When last I left you, dear readers, my husband and I were on our way to Melbourne, Australia, the arts, sports and cultural capitol of this amazing country.
Upon first arriving in Melbourne, after a 10 hour drive through the endless, rolling outback landscape (I think we saw one farm every few miles!) we finally reached the outer suburbs of the city, where Jeremiah pointed out his old school and old haunts from childhood. Soon thereafter, we were warmly greeted by Jeremiah’s wonderful Dad and Step Mom. After a quick bite to eat at a cute little Vietnamese restaurant on the quaint Glenferrie Rd. in Hawthorn (Home of the Hawks!) we settled in for the night to rest up before our trip to the stunning beach town of Lorne.
The drive to Lorne took us along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road via the beautiful, smaller city of Geelong. We stopped for a spot of lunch along Geelong’s bay waterfront to meet up with an old friend of Jeremiah’s and take in the views, then back along the Great Ocean Road to take in more of the expansive beauty. We stopped at the world famous Bell’s Beach. This beach was the home to the first ever surfing competition and is the current home to the iconic Rip Curl Pro Competition. The Anglesea Lookout and Cathedral Rock were two other note-worthy stops which allowed for even more opportunities for breath-taking views of the spectacular Victoria coastline.
Lorne has three generations of Tickell history mapped through it’s little shops, the beach and cafes. Jeremiah spent numerous summers competing with the surf junior life saving club. Though it has changed over the years, Lorne maintains this beautiful charm, peace and sense of community. I could easily picture a time when we could raise a family in Lorne, leave all the doors unlocked, let our children play on the beach together and live a simple and gorgeous life. Lorne is addictive and it was difficult to leave! I already look forward to a time when we can return…
After two nights in Lorne, we made our way back to Melbourne via Sorrento. We took the ferry across Port Phillip Bay and marvelled at the cliffside homes and beach boxes (boat houses, if you’re American) along the way. After another lovely stopover with family, we said our goodnights and headed to our home away from home in Melbourne for our last few days away.
The next morning we awoke ready to celebrate Australia Day! Like our 4th of July, Australia Day is a holiday celebrated with BBQs, drinks and family outings. So, as we explored the amazing streets of downtown Melbourne, there was an extra buzz of life in the air!
Walking down the iconic Hosier Lane, we were taken by the incredible street art that constantly changes as artists throughout the city express their feelings and opinions through their work.