The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

November 13, 2014 by David Herd

Corner Swanston & Flinders St

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Melbourne City cold windy even though it was November 2nd and the sky was blue, some of the time at least. It was the start of Melbourne Cup week and the city was crowded with horse racing enthusiasts.

Melbourne City

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Tram travelling along in Swanston St in the Melbourne City.

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Federation Square

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

This is certainly not one of my favorite buildings, looks more like a bomb shelter to me. ūüôā In 2009, Virtual Tourist awarded Federation Square with the title of the ‘World’s Fifth Ugliest Building’. Criticisms of it ranged from its damage to the heritage vista to its similarity to a bombed-out war-time bunker due to its “army camouflage” colours. A judge from Virtual Tourist justified Federation Square’s ranking on the ugly list claiming that: “Frenzied and overly complicated, the chaotic feel of the complex is made worse by a web of unsightly wires from which overhead lights dangle.” It continues to be a “pet hate” of Melburnians and was recently discussed on ABC’s Art Nation.

Melbourne City horse & buggy

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Is it just me who thinks horses & buggy’s look out of place in a city environment? Whether it’s Melbourne City or New York City I really don’t think they add any charm. Sure in Central Park NYC or Melbourne’s park-lands they blend in and are a great attraction.

Horses banned from city May 2017

Melbourne City cold windy 2014 Horses banned from city May 25th 2017, read all about it here.

Swanston St

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

A lazy Sunday in Swanston St.

Famous explorers

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Burke & Wills were probably Australia’s most famous explorers.

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

No better place to have a coffee break than Starbucks.

Flinders St Station

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne City, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street.

Did I mention how cold it was?

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Well it was damn cold & windy but these babes were not concerned at all.

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Her Majesty's TheatreHer Majesty’s Theatre is a 1,700 seat theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Built in 1886, it is located at 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. It is classified by the National Trust of Australia and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. I saw LES MIS√ČRABLES in Covent Garden in London and was rather disappointed. The following day I saw Jersey Boys and loved it.

Melbourne City skyline

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

Blue sky and freezing cold in Melbourne today.

Crown Casino on the Yarra river

Melbourne City cold windy 2014

The famous Yarra river runs right alongside the city.

Old friends Inge & Geoff Drucker

Lupino Melbourne CityWe worked out that is was 27 years since we last saw each other. It was great to catch up at Lupino in Flinders Lane and chat about old times.

Thanks for visiting my Melbourne City cold windy 2014 photo blog.

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Click here to see Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

 

Click here for my post on Dromana.

 

After Melbourne I flew to the Gold Coast to thaw out

 

 
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Mornington Peninsular Victoria

November 6, 2014 by David Herd

Karina Vineyard

 Mornington Peninsular Victoria, I stayed with old friends Helen & Jack on their beautiful 20 acre property in Dromana  & sampled many great home grown wines. The property next door is Stillwater where you can arrange a luxury wedding or birthday celebration.

Here is where it all starts.

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Mornington peninsula s a popular holiday destination, famous for its beaches,  wineries & outdoor activities.

Man at work

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Here is Jack hard at work.

Here is where we drink a lot of wine.

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

 

What a beautiful setting, life is very good here.

Just to prove, here I am with Jack. ūüôā

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Here we are sampling the product.

I’m with the resident horse

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

What a fabulous sculpture, of course Helen is an absolute horse fanatic.

From my bedroom window.

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Quite a different outlook for a city boy like myself.

Lets do lunch

Mornington Peninsular Victoria An Aussie BBQ is hard to beat. ūüôā

Old friend from the 70s

Mornington Peninsular VictoriaHere is Jan Graves an old girlfriend of mine from 1974, that’s right 1974, I had not seen her for 40 years.

Jan Graves & Helen Burke

Mornington Peninsular VictoriaHelen who along with Jack owns this lovely property was my girlfriend in 1982, It has been around 20 years since I last saw her. It was terrific to catch up with these great ladies from so many years ago.

Here are the girls as they used to be

Melbourne 1974      Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Jan in 1974                                                Helen in 1982

T’Gallant winery.

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Helen & I had lunch & a glass of wine here at this delightful winery.

T”Gallant Wine tasting

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

There was quite a crowd tasting the product.

A butcher who also sells wine.

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

Red Hill Gourmet Meats & Country Smokehouse

Mount Martha in the background

Mornington Peninsular Victoria  Mornington Peninsular Victoria is a fabulous part of Australia.

Mount Martha beach

Mornington Peninsular Victoria

The Mornington Peninsular Victoria is primarily a local tourist region, with popular natural attractions such as the variety of beaches both sheltered and open-sea and many scenic sights and views. Other popular attractions include the various wineries, mazes and the diverse array of water sports made available by the diversity of beaches and calm waters of Port Phillip and Western Port. Most visitors to the peninsula are residents of Melbourne who camp, rent villas and share houses or stay in private beach houses. It is known simply as “The Peninsula” to locals and Melburnians alike, giving rise to the expression “going down the peninsula”.

