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Indian food and Vineyards

No not together!

sunny 34 °C

Last night, Dean tried to culturize us and took us for Indian food. We agreed reluctantly. Well after several hours and several courses later, we made our way home. John says after eating that food, he was not going to the bathroom there (referring to Slumdog Millionaire). It was okay but not one of our favorite cultural food.

Melbourne is a city of wide cultures and you can find any cultural food just around the corner.

Dean rented a car today and we drove out on the Mornington Peninsula to find the vineyards and wineries and do a bit of wine tasting. The views of the bay were quite fantastic although I was too busy watching the oncoming traffic while Dean drove on the wrong side of the road. lol Actually, Dean drove very well (with a few reminders from Racheal) on the wrong side of the road and we only had one incident of him hitting the wipers instead of the signal light indcator. But it would take a long time to get used to driving on the other side of the road after having driven on the right side for so many years.

We visited two wineries and tasted their product. One was quite small, only 8.5 acres. They also provide wedding services and there was a wedding happening when we were there so we couldn't tour the vines. I read in a pamplet when in the wine area that the wedding services are $140.00 per person for 5 hours and a banquet but tents, chairs and other accessories were all extras. Sounded pretty darn expensive to me!

The other vineyard was Montalto and this was a very big winery with about 12 different types to sample. Of course, we didn't sample them all!!! It was interesting how the lady providing the samples started out quite rigidly to the program and then just started giving us interesting random information about the wines. This vineyard allowed us to stroll down a path where they featured art sculptures from various artists. The Peninsula is also home to numerous Galleries-about as many as the vineyards. Of all the places for John to forget to grab the camera, he forgot at this vineyard and there were beautiful views and several interesting pieces of artwork. Oh, well, guess I will have to burn the pictures in my memory bank in my brain.

On the way back through the burbs, we stopped at a "Bunnings" store for John to check out. This warehouse structure looked similiar to Home Depot and John has had this craving to check one out since he noticed one earlier on in our travels. Well, that didn't take too long as we soon discovered that it is different colors but it is so similar to a Home Depot that you could paint it, change the sign and voila...Home Depot. Prices were much higher than Canada according to John.

Travelling through the inner burbs back to St. Kilda, we went through a residential area of old, mansional (is that a word?) houses. Wow, there were so beautiful with all their brick, clay tile roofs with designs on them. Most of them also had brick surrounding fences and drive abouts (John's created word) meaning two entries into a semicircle driveway. lol. Part of what made them so amazing was that you could see the aged beauty when the old mansions IMG_5948.jpgIMG_5939.jpg all had the scrolled underhangs on the eaves, etc. It was amazing.

Tomorrow, we're off to the Great Ocean Road and yes, I will take the standard tourist pictures of all the wonderous sites that thousands and millions before me have taken.

Posted by Bada Bing 04:30 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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