We both had a fantastic time in Melbourne. John had tickets to the Ashes on Boxing day and the 27th. I joined him just on the 27th. The weather was bloody awful! Neither of us had a coat and it was generally freezing, it often rained and the sun never shone! The cricket was great fun and I was happyo to watch Monty Panesar in action.
We did a bit of shopping and sight seeing in the city and had a few drinks with English lads who sold John our cricket tickets. Melbourne is far better than Sydney for shopping. I also found that melbourne was very English in culture and number of English out there (not just those who came for the cricket) and Sydney is very Irish. I heard rumours that there are more Irish under 25s in Australia than there are in Ireland and I honestly think that's true.
We did a day trip along the Great Ocean Road A coach took us along the coastline of south-west Victoria, one of the world's most scenic roads that includes the world-famous Twelve Apostles, the Otways rainforest, Bells Beach, on the Surf Coast, and the Great Ocean Road itself. We visited towns such as Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, the coastal cities of Geelong and Warrnambool. We did a helicopter ride over the Twelve Apostles which was amazing and really good fun.
On our last day we went to visit a lady called Roseanne who lived with Agnes (John's Mum) when Agnas lived in Melbourne in the early 1970s. Roseanne was quite a character and a great laugh. She lives in Cockatoo which is out in the bush where she has aviaries andcages whcih hold over 40 birds! It wasnice to chat to her and get the gossip on Agnes when she was our age!