Family Christmas in Melbourne

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Aunty Rosa's & Aunty Pam's

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I knew that our visit to Melbourne would be a real highlight for me. Mainly because I would get to see my wonderful aunt, my 3 cousins and their wives and their 8 (yes 8!!) kids. I was so excited – I hadn't seen my cuzzies for 25 years. A lot can happen in 25 years!

It was incredible, the minute Matt picked us up at the airport it was like we’d known each other for ever. We chatted happily on our way to my aunt’s where Paul and I would be spending our first 10 days in Melbourne. Wow it was like going home to Mum. We were fussed and spoilt no end. I loved our long conversations which made me realise how similar my Aunty Roza and I are. It’s quite amazing to think that even though we’d hardly spent any time together in our lives, we shared similar convictions and values. We even sound the same!

We saw some amazing things in Melbourne but for me, the most memorable days will be the ones we spent at Mark’s house drinking wayyyyy too much wine and rum, chatting the nights away with Mark, Matt and the two lovely Lisas! It made me really wish we’d been brought up in the same country. Mark and Matt are a few years older than me, so I could really picture myself as a teenager hanging on to my two older cousins like a big giant octopus. 


Another great revelation was how amazing it is to have a bunch of kids hanging out with you. Granted all of my 8 second cuzzies are wonderful kids – each of them with their own sweet and unique character. Here are a few pics of the lovely munchkins. Toooooo cute!!










 We also spent a gorgeous day with my other cousin Sean and his beautiful wife Olia. They drove us 2 hours out of Melbourne to a fantastic island called Philip Island. It was absolutely brilliant. We first visited a heritage farm where we saw how things worked in the past. The best bit was seeing a working dog in action – a collie who has been trained to round up animals. There is something very hilarious about a dog chasing a turkey. Next up was the Koala sanctuary where we were lucky to find this lazy one in a great pose:






But the main even happened in the evening. We went to the beach and waited for the world’s smallest penguins to return from a couple of days’ fishing. We waited for an hour or so and just when the sun had set we saw the first group. About 20 tiny creatures huddled together peeking at the stretch of sand before them. The crossing from the sea to their burrows is the most dangerous journey the penguins have to take so it took a while before the penguins had the courage to cross the beach but when they did it was the cutest thing we have ever seen. We were so lucky in the spot where we sat as the penguins all congregated right next to us. Unfortunately, we have no photos of the event because the flash and the noise of the cameras spooks the penguins. It was a great day out, so thanks Sean & Olia!

Karen’s auntie was not the only auntie we met though. I also have an aunt in Melbourne. My auntie Pam has been in Melbourne for 33 years so she is practically a local. We spent Christmas with her which was lovely. She has this home helper (cause she is mainly house bound) called Arthur who is an old friend of hers. My god what a character he is! He is originally from Greece, but has lived in Melbourne for almost 50 years, yet he still has a strong Greek accent. He is 77 going on 7 and has the energy of a 17 year old. 



 On Christmas day he cooked us a whole lamb on the spit. It was delicious but way, way too much. We were joined by his lovely wife and daughter and we all sat in Pam’s garden and had our Christmas lunch. During the run up to Christmas I was moaning about the lack of snow and how it feels strange to spend Christmas in a hot country. Well during Christmas lunch I got my wish. 


 As we were finishing our 2nd or was it 3rd dessert?, it started hail and when I say hail it really pelted down. So much so that Pam’s garden was white. So I got my white Christmas after all! Pam had not seen weather like it in 33yrs of living in Melbourne. It was lovely spending time with my aunt and getting to know her better as it was with Karen’s wonderful family. They accepted me like their own, mainly because they are all as mad as me! Ha ha. I am so glad that we did come to Australia in the end. We had a great time with mates in Perth and now we had a lovely time with family in Melbourne.

This blog on Melbourne will be in two parts. This was the family blog, next up the blog on Melbourne as a city and our Great Ocean Road trip!

Love as always,

Paul & Karen xxx
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mom on

lovely read and great pic's



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