Melbourne Apr 26, 2010
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
78Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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Paul and Claire's Pad
Whilst Issy was with Zoe, we travelled on into Melbourne where we had invited ourselves to stay with Liz’s second cousin Claire and her family
Aidan was in sports heaven with loads of Aussie rules football, rugby and soccer on the TV. Us boys had a real treat as Paul took us to an AFL match between Geelong and Carlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 72000 Aussie rule nutcases. It is the first time the rules have been explained to me, (yes, there are some!) and I have to say it was brilliant. The game is very fast moving with lots of action and goals at both ends. The players are extremely fit and physically as hard as nails. Not the sort of guys you would fancy having an argument with! Issy and Liz spent a wonderful day with Claire visiting art galleries and ice skating!
After Anzac Day the weather changed and so we decided to spend more time around Melbourne instead of travelling down the Great Ocean Road for a couple of days. We figured that it would not be much fun in the rain and Liz and I had seen it before. At these times we generally say "No worries, it will leave us something to come back for!" We travelled a little down the Mornington Peninsula and then visited the fantastic Melbourne Museum in the city
On our last night we went out for a meal with Paul and Claire down “little Italy street” called Lygon St. in Melbourne and were bombarded with offers of free bottles of wine to entice us in to the establishment. This was too good to be true and as we settled in to our pastas and pizzas at the restaurant, whose woman on the door was the pushiest, and therefore successful in gaining our business which subsequently was rewarded by 2 bottles of free red Shiraz. I’ve had much worse although it did leave a dull ache in the morning!
Staying with locals gives you a different aspect to a city and we were lucky to have been treated exceptionally by our hosts. We left thinking that Melbourne could be a place that we would all feel relaxed in and happy to live there. Who knows what might happen in the future!