Hello!!!!!!! It has been too long! While I have been enjoying my time in Australia over that last two weeks, I have not forgotten about you! I have been reading all your blog posts silently while traveling along the Great Ocean Road. No big deal!
I have decided to recap each of the three cities the Bear and I visited in separate posts this week. Today we start with Melbourne, Australia. It was a long 17 hour flight from LAX to Melbourne, but every hour on the plane was worth Australia’s glory. It was absolutely magnificent! Once we landed, the Bear and I went exploring the city.
All of the photos were taken by the Bear, unless the Bear is in the photo!
Melbourne is a wonderful city. I just love the combination of modern and old world architecture.
All of the locals were young business people, who were absolutely fabulous.
Melourne is filled with little arcades and alley ways with endless amounts of dinning and shopping.
And I just love the Melbourne style!
After a little shopping, the Bear and I went to the Skydeck 88, where we could see the entire city.
A view from the Skydeck.
A view of the Skydeck and Yarra River. I later ran a few miles along this river.
Capturing the Bear in his natural form. :-) …And the picture he captured.
The following day, the Bear and I visited some Kangaroos on the way to Philips Island for the Penguin Parade.
They just wanted a bite to eat and maybe a little shade from the hot sun. That evening we arrived at Philips Island where little blue penguins waddle up the shoreline to lay eggs in burrows along the cliff-side.
Urban development began to destroy the penguins’ natural habitat. In an effort to resort the penguin population on Philips Island, they started to install little boxes like the one below. On any given night, you can see between 500 to 5,000 penguins at the parade.
In the picture above you can see the “stadium” for the penguin parade.
Although we weren’t allowed to photograph the parade, it looked a lot like the picture above. (picture source)
On our final day in Melbourne, we went on a tour of the Great Ocean Road to the 12 Apostles. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
I finally mastered the handstand without a wall! Sure, it may have only lasted a few seconds!We stopped at a few beaches and the rainforest before making our way to the 12 Apostles. The view at the 12 Apostles was breathtaking! Fun fact: there are only 9 apostles left due to erosion.
Just another handstand at Loch Ard Gorge! There always seems to be a love story behind the names of these ocean landmarks. This gorge is named after a ship called Loch Ard, where it was ship-wrecked, with only two survivors: Tom and Eva. It is said that Tom never married in his lifetime because he fell in love with Eva the night they were stranded together at the gorge.
Finally we went to the London Arch, which was formerly called the London Bridge before it fell down and stranded two young girls on the arch before they were rescued. Naturally, we couldn’t finish our time in Melbourne without another cool story!