34 days to go......
16.11.2013 - 17.11.2013 22 °C
This blog was originally created to keep in touch with friends and family while away from home for 5 weeks........ Since we have had lots of questions from friends planning travel to the USA and through discussions with strangers we met along the way, we realised perhaps others may get something out of reading some of our information.
We hope you find the information entertaining and helpful, if there are any questions, please don't hesitate to post a comment asking. Please keep in mind the thoughts, reflections and recommendations on this blog are our personal ones, everyone finds different value in different things.......ours were what we thought and may not match with yours.
We're coming to America!
We have everything booked and ready to go, we are on countdown!
First stop Melbourne!
The First stop of our trip included a night in Melbourne. This was part of the flights package so we thought we would have a night exploring the city. We have seen the amazing ocean road and Phillip Island but we have never done more than pass through Melbourne city before.
On our way to Melbourne!...
Our B&B Accommodation in Richmond.
This was a cute little place to stay, it was a short walk to Bridge Street shopping strip and central to everywhere we wanted to visit. The beds were like sleeping on a cloud!
What better place to start exploring than St Kilda.
As you can see it was unseasonably cold for a November afternoon, but it is Melbourne, all seasons in one day is to be expected.
While Luna Park in Melbourne is a great place to visit, I cant help but compare it to the Sydney version. I grew up visiting Luna Park in Sydney as a special treat, this was the ultimate night of excitement for my nine year old self! The atmosphere and character of Luna Park in Sydney is, in my opinion, more vibrant and alive than in Melbourne. However, Luna Park in Melbourne is a historic location and this can be felt in it's presence. The roller coaster that surrounds the perimeter of the park is full of character and managed to entice me onto it for a ride. Those of you who know me know that this is a major achievement as rides with drops and dips are not my favourite past time. There is a driver that stands while riding the roller coaster, which provided me with a false sense of security, I thought that is he can ride standing, the dips can't be that bad. Boy how wrong I was! If you are not a roller coaster fan like me, don't be fooled into thinking this one is any different than the rest.
Eureka sky deck
The tallest building in Melbourne!
Part of this adventure included going out onto a glass ledge/room and looking out and down from the tallest building in Melbourne.
If you are afraid of heights like a couple of us...... don't be, this experience really is worth a go. It isn't as bad as we anticipated.
Fun facts to know about the building is ;
The building stands 297 metres in height, with 91 storeys above ground.
It is the 50th tallest building in the world.
It is also the second-tallest building in Australia and the tallest building in Melbourne