Posts Tagged With: Melbourne

Closer to Home

For the first time in 5 years we do not have an overseas trip planned for 2018.  This was a conscious decision but does not mean that we will not be holidaying.

We began early in the year with a long weekend getaway with friends in February.  We went to Ballandean near Stanthorpe and enjoyed a quiet and relaxing country weekend which included swimming in the river, a bushwalk and dining on local produce.

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The next of our short trips within Australia will be to Tasmania and is coming up soon.  This 6 day trip is my part of my ‘milestone’ birthday celebrations.  We will be spending 5 nights at a luxury Air BnB in the north-east of the island before heading south to spend a night in historic Richmond before flying out of Hobart.  We do not have any specific plans apart from having made a booking for dinner at a restaurant in Launceston on the night of my birthday.

Other plans include a week in Melbourne in August (visiting our daughter and an opportunity to see our football team playing) and a week at Mudjimba Beach for the Christmas/New Year break.

All of these domestic trips require very little planning but have plenty to plan for next year.  In April 2019 we are heading to Mauritius and I am currently researching travel options from Brisbane to Mauritius.  Our 2 choices seem to be via Perth or Singapore so we are thinking that we will probably go to Perth on the way there and home via Singapore with a couple of nights stopover in each direction.  The next question is how long to spend in Mauritius?  I am thinking about 10-12 days will be enough.

The trip to Mauritius will be a significant milestone as it will be the last holiday that we plan with consideration given to work commitments and annual leave as we both plan to retire from full-time work in July 2019.  This will leave us with an unlimited window for future travel.  Even though it is 15 months away, we are considering the possibilities of an extended trip to the UK and Europe in the second half of 2019.  As I know from planning our previous 6 week trips, you really need at least 12 months to research and plan a major trip.  So, I have begun reading and learning about some of the places we dream of visiting. The rough itinerary looks something like this – Scotland, England, Wales, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Italy in about 4 months.

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Marvellous Melbourne

A couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend in Melbourne.  We do not live there but have been there often enough to sometimes overlook some of the special sights in this city.

The purpose of our visit was to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.  Additionally, we timed our choice of weekend so that we could catch our football team playing at Ethihad stadium.  Sadly, it was not a good match to see as Essendon chose that night to give Port Power a football lesson.

We spent less 36 hours in this city and I tried to capture a few special views.

We walked a short distance along St Kilda Road from the city to the NGV.  I stopped and took these photos as we crossed the Yarra River.

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Early winter day as we walked through Carlton Gardens.

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Lunch at Hell of the North in Fitzroy.  It is a delightful French bistro nestled behind this unassuming facade.

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Local Fitzroy streetscape.

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Like cities all over the world, Melbourne has so much to offer and this post barely scratches the surface.  We will definitely be back again.

 

 

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Domestic Days

I haven’t lost the plot and posted on the wrong blog.  This post is about our domestic travel later in the year.

A few weeks ago we took advantage of a Jetstar sale to book our travel to Adelaide in November.  We are making it a long weekend and will be visiting my elderly mother-in-law as well as catching up with friends.

Yesterday we finalised our Christmas plans and have booked our airfares and accommodation for 6 days in Melbourne.  Our younger daughter lives in Melbourne so we have booked an apartment not far from where she lives.  We found it through Air BnB and it looks perfect for our needs.  A perfect spot.  Our elder daughter will be coming to Melbourne too, so it will be a family Christmas and holiday rolled into one.  What more could I want?

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