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26.06.2008 59 °F
Another travel date, another State in Australia, Victoria. Here it is really easy to say my mantra of “I have arrived, I am home” as this was home for many happy years. The three hour flight from Cairns to Melbourne was pain free. Although the plane was not equipped with those personal videos sets Annie has come to like so much it was still an easy trip. Ian Grubb, a friend and previous business client, picked us up at the airport and after suggesting we rug up drove us into the city. Seemed a bit silly as the temperature was warmer than the Oregon summer we left.
The Melbourne skyline has exploded with new high rise apartment buildings in the past three years. The downtown section was the same lovely mix of late Victorian sandstone buildings in shades of ochre, devon cream and chalky white. The Westin, sitting smack dab in the middle of the CBD, prides itself on being an oasis of calm and it lives up to its aspirations. The room had the largest marble bathroom we have seen on this trip, not to mention all sorts of interesting buttons, switches and lighting devices. Definitely could get spoiled here!
But no time for that as tonight is the Game On exhibit at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Imagine, as no photography is allowed, a long hall filled with all your favourite video games starting with Pong and going through to Wii. I looked vainly for “Spyhunter” a personal favourite from years back but no luck; must be a Wahoo only game. We stayed until almost closing time and then back to the hotel and collapse into the “Heavenly Beds”. Ahhhhhhhh.
WOTD: rug up = put on your coat, scarf, hat and glove to ward off the chill.