Sydney part 2

So my trip to Sydney is done and I’m back home in a slightly chilly Perth.

The training course was pretty intense and by the last day my brain was not taking in any more information – was so glad to be heading home.

Interesting things about Sydney.

1.  Double decker trains.  brilliant idea – fit twice the number of people on the train.  Perth, listen up.

2.  On the trains, the seat backs could be moved so you can always sit in the direction of travel  Another good idea.

3.  The coffee was pretty good.

4.  The harbour bridge is brown

5.  The opera house was a bit smaller than I thought but looked lovely in the sunset

6.  Darling harbour is pretty at night, but lacks character

7.  You can’t buy a pint – only schooners, which are just over 1/2 a pint.  meh!

8.  The traffic was terrible

9.  The taxi drivers are nuts.

Which leads me on to the ride from the airport to the hotel when I first got there.

The guy was a psycho.  I should have realised he accelerated over the speed bumps and practically ran other cars off the road and that was before we left the ramp out of arrivals.    He was basically full on the throttle until just before the point of a fatal crash when he hit the brakes as hard as he could.  I think he hit the speed limit on the way out of the airport and then back outside the hotel – other than that, warp nine all the way

He drove like a madman, but I suspect, given his nationality (which I won’t mention), this may just be the way he was taught.    How we got to the hotel without killing someone or dying in a fireball I will never know – I was so scared my hands were dripping with sweat.  Ferrari would be wise to seek him out for next years Grand Prix season.

Anyway – work, beer, food, wine, train, rinse, repeat.

Except for one evening, where I popped out to get a pic of Darling Harbour all lit up.

Darling Harbour

Can’t wait to go back with the missus and a lot more time.

more of Melbourne

It’s just as well we went there last weekend – this weekend they’ve had torrential rain, golf-ball sized hailstones, wild wind and floods in the city! *eep* The news has been full of pictures of flooded streets and hail-drifts. Bloody hellfire!!

Anyways, just to rub it in for people who are visiting at the moment (and Ellie who lives there), here are some tasty photos – firstly, cityscapes

The first couple of days were a bit dull, so some of the photos are a bit on the grey side. Ah well.

Melbourne trip (part 3)

The last day we checked out of the hotel and with luggage safely stashed in the complimentary secure storage (thanks Swanston Hotel) we mooched back to Degraves St for some breakfast.

We pulled in at a really cool little oak-panelled cafe and had a gorgeous cooked breakfast and coffee’s, even though it was disgustingly expensive. But hey, its a holiday, and you have to do these things.

With full bellies, we walked off over St Kilda Rd bridge to the Botanical Gardens. They’re lovely, well maintained and almost deserted. A lovely mooch though the grounds later, we headed to the cafe for some much needed refreshment before heading back to the hotel for our bags and a cab back to the airport.

The airport managed to supply a rather nommy vegan lunch and we were on our way home. Getting back to 42 degrees was a bit much as it had barely topped 20 in Melbourne the whole time were there. Thats Perth for you :))

Had a lovely time, so much more to see for another time, which is exactly how you want to leave a place.

See you again soon, Melbourne.

we’re all going on a summer holiday

Well, when I say we, I mean Jay and I.

Due to the cost cost of the wedding and flights to have my kids over for Christmas, we didn’t have enough funds or time off to take a honeymoon straight after we got married.  So, after some deliberation and an evening checking out hotels and stuff, we’ve finally booked the trip

– a long weekend in Melbourne

I’m excited – it’ll be the first place outside the general Perth area I’ve been in Australia.

Melbourne is supposed to be pretty cool and I can’t wait to go now 🙂

So, if anyone that reads this blog hails from Melbourne – please give me some tips and suggestions for the not traditional tourist “must visits”

When I say not traditional – I don’t care about shopping or endless beaches (we have them over this side of the country too) – I care about the things that really make Melbourne and Victoria what it is.  We won’t have a car, so no expeditions to remote places – city limits or train journey only 🙂

And now, with the dulcet tones of Sir Cliff in my head, I’m off to dream of driving through Europe in a London Bus work