Thursday, June 13, 2013

Greetings from Melbin! Last stop for us this side of the equator..

 On our way back to the States we've stopped to spend some time with my (Bruce) oldest sister Julie and her family who've been living in Melbourne, Australia for the past year and a half. She actually keeps a great blog with some beautiful photography that follows her family's immigrant experience here with her Aussie husband Paul and their 3 kids (fivedownunder). It's been great spending time with them and for the kids to see their cousins. Who knows when we'll be able to do something like this again?
Melbourne (pronounced Mel-bin by the Aussies) is a very diverse and cosmopolitan city that has more of an English feel to it than other Australian cities. After our time in Perth where most things in the city center are walkable, Melbourne seems enormous although it's only about double the size.
Enjoy the pics!

Flinders St. Station. Built 1909

Don't let her beauty fool you! Melbourne has some hardcore bicycle thievery.

Practicing some Parkour with my nephews, Thomas and Ryan.

Watching street performers.

Did some day excursions in the mountains outside of the city.

Sunset at St. Kilda.

As you can see, the kids had a blast and are all really sad  we're leaving tonight

I know it's a bit fuzzy but I still wanted to show this skyline at twilight. 
On the way to the footy game!

Each person in my sister's family cheers for a different team. This game was their eldest son Thomas' team, The Magpies verses Paul's team, The Demons. The Demons are like the Chicago Cubs of Australian rules football so naturally I had to cheer for them. And naturally they got spanked. 
Our last day excursion was to ride Puffin' Billy, a 100 year old steam train that takes you up in the mountains. Good fun.

My sister Julie and my niece Ella.

Some of the sweetest times with this visit was being able to spend time with family in their day to day living.

Goodbye Melbourne and goodbye McMahon family. Thanks for a great visit! We love you guys!

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