I recently had the privilege of visiting Melbourne, Australia. It is a lovely cosmopolitan city that has so much to offer. During my time there, I stayed at the Crowne Promenade Hotel which is part of a larger shopping mall that includes a casino, restaurants, food court, river walk, lots of shopping. The convention center was a short walk from the hotel. There was also a nice park and plenty of restaurants along the river walk leading to the convention center and hotel.
While there I was able to leave Melbourne and venture into it’s suburban surroundings. During this outing, I went to Sovereign Hill which is a replica town of what life would have been like during the gold rush years. Yes you can still actually dig for gold. Every so often someone gets lucky and finds a real gold nugget, but I did not!!!
After wandering around and sifting for gold, we had a lovely lunch at one of the restaurants, before heading to Black Cat Truffles to go truffle hunting. No I did not find any truffles. Both gold digging and truffle hunting are wonderful way to spend your time outside of Melbourne.
And of course, there was food, food and more food. Welcome parties, mingle parties, networking parties and of course a goodbye party. I look forward to my next trip to the region and this time I will stay a lot longer, because there is a lot more to see and experience. I will of course expand my trip by including New Zealand and likely Sydney next time. Its a long plane ride, so staying a while is a better choice. Good Day Mate!!!!
I have not posted in a while and so please forgive me. I will also post several new blogs in the next few days. I spent a good deal of the previous year traveling around the country and the world and I have enjoyed every single moment of it. I would like to share some of my memories from these travels with you. I hope I inspire you as much as you inspire me.
So I finally made it to Italy. It’s a place I’ve wanted to go for most of my life. I was in Milan, Bologna, Rimini and the Italian Coast. Portofino, Sante Magherita, Rapallo as well as a few other places. I loved the Italian Coast for its beauty, people and food. It is so charming, romantic, stunning and lovely!!!
While in Portofino, one of the hotels I stayed at was the Excelsior Hotel. A 5 star hotel located at the top of the hill with such a spectacular view, I could barely say goodbye to when it was time to leave. While you have a meal, you can take in the most magnificent ocean views.
I will never forget my time spent here and the wonderful, people, food, wine and time we had here. I will be returning to the Italian coast again later this year, but will check out different towns and villages next time. I suggest you get out there and see the world. Don’t worry about language barriers. Someone always speaks your language.
Before landing in Scotland, I stopped in London first for a few days. Unfortunately I did not get to spend as much time in London as I wanted. I missed my first day due to airline delays. I plan to return to visit this beautiful bustling city because it was so much I wanted to see and do, that I did not get a chance to do. I’ve already starting my planning to return to this wonderful city!! This was the view from my hotel.
There was fresh produce all around me. I visited some of the produce stalls that busy Londoner’s shop at when they want fresh reasonably priced produce. One thing I can say for sure is the food taste much better than the food we buy in America. It was purer!!
Sorry to say I wasn’t in London long enough to figure out and master the Tram system. It is on my To Do List when I return.