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Kim’s Travel Diary

Monday, 25 Feb 2008

Location: Melbourne, Australia

MapJust love Australia - flight from Sydney to Melbourne cost just under 40.00 sterling and took just over an hour and yes, another time change. It is really hard sometimes to judge the size of this country and all the changes in climate, time and scenery. Every place is so different from desert to city.

Jeff managed to find me at the airport and all is well. On Saturday the weather was overcast and so we went up into the Yarra Valley and a look at the winerys. Just beautiful with the gentle sloping hills in the background and all these wonderful places to sit and drink wine - my idea of heaven!. Lunch was had at Moet - a small feast washed down with glasses of champagne, what more could a girl ask for on a miserable saturday in February. The rest of the weekend was spent driving around and just looking at the area around Melbourne including the Dandenong's. What a marvellous name for a group of hills!! It is really strange here as most of the place names are ones that I recognise from England - Sunbury, Torquay, Matlock. You do not have to know any history to work out where the orginal settlers came from, there is even a Mansfield and I have to say, prettier than the UK version. The weather in Melbourne is also totally different from Sydney and at the moment colder. For anyone that comes here and decides to travel, bring your entire wardrobe, you need to be able to change from hot ot cold in a matter of moments.