Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Seattle: Baby Boomer Travel – Home Again for Now

March 13, 2009

Qantas All the Way to LAX Baby!

Qantas All the Way to LAX Baby!

Ray and I are extremely and superbly tired. We had a 27 & 1/2 hour journey from Pepper’s Beach Club (hotel) in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia to the front door of our house in Seattle.

We went from the mid-nineties and 75+% humidity (Australia) to a nippy Western Washington low 30’s and clear, cold skies. And, instead of white sand we had white snow.

Now that I have good access to a computer, I will toggle and juggle the travel info in my head and try to give you a better idea of the different aspects of our trip. Right now, it’s time to sleep.

Melbourne: Holland America Cruise Port

February 28, 2009

We are in the port of Melbourne today..

The weather is fickle. At 10:00 am, I was wearing my scottish wool hat. Three hours later, I changed into a sunhat and sunglasses. Now, I’m closer to the water again and I’m freezing. I have to carry a little bit of everything with me.

Ray keeps chatting with a fellow cruise friend (Father Paul) who lives in Melbourne. Father Paul says, “If it’s hot, the wind is coming from the Outback in the north. If it’s cold, the wind is coming from Antarctica.”

Truth: I believe in Bob Dylan more than ever, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

We saw the Melbourne Central Business District…basically the touristy area. It’s got some brilliant old buildings. The architecture from the last century is fab.

It’s been difficult to really get a feel for Melbourne because it’s a Saturday. However, we’ll be back in a few days with our Aussie land tour and we will get an official “LUXURY COACH” overview. I’ll know more about Mellie soon.

The City of Melbourne has a great mass-transit system. There are little trams everywhere. They feel like Frisco Cable Cars….only no hills in the city. The Tram’s go, “ding ding,” to warn of their onset of movement, just like the cable cars of San Francisco. Very cool.