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Some more…

from our walk…

around Vienna.

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It seemed like every other tourist was also trying for his shot.

 We did have a similar sight in Melbourne…

advertising Coca-Cola, of all things.

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I am running so late with this post, this week…

that I will restrict commentary to the bare minimum.

We had some free time and were…

able to wander around enjoying the sites

as we happened upon them.

I still marvel at the workmanship involved in…

creating the statues and fountains of Europe.

 

Fortunately we were able to find a place

to sit, rest and have a quiet coffee when required.

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Salzburg – 2

A Few shots from our walk around Salzburg.
 
This sign announcing Salzburg University

looked like a work of art.

And the dates, like this, on buildings are

never seen in Australia.

1360…over four hundred years

before Australia was settled.

 

Craftmanship of this door.

Love the workmanship in all the fountains…

although this horse does look like it is pain.

By the time we sighted these blokes my feet

were voting to hire one of them.

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ANZAC DAY 2017

Ballarat  

Although ANZAC Day was last week I felt two shorter posts more appropriate, if for no other reason than last week we were in the centre of Ballarat.  

This week, on the outer edges, or at least away from the CBD and with a different focus…slightly.

Last week we finished our walk…

with a long shot of Ballarat’s Arch of Victory

which is the beginning of the Avenue of Honour.

A roundabout situated just in front of the Arch

makes for an ideal place to take a shot of Sturt Street.

Ballarat’s Central Business District is

several kilometres distant.

Just to the left of this image is…

the Roll of Honour where all those who enlisted from…

the Ballarat area have their name inscribed on the wall

or on the plinth under the Dome.

I suspect that it is World War I Service men and women

names listed on the plinth.

Just across the road from the Roll of Honour is the new…

Garden of the Grieving Mother.

This was to be opened to the public the day after my visit.

commences where I thought it ended…

at the Arch of Victory.

 

Some of the latter photos appear to contain a purplish tinge

which I have tried to remove.  

I must learn not to fiddle with settings too much! 

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ANZAC DAY 2017

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Ballarat, although never being much more, or less,

than an hours drive from where I have lived

is not a city I have visited very often.

This is despite the fact that it is steeped in history

as a centre of the gold rush days of the 1800s

through to its contribution and commemoration to

world conflicts in which Australia has participated.

When I think of Ballarat I think of

Sturt Streets Avenue of Honour

which I have only discovered today

commences where I thought it ended…

at the Arch of Victory.

My first image is of a statue of

Major General Harold Edward “Pompey” Elliott,

who was a senior officer in the Australian Army

during the First World War.

After the war he served as a Senator for Victoria

in the Australian parliament. (Source: Wikipedia)

Sir Albert Coates, born in Ballarat, was

an Australian surgeon and soldier.

He served as a medical orderly

in World War I serving on Gallipoli,

and as a senior surgeon for

the Australian Army Medical Corps

in World War II in Malaya. (Source: Wikipedia)

Further along is a memorial to all those conscripted…

and ordered to serve in Wars closer to home.

Although I was declared unfit to join the army,

being conscripted was one of the few ‘raffles’

I have won in my lifetime.

With the lack of respect of many of today’s younger generation

I think twelve month compulsory conscription

would not be a bad thing.

However, this does not mean every conscript

would be automatically ordered to war.

My God son has recently enlisted and apart from

a few ups and downs is enjoying his basic training,

according to his family.

Various Wars close to Australasia.

World War II is also remembered with its…

own memorial.

Double click this image to enlarge and read inscription.


However, I am not sure what his WW II monument

is supposed to symbolise.

 Around this time of year Ballarat is known

for its Begonia Festival.

These red begonias are planted especially for ANZAC Day…

and are usually in full bloom this week

according to the gardener fertilising them.

A few kilometres drive further along Sturt Street

and you will come across

Ballarat’s Arch of Victory.

When conducting some research for this post I discovered that

this is the beginning of The Avenue of Honour.

The Ballarat Avenue of Honour is famous for being the

 first avenue of its kind in Australia (perhaps in the world)

and the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

It is acknowledged, however, that there were other

Avenues of Honour which preceded Ballarat’s,

but none are as long.

It incorporates the Ballarat Arch of Victory and extends for

approximately 22 kilometres along the Western Highweay.

In total, the trees represent 3912 Ballarat and district men and

women who served in World War One – 528 of whom

were killed in battle or died of wounds or disease.

The trees were planted in order of the soldiers enlistment

along the Western Highway, consisting of 3,771 trees.

(Source: Ballarat Avenue of Honour)

With an Avenue of Honour that long

it is unlikely that we will forget.

At the time of my visit, mid February,

just left of the Arch of Victory is another

memorial to those who suffered

as a consequence of War.

Read on….

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Hot Air Ballooning,

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Last week I left off just as…

our hot air balloons were being filled with cold air.

However, it wasn’t long before hot air was being pushed in…

and the balloons were beginning to stand upright.

I think this looked spectacular in the half dark…

 and would like to see what our balloon looked liked

when it was given a warm blast of air.

Without much further ado we lifted off gracefully…

into a chilly Melbourne sky.
No engine roar, or thrust back into one’s seat…

just the knowledge that if I jumped out

it was going to take longer and longer

before I landed on terra firma!

Two other ballooning companies were aloft that morning.

And these are never before seen views of Melbourne…

before sunrise.

Little did we know that the GoPro camera

was set to take a photo every 5 seconds.

We were not expecting to be emailed

around 135 photos as part of the deal,

but extremely grateful to receive them.

Every now and again we would see this sight.

If you look carefully you will see a GoPro hanging

on the left side of this balloon.

 Although the moon had not set the first of the sun’s rays

were beginning to light up some of

the taller building in Melbourne’s CBD.

 More next week.

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On Tuesday evening we checked into a

Melbourne Hotel for the second time in 5 days

and prayed for good weather the next morning.

This week we chose the

Grand Chancellor in Lonsdale Street.

 I think the Grand Chancellor is a bit older than the apartments

we booked last week, however it more than compared to

many of the European Hotels we stayed at last September.

Lonsdale Street at 0430 Wednesday morning, waiting for…

The Picture This Ballooning mini van to collect us.

After a quick coffee and paperwork…there is always

paperwork these days…we drove to the launch site

and began to help prepare the balloon.

Helping was voluntary and unloading the basket

only meant a bit of a tug as the trailer moved forward.

Once it had tipped up like this the pilot gave us

some more safety commentary after which the trailer

was pull clear of the basket.

I always thought that hot air balloons were filled with hot air!

Wrong again…but don’t tell MGW.

The only air in the balloon at this stage is  cold air

being blown in by that large red fan beside the basket.

More next week.

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