First time we went to fill up - nowhere to pay at the pump. So in we go to pay...  "Just fill up and come in after". Okay then.

    They're serious about safe driving down here...or are they? Safety signs everywhere,  regular passing lanes, good highways. But they do let you whip along....110 on highways and 80-100 on two-lane bumpy, windy roads 😯! It'd be 60 max at home.

    Queen Victoria statues and place names boast colonial history everywhere you look.

    Love the aboriginal art...dot paintings are amazing! Cool murals in the small towns too.

    Thought Melbourne would be a bit quieter with the tennis over and school back. Not so, on a summer Friday night after work. Can't see any recession from this view!
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  • Day22

    Melbourne again

    February 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Crazy weather across Australia...bush fires in Tasmania (telling people it's too late to leave, so go into a building), floods in Queensland, heat waves south and west Australia.  And cold extremes in North America and the U.K. 😳

    Melbourne today...36°. And we went cycling! After breakfast at our fave restaurant on Degraves street (the owner remembered these Canadians from 2 weeks ago...problem patrons? 🤔).

    Cruiser bikes from Freddy's rentals🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️ . What a bike path all along the Yarra River right from the centre of town! Rowing practice on the river all day long. Nice ride but the heat takes its toll. The beer stop 🍺 at Australian National Hotel was a welcome break. Fitzroy Park...lovely...for our picnic lunch.  Direct route back rather than the winding river path was way shorter. 

    Happy hour at our hotel lounge, then took advantage of our kitchen to have dinner in. We've had a good mix of dinners out and in, so not too restaurant-weary yet.
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  • Day3

    Melbourne

    February 2 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute lacht die Sonne 🌞! Jetzt freuen wir uns auf das Herren Endspiel am Australian Open 🎾! Unser Ausblick vom Hotelzimmer auf den Bahnhof und Yarra-River.

  • Day8

    First day around Flinders

    June 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Great day! Today I went to the inner city and it was gorgeous! It took a long time to get from east to the centre but it was all good eventually. While checking in using my Myki I saw this bloke hanging around. At the same time I noticed these girls not checking in (outrageous I know) I asked this fellow how often the officials would have check ups. He told me they rarely set foot on that tramline. I kept that in mind while I endeavoured to Flinders Street.

    A MERE FEW CENTURIES LATER, I finally arrived, and the city centre was at my own two feet.

    I walked about for just a tick to get a good general impression of the city. It looked stunningly beautiful. I walked past the bridge (which was equally stunning) to get a view of the Yarra, the river that floats upside down (because it's dirty). Having crossed the bridge, I quickly came across a museum; the national gallery of Victoria.

    I spent some time there, free of charge! They had great exhibitions, including a vast collection of European art. It was an impressive sight to behold.

    Afterwards I quickly paced through the city to obtain a glimpse of its vastness.

    Tomorrow I'll go for another round.
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  • Day40

    Foreign mates

    July 20, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today I went to a Meetup group to socialise. I taught them how to play Dutch card games. After that some of us went to a food stand for a bite. When we returned with the food some others wanted the same, so I showed them the way. The girl behind the counter was jolly and talkative so we got along well. I joked about how I expected a one dollar commission for every costumer that I'd bring along. We laughed and then she enthusiastically started to give me all types of special fried meats for free. It was the best.

    After the mall experience some of us bounced to the strip next to the Yarra for some drinks. Good fun.
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  • Day35

    Eureka Skydeck

    October 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We jump off the tram at stop 3 of the City Circuit route. All tram travel on and within this route is free so we haven't had to pay for any travel today.

    Within minutes we're shooting up, ears popping on the way, to the 88th floor to enjoy the views from the Eureka Skydeck. It's great, especially the outside part. It's good to get an overview of Melbourne and see how it fits together. We spend about an hour up here.

    Afterwards, we finish Sunday's abandoned lanes walk. This second half isn't as interesting as the first as it's mainly closed shops, with no bustling restaurant scene to enjoy.

    Dinner's at Quarter, in Desgraves Street, which is actually the very first Lane we explored the day before. We share a Trio Poutine : Southern fried chicken, pork belly and crispy beef. And enjoy the street atmosphere outside.
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  • Day226

    Melbourne 3.Tag

    April 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Gegen späten Vormittag sind wir heute losgezogen, um zuerst zum Shrine of Remembrance zu laufen. Ein Denkmal das für den ersten Weltkrieg erbaut wurde, mittlerweile aber Erinnerungsstädte für die gefallenen Soldaten aus allen auch nachfolgenden Kriegen. Schön zu sehen das die Kämpfer nicht vergessen werden.
    Vom Dach des Denkmals hatte man außerdem einen schon Blick auf die entfernte Skyline von Melbourne. Durch den Botanischen Garten ging es dann am Yarra River zurück in die Stadt, wo es nach einer Stärkung zum Shoppen ging. Die Männer liefen schon zum Eureka Skydeck und Heike, Mama und ich kamen nach der Shopping Tour nach, um aus dem 88 Stockwerk Melbourne im Dunkeln zu bewundern. 😍
    Begeistert von dem Anblick fuhren wir zurück zum Camping Platz. Morgen wird der Roadtrip fortgesetzt. 😊
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  • Day226

    Melbourne 2. Tag

    April 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück nahmen wir erneut den Bus in die Stadt, wo wir uns dann zunächst auf den Weg zum botanischen Garten machten, wo wir uns zuerst den Shrine of Remembrance anschauten, ein Denkmal, wo man unten im Keller alles über die Weltkriege erfahren konnte. Von oben auf dem Balkon hatte man eine gute Sicht über das umliegende Land und die Skyline.
    Nachdem wir dann durch den botanischen Garten spaziert sind, ging der Weg am Yarra River entlang zurück zum CBD, wo wir nach einem kurzen Mittagessen etwas shoppen waren.
    Pünktlich zum Sonnenuntergang fuhren wir dann hoch in die 88. Etage auf das Eureka Skydeck.
    Es war zwar annähernd den ganzen Tag bewölkt, doch zum Sonnenuntergang zeigte sich die Sonne nochmal kurz. 😁
    Später nahmen Christoph und ich einen Bus später zurück zum Campingplatz als die anderen, weil wir noch etwas Apple Cider am Ufer des Flusses zusammen tranken. 😊
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