Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Since I hadn’t done many road trips here in Australia driving by car was a good option to explore the country. In four days the ladies wanted to drive through three states (South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales) and we did!
Our very first stop was at Truro .Truro is known for a murder case that sparked South Australia's reputation as the state of bizarre and grizzly murders. Over a two-month period between 1976 and 1977, seven young women were abducted, raped and killed, their bodies dumped near the small town of Truro. One man, James William Miller, was convicted over six of the murders and sentenced to six concurrent life sentences. Nice place for a first stop, hey?
We had another short stop at the quarantine bin to get rid of all our fruit. This is such an Australian thing, that I had to take pictures of it!
We stopped at Berri for a lovely tappas lunch. We looked over the river Murray and at that time I still had no idea what was going to happen next. The whole trip had many little and big surprises and I was excited like a little girl on her birthday …
Sunday was Mother’s Day, but due having no kids or husbands around, we didn’t have breakfast in bed … We decided to go to the markets in Mildura at around 9.00 am. It was another beautiful sunny day and we wanted to make the most of it. Around 11.00 am we went for a two-hour cruise on the Paddle Steamer ‘Melbourne’. The cruise was very relaxing and we had so much fun chatting, laughing and enjoying the view of the river and its surroundings!
Since we were still very full from our amazing lunch, we decided to skip dinner and head to the local Church of Christ for the evening service. It was a very friendly church and we were all glad we went. The message gave us all food for thought…After our busy day we went back to the resort. We had an early night, since we had big plans for Monday!
On Monday morning my alarm clock went at 5.15 am, since we had to be ready by 6.00 am. I had booked to go ballooning over Mildura and the Murray River. Yes, I was going to fly in a hot air balloon! It is something I always wanted to do and Mildura is the perfect location for it, because of the great weather conditions all year round. What a way to see the area!