Day 9: Victoria, Australia – Bidding her farewell..

It has been a crazy 9 days of travelling, sight-seeing, eating & exploring of the beautiful region of Victoria, Australia.
This has been an amazing trip beyond my own expectations; for though I had the itinerary a week beforehand, it goes without saying that seeing it on the itinerary & actually experiencing it is a totally different story all together.

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I’m truly blessed to have had this experience. Even more so since this is my virginal trip to Aussie. I’ve got a personal guide, I travelled in comfort & I have all & any information I may need at the tips of my fingers via carefully selected brochures & a walking encyclopedia named Reiner Aderhold, who was an absolutely God-sent.

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Yes, admittedly I was exhausted at the end of each day; but looking back at it all, I guess this was simply because the Melbourne’s South East Touring Triangle of Yarra Valley & The Dandenong Ranges, Philip Islands & the Mornington Peninsular has so, so much to offer her visitors, and our 9 days barely unearthed half of her charm & secrets.

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The last quarter of 2010 was a windwhirl of intense pain & emotional breakdown for me. On the contrary, the 1st 2 months of 2011 has been astounding, with many sudden opportunities & self -discovery.
I couldn’t have asked for more, & now only seek to continue this path of being simply happy, with focus on my career, and appreciating the true friends that I have discovered; especially those who has stuck by me as I battled one of the lowest point of my life.

As I sat here in my hotel room on my last night in Melbourne, Victoria, I’m composing this short post as I pack; put together with some pictures; all in memory of my amazing experience so far.

The Melbourne architecture & culture has been an amazing eye-opening experience. Melbourne, and the areas within the region of Victoria is mesmerizingly beautiful.

Below: View from the 88th floor of the Eureka Skydeck.

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The buildings here are very well preserved, and each is different from the other, with its own story to tell.

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Melbourne is known for its art & culture. Even the streets are not spared!

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Even the public transportation here is “art”; perfectly maintained & looking picturesque.

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My journey through the South East Touring Triangle of Yarra Valley & The Dandenong Ranges, Philip Islands & the Mornington Peninsular introduced me to a whole new culinary escapade.

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taylors waterfront restaurant

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pizza

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Miss Marple’s Tea Rooms, Dandenong Ranges (19)

I walked vineyards, had educated tours of the winery & drank way too much wine! ;-)

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I had dinner on the Colonial Tram Restaurant.

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I played hard too; in exciting, once in a lifetime activities.

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I was at farms & conservation centres; and discovered a lot of nature & animals; as well as seen some that simply were not possible if I’m in any other country.

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Penguins, The Nobbies Centre, Philip Island-12

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I had my fun & sun too! ;-)

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I loved the fruit orchard & strawberry farm, where I tasted the most naturally sweet apricots, prunes, plums & berries.

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Rayner Fruit Orchard

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Melbourne pubs & bars has amazing vibe & great drinks!!
We were arranged to meet Michelle Matthews of Deck of Secrets, which is a travel guidebook that comes in a deck of 52 cards. She took us for a bar tour around Melbourne city & I was bowled over by the after-work culture here. Rooftop cinemas, open air bars & alley-lanes pubs were among our discoveries of the night.

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While Michelle Matthews showed us the night life, Fiona Sweetman, our “Hidden Secrets” guide educated us on the coffee culture of Melbourne. She was our companion for a beautiful morning walk around Melbourne city. We scoured the city lanes & alleys for the most captivating, quaint & best of Melbourne coffee culture & cafes.

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As expected, detailed posts on each of these adventures to come.. over the next few weeks to months! ;-)

So Aussie, don’t worry mate, I’ll see you again!

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