We started off visiting Craig and Wendy Stratford in Beachport, SA and had a fabulous dinner of pizzas made in their wood fired pizza oven. It got Roger thinking we need one in Idaho, so no doubt it is now on his "to do" list.
|Craig with his catch of 4 red rock lobsters that he pulled from the traps just before we left|
|Australian lobsters don't have the big claws that their Atlantic counterparts have but are apparently equally delicious.|
At the far western point of the GOR, The Maritime Museum in Portland gave us a better understanding of the area dubbed the Shipwreck Coast. Once we started on the GOR, we could easily picture ships running into trouble during storms.
|This skeleton is of a 14 meter sperm whale|
|The museum had wonderful artifacts|
|Plaques line the walls with the names and details of shipwrecks --- not all lives were lost due to storms.|
|This formation is called London Bridge|
|The limestone rock formations called the Twelve Apostles are now down to 8 due to erosion, but spectacular nonetheless.|
|Monument to honor the service men who built the Great Ocean Road and to those who died in WWI|
|The beach at Torquay, the furthest eastern point of the road is famous for surfing|
|This house looked amazing....the huge platform structure is linked to the house by a covered walkway that juts out from the left side in the photo.|
|Beach at Torquay|
|We stayed at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel that was once a hotel and office building built in the late 1800s. A glass ceiling bridges the two structures.|
|St. Paul's Cathedral|
|I was wishing my favorite dessert buddy, Anette, was with me so we could have gone to this tea room!|
I left Roger to do his traditional Christmas Eve shopping and checked out Hosier Lane that is famous for graffiti. There it is art. When Justin Bieber spray painted graffiti on an upscale hotel in Brisbane, it was not art -- and he was an embarrassment to all Canadians for this, and other stupid stunts he did during his concert tour of Australia.
|The Yarra River is a lively place to hang out with heaps of cafes and bars|
Anyone else game to leave a cold Canadian winter behind and visit down under?
We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.
"I'll be home for Christmas......if only in my dreams....."