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Feb 9, 2019 - 90 days to go!

The days are counting down! I first thought of doing this trip over a year ago and slowly, all the planning has come together and is nearly finished. The bulk of the 7 week trip will be taken up with a 35 day Evergreen Tour, incorporating both the east and west coasts of Canada, a little of southern Alaska and some of north-eastern North America. When the tour ends in New York, I will extend my holiday with another week or so in New York and a few days in Philadelphia. My good friend, Cheryl, will be with me for all of it except...

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Dec 19, 2018 - Melbourne

Melbourne 17 December Up early, not sure why, but we had to make sure the trailer and car were ready to be returned. Carolyn arrived home from Her trip to Bali looking very relaxed and tanned. She joined us for breakfast, caught up with we had all been doing and then we packed up and hit the road for Melbourne. So, back once again onto the Hume Highway and headed south. A couple of hours later we arrived in Pakenham and met up with Kellie (Melbourne Campertrailer Centre) to hand back the trailer. It was great to catch up with Kellie again,...

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OZ and Tassie

Sep 27, 2018 - The last leg to Melbourne

We left Canberra, Australia’s capital city, and started on the last leg of our trip. We headed south along the Pacific coastline to our end destination of Melbourne. Aussies pronounce it Melbn, not Melburn. We enjoyed a fun little visit at a koala bear reserve. As we strolled under the groves of eucalyptus trees we strained our necks looking up at all the koalas. During the day they are quite sedentary just sleeping and lounging around posing for the tourists. As we turned the corner at the bottom of Australia we headed west along what is...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Bonjour, bonjour, bonjour!

Bonjour mes amis, I feel a little bonjour-ed out at the moment. I went for my walk a little later this morning as I wanted to be alone in my green paradise. However, while I knew that the local school was having a fun walk and ride today I didn't know what time it started nor its route. Well, I know now. I met so many walkers with their dogs and riders on the path and was happy at first to exchange pleasantries. Then I became a little tired of the constant "bonjour" and smiles. (How terrible must I sound to be tired of friendliness?) But I...

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Summer 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - Montreal

Hi all, I've had quite the adventure in the last few days. Flying from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi, to Paris then to Montreal was long but not too bad. I was certainly ready for a shower by the time I'd walked from the train. When I was transitting Paris I rang my internet provider to reconnect as I do each time I come to France but I was informed that they no longer provide a service that can be suspended and re-activated, so that posed a serious problem that I'll have to address quickly. As always, Penelope had planned a number of activities...

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Summer 2018

Jun 3, 2018 - Preparing to leave Melbourne

Hi friends, I'm preparing to leave Melbourne on Wednesday 6th June to travel first to Montreal for a few days and then on to France for three months. I intend to make regular entries in my trip journal that will be shared with you. If you no longer want to receive the email alerts, please let me know and I will remove you from the list. Cheers, Jude

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Summer 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - Australian field notes

Australia is a huge, complex country. Two months was not enough time. Australians are as friendly as they come. Self-depreciation is a big part of the humor. There is an equalitarian tradition. That tradition may be eroding. For example, we were told not to tip. Yet we saw plenty of tip jars. Old hands insisted they should be empty tip jars. Like America, Australia is experiencing a huge inflow of non-white immigrants. A major debate seems to be how Australia will adjust from being modeled on British norms - or if it will or should...

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Second Time Around

Apr 21, 2018 - Football 1, Pokies 0

Our last evening in Adelaide, I explored the train station casino. As expected, it had rows of horrible slot machines. I don't mind a simple video poker machine, but these are the obnoxious multi-line machines resembling video games. I chose not to play. I watched punters lose big at roulette and baccarat. I didn't quite understand baccarat so I asked a pit boss to explain it to me. I told him I played craps and poker at home. "We had a craps table," he said, "but we took it out. Not enough players. Australian gamblers aren't smart enough...

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Second Time Around

Apr 6, 2018 - fly to Melbourne

A flight of less than an hour brought us from the green and rolling hills of Tasmania, to the flat and arid land of Victoria and its capital Melbourne. We love our hotel here, because we are in an apartment. We are doing a load of laundry as I write, a real treat for a traveller who moves every few days. It's hard to believe I am complaining about this, but we are a bit tired of eating out, even though the food has been great. It takes so long to find a restaurant and order when there's so much to see and the portions can be much too large....

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Feb 28, 2018 - Australia at last

When we walked in to the departure hall at Bangkok airport, my first reaction was a combination of dread and panic. The layout was eeriely like that of Delhi, where two years ago we were denied boarding for our flight to Australia. I could easily imagine a repeat denial. It was complete relief to get boarding passes and check bags. Australia bound, at last. Nevermind that less than an hour later I screwed up our itinerary by buying tickets from Melbourne to Sydney, bypassing Canberra. I'd wanted to see Canberra. What I didn't do was look at...

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Second Time Around

Feb 27, 2018 - Marvellous Melbourne

‘Marvellous Melbourne’ was coined in the 1880s when, following the gold rush, it became the wealthiest city (per capita) in the world . Today it’s on track to overtake Sydney in population size and it’s been voted ‘the world’s most liveable city’ for the seventh year running by The Economist. For us it certainly lived up to its reputation. We relished the cultural and culinary delights, staying and spending time with Marianne’s school friend, Lou. You might notice a food and drink theme running through the pictures 𯘊.

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Feb 25, 2018 - The Great Ocean Road

We had a beautiful day driving along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. Our guide Adam was full of great stories and lots of interesting music from Australia. The day went very fast. We stopped at all the regular places along the road, seeing surfers, koalas iin the wild asleep, and beautiful seascapes. The Twelve Apostles rock formation was outstanding (we could only find eight). Loch Ard, site of the ship wreck, Was our favorite along the road. You could walk 99 steps down (and back up!) to the beach and sea caves and interesting rock...

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