Impressions of Australia 6

Melbourne, looking down at the top of the first floor lights in the mall connected to the Sofitel on Collins, rendered in oil via Corel Painting Essentials. I need to comment that the only reason I took this picture was because I had spent the day hanging around Leanne Cole. My only artistic objective in tagging around with her was to have her “eye” rub off on me. I didn’t seek any technical instruction, which was good, given that I forgot the battery charger for my DSLR and so was just using the compact.

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Here’s Maggie Island (I think) shot from the boat on the way back from our Great Barrier Reef tour.

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21 Food! (and setting) reasons to love Australia

Twas two days before Thanksgiving and the blogger was thinking about FOOD. Shopping and planning for the feast while reminiscing about food in Australia.

We ate lunch at one of the many restaurants by the river in Sydney:

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Near Bondi Beach we enjoyed lunch at a sidewalk cafe:

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P1060371After lunch, you could get a tattoo next door. My friend considered it. I did not. (I didn’t even get pierced ears until I was 30. (About a year ago. 😉 ))

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Looks like I had seafood again.

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In Melbourne, Leanne Cole and I split a basket of blueberry scones here:

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And of course, I had a flat white.

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Leanne then took us through more arcades and streets. At the end we saw DeGraves Street, which is closed to cars, lined by restaurants and filled with tables and heating lamps. We went back that night and had dinner at a tapas bar. We sat at a bench table inside as it was raining a bit, and just people watched. Since we accidentally ordered way too much food (tapas are supposed to be small plates!) we spent a few hours drinking champagne and lingering over the amazing food.

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The next day was epic! Leanne took us along The Great Ocean Road. We stopped for lunch in Lorne:

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where we all ordered the most amazing barramundi:

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I can’t leave out dessert! So here is a picture of a gelateria where we stopped to fortify ourselves with a couple scoops in Watson’s Bay, near Sydney.

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Watson’s Bay is stunning. On one side of this peninsula is the Pacific ocean:

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and on the other side is Sydney harbor:

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Watsons Bay

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Come back in a couple days for pictures of our Thanksgiving feast. In the meantime, enjoy life and bon appetit!