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European holiday: Escaping the winter

(I am prone to do long overly-detailed blog posts about my holidays, perhaps more for my benefit and enjoyment than yours. Here's the first instalment. This post is backdated. Published 26/7/2017) This holiday was a long time coming. Co-ordinating with my sons (including university holidays) and work and M and relatives, let alone getting the money together, took some time... in fact it would b

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UK/Belgium holiday in planning

Very busy the last few weeks, which is why the blog has been so quiet. Long-time readers would know that I like to write about my interstate and overseas holidays in almost excruciating detail. Well brace yourself for another one - I've got a European holiday in planning for later this year. It's looking like England, Wales, and Belgium, with catching up with various family scattered around

Bentleigh, Culture, News and events

Halloween approaches

Just after I moved to my current address, I noted that some of the local kids went Trick Or Treating for Halloween. It's been the same in subsequent years, and I fully expect the same next week. I've decided that while I'm not into cultural imperialism and the adaption of American traditions to Australia, this is something I'm happy enough to support on the basis that it's a good way to meet so

Perth 2012

What to see in Perth?

Off to Perth for a brief holiday next month. (As usual I won't be too specific about dates; this slightly hysterical article in Sunday's Age, and its accompanying graphics, was a reminder that it's not advisable to advertise when you're going to be away from home.) What should we see around Perth and southwest WA? Suggestions so far, from my aunt (who lives there) and others: Kings Park

Brisbane 2011

Brisbane day 5 – Surfers Paradise

Wednesday 5th October The first job was to return the hire car. Similar to the circuitous route filling it up the night before, due to the one way streets, this involved a 750 metre drive (Google Maps estimated time: 4 minutes), and then a 170 metre walk back (estimated: 2 minutes). Turning out of Raff Street I also needed to remember the counter-intuitive instruction to Keep Right. The plan

Brisbane 2011

Brisbane day 4 – can you identify the animal?

Tuesday 4th October It was time to go bush. We picked up a booked car at Europcar (around the corner from the hotel, though it turned out Thrifty was also close-by) and after some negotiating of central Brisbane's one way streets, found the Pacific Motorway. One way streets don't affect one as a pedestrian, but certainly make themselves obvious in a car. It's not something I think about in M

Brisbane 2011

Brisbane day 2

Sunday 2nd October We started off with a walk around Brisbane's CBD, heading down and around Queen Street Mall to look around the shops (nothing staggeringly surprising). Being the PT geek that I am, I guided us down into one of the underground bus stops I'd encountered on my only previous visit to Brisbane in 1988, when they must have been relatively new. Back then I seem to recall the routes

Brisbane 2011

Brisbane day 1

Saturday 1st October It's probably almost inevitable that when leaving on an interstate holiday, you will head for the airport and reach the point of no return before remembering some vital thing you've left behind. In my case, it was medication -- sitting on the bedside table at home -- which is prescription-only and for which I didn't have the paperwork. Happily I was able to convince my sist

Inverloch 2010

A short break in Inverloch

Got back yesterday from a few days in Inverloch. We rented a house near the beach with my sister and her family. Sunday Drove down as sorry, but even V/Line's new improved services only provide 3-4 services a day. Anyway we had lots of stuff to carry. Stopped at Korumburra for lunch at the Kelly bakery (not sure what Ned Kelly's link to Korumburra is), and checked out the tourist railway but