The iron horse

Mornington Peninsular Victoria What a great garden ornament, Helen loves her horses.

Wonderful catching up with old friends

Mornington Peninsular Victoria It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since I last saw Jan.

Helen & Jack were great hosts.

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Melbourne Australian football fanatics

October 6, 2014 by David Herd

AFL or Australian Football

Australian footballAustralian football fanatics is an understatement, ten days ago on Saturday September 27 2014 100,000 people were at the MCG for the grand final. Sadly for me Hawthorn smashed my beloved Sydney Swans. The Swans did win the flag in 2012 & 2005, this post focuses on my trip to Melbourne in 2006 for what we Aussies call an Australian football fanatics weekend escape.

Another incredibly busy year in 2006 for travel including Belem at the mouth of the mighty Amazon , Fortaleza on the north coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Cabo Frio & another great trip to Tuscany & Portofino.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne Cricket Ground or the MCG is the home of Australian football.¬†Until the 1970s, more than 120,000 people sometimes crammed into the venue ‚Äď the record crowd standing at around 130,000 for a Billy Graham evangelistic crusade in 1959, followed by 121,696 for the 1970 VFL Grand Final. Grandstand redevelopments and occupational health and safety legislation have now limited the maximum seating capacity to approximately 95,000 with an additional 5000 standing room capacity, bringing the total capacity to 100,024.

David Herd & Ross Kennedy at the MCG.

David Herd Australian footballWith my good friend Ross Kennedy at the “G” to watch a game of Australian football.

Going to Telstra Dome for Australian football

Melbourne Australian footballRoss Kennedy with¬†Mariana’s nieces & brother Steven Vasiljevic.

Melbourne parliament house

Melbourne parliament houseParliament House in Melbourne, located at Spring Street in East Melbourne at the edge of the Melbourne city centre, has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, since 1855.

East Melbourne near the MCG.

East Melbourne park

 Flinders St Station

Flinders St Station Melbourne
Flinders Street is served by Metro’s suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland. It is the busiest station on Melbourne’s metropolitan network, with some 92.6 million passenger movements recorded in 2011/12.

It was the first railway station in an Australian city and the world’s busiest passenger station in the late 1920s.

The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Melburnian idiom “I’ll meet you under the clocks” refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the time-tabled time of departure for trains on each line; another idiom, “I’ll meet you on the steps”, refers to the wide staircase underneath these clocks. Flinders Street Station is responsible for two of Melbourne’s busiest pedestrian crossings, both across Flinders Street, including one of Melbourne’s few pedestrian scrambles.

St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

St Paul’s Cathedral MelbourneSt Paul’s Cathedral is built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836.  Soon afterwards a small wooden chapel was built elsewhere, and the area became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the building of the bluestone St Paul’s Parish Church.  Consecrated in 1852, this Church was used until 1885, when it was demolished to make way for the present Cathedral.

Religion in Australia is diverse¬†but the country is predominantly Christian with, in an optional question on the 2011 Census, 61.1% of the Australian population declaring some variety of Christianity. Historically the percentage has been far higher and the religious landscape of Australia is changing and diversifying.¬†¬†Also in 2011, 22.3% of Australians stated “no religion”, and a further 8.55% chose not to answer the question.¬†The remaining population is a diverse group which includes Buddhists (2.5%), Muslims (2.2%), Hindus (1.3%), Jews (0.45%) and¬†Sikhs (0.3%).

 Australia religion Census

 Melbourne skyline

Australian football Melbourne

If it was Bangkok it would be a coup.

Swanston St MelbourneNot Bangkok just Swanston St Melbourne, the weekend warriors having a parade.

Federation Square

Federation square MelbourneFederation Square in Melbourne, is a mixed-use development covering an area of 3.2 hectares and centred around two major public spaces: open squares and one covered, built on top of a concrete deck above busy railway lines. Located on the corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne

Federation Square

Federation Square

The Yarra River

Yarra River MelbourneThe lower stretches of the river is where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835 and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches. I hope you have noticed that¬†Australian football is not the only attraction in Melbourne. ūüôā

Yve 576-578 St Kilda Road

St Kilda Rd

The Botanical Hotel 169 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Botanical Hotel South YarraThis is one of my haunts from the old days living in Melbourne, not the same anymore (what is?) too modern & noisy now.

Melbourne friends

Australian football MelbourneRoss & Mariana Kennedy, two of her brothers & Nicole White.

Ross, Mariana & I leaving Melbourne

Australian footballAfter a super weekend of  Australian football we head back home to the Gold Coast.

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Click on the photo below for my post on living on the Gold Coast in 2006.

Click on the photo below for when I lived in Melbourne in the 70s.

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