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Follow The Flag

The National Gallery of Victoria is currently showing around 150 works of art, created by Australian artists that show Australia’s life at war. This exhibition is part of the commemoration of the centenary of Gallipoli and titled ‘Follow the Flag: Australian Artists at War 1914–45’. These works are displayed in five separate gallery rooms and show…

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Ballarat

We travelled home from Bendigo on a route that took us along two sides of a triangle so that we could visit Ballarat. Our journey took us through the old gold towns of Maldon and Creswick. The countryside was quite interesting with its gently undulating hills and lots of evidence of its use as a…

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Bendigo

We decided to spend a night away in the city of Bendigo for no other reason than we thought we could get away for a couple of days. Bendigo is approximately 150 kms north-west of Melbourne and is located very close to the geographical centre of Victoria. It now has an urban population of around 83,000…

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Happy Birthday to June

Once upon a time, I attended twenty first birthday parties, engagements and baptisms. Today we were guests at a luncheon to celebrate the 80th birthday of our good friend June. Where have all the years in my life gone? June is a dear friend and an avid reader of my blog. So June, here’s a…

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A Concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Whilst there are a few things that the City of Melbourne could do better, there are some things that we have that are outstanding. One is the National Gallery which is a world class art museum (and the reason why we are fortunate to host so many superb international visiting exhibitions). The other is our…

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Flea Market and Photo Tour

We noticed from our hotel window yesterday, that people were setting up a market in the Shinkuku Gyoen Park behind the Tokyo Government Building, so we strolled over to see what might be on sale. As you would expect in a flea market, the little spaces marked out on the ground for individual stalls all…

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A Family Reunion in Shinjuku

It was a very clear day yesterday so we thought that we might take advantage of the view from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Government Building opposite our hotel.  There are some spectacular views across the broader Tokyo area. On a very clear day you can just see Mt Fuji on the horizon, 100…

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Nikko National Park

Nikko National Park is reputed to be one of Japan’s most beautiful nature parks. It is located 125 kms north of Tokyo; about 2 1/2 hours by bus. It is a mountainous region with shrines, temples, rivers, lakes and bridges scattered throughout its area. Our day excursion took us to three of its sites that…