2017 Christmas in Melbourne

start: 24 December 2017
finish: 31 December 2017
summary: Christmas time and once again I find myself free to explore the country - this time I head to Melbourne for the boxing day cricket
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I headed down the hume to Melbourne for the Christmas break, parking the car at the airport of all places! The cost of parking there in the long term parking was cost effective and safe, as I wouldnt need the car while in Melbourne. From the airport its a quick bus ride to the city, and then a short walk to mny hotel at Batman Hill.

Melbourne weather was once again amazing for me - really dont know what people complain about!! But taking it easy on Christmas eve in preparation for more activity tomorrow - I was also recovering from a hamstring strain so unfortunately, no running for me.

Christmas day was a day for a beautiful breakfast, calling my family, and then walking around the city. Later in the day I found a movie theatre open in South Yara where I went and watched the latest Star Wars movie - no reviews from me, go see it yourself!

And then from boxing day, the cricket started! I didnt have a ticket for the first day, but day 2, 3, and 4 were my days! I had never been to the MCG before, so I was so impressed by the size, and the 60,000+ people there on day 2 watching the aussies take on the english again. I did spend some time in the sun, having the cheap seats, so plenty of sunscreen, a big hat and long sleeve shirt kept me protected - and very limited alcohol intake!

I loved the cricket though, was an amaing experience, and wandering around the city and wider areas were just what Christmas should be for me!

Live blog

2017-12-31 08:11:25 My car is still waiting for me in the car park!

2017-12-31 06:23:26 I have enjoyed my time in Melbourne so much, but unfortunately it's time to hit the road. Mount Kosciuszko here I come!

2017-12-30 19:19:11 Quiet day watching the cricket and packing bags today. After the cricket finished I took a tour around the botanical gardens

2017-12-30 17:09:57 So after 5 days of cricket, the match is a draw! Weather is still good so time for a walk!

2017-12-30 08:30:36 My last day in Melbourne and the sun is back out!

2017-12-29 15:25:05 Looks like the day is going to be rained out

2017-12-29 11:03:31 Exciting start to today's play. England faced one ball and now the Aussie openers are smashing it around.

2017-12-28 18:31:28 Another poor performance in the field by the Aussies today - it's like they have forgotten how to bowl or catch!

2017-12-28 14:19:09 Few drops of rain helped cool off the afternoin. Still hoping for an English capitulation!

2017-12-28 10:53:32 Another day at the cricket - not so hot today, but sitting next to barmy army!

2017-12-28 09:09:26 Heading out for another day at the cricket today

2017-12-27 20:04:32 Dinner at The Sherlock Holmes - it's air conditioned!

2017-12-27 19:05:09 Not a good day for the Aussies at the MCG. But I had a ball! Tomorrow, I'll be sitting right next to the barmy army!!

2017-12-27 10:29:59 What a buzz here at the MCG! Only 15 minutes until we start.

2017-12-27 10:13:26 The MCG is buzzing right now - people everywhere and I even got to see the Aussies warming up!

2017-12-27 07:48:11 Off to the cricket this morning hopefully to see a lot of runs!

2017-12-26 17:18:19 After a casual walk around docklands it's time for a drink

2017-12-26 15:57:25 Just walked through DIG on South Wharf - craziest shopping experience ever - 100's people queued up

2017-12-26 07:31:10 Ready to start the day - and first up is shopping!! Then I will be watching cricket on TV, as my tickets kick in tomorrow. Another beautiful day in Melbourne

2017-12-25 20:54:08 Fantastic Christmas day for me. Lots of walking, movies, eating, relaxing in the sun. Happy days!

2017-12-25 17:42:01 Star Wars is done - time to find a pub!

2017-12-25 10:53:52 Great walk around the city this morning - Melbourne is wonderful this time of year!

2017-12-25 08:53:31 Time for Christmas breakfast in the alleys of Melbourne - it's a bit quiet this morning!

2017-12-25 07:54:11 Merry Christmas everyone. Off for a walk this morning on a beautiful Christmas morning.

2017-12-24 21:07:38 All settled in to Melbourne life. Walked along the Yara, checked out the trams and shopped at 7 eleven!

2017-12-24 19:51:57 Beautiful evening in Melbourne!

2017-12-24 17:26:19 Car parked safely at the airport - now waiting for the bus into Melbourne. Much cooler down here!

2017-12-24 07:06:57 Off to Melbourne!

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