|A ship on the sea in Portarlington.|
A lot has happened since our trip to Thailand and Singapore over Christmas, but we're hoping that August will also arrive in a flash, so to speak, as Alex and I are off to Ecuador and Argentina for almost five weeks. Whilst the bulk will be spent with family in Ecuador, we will also make some time, on the way home, to see some very dear friends, all of whom Alex has met, but whom I have met on my travels over the years. Not surprisingly, none of them in Ecuador.
|Ombi and Alex with 'Doobie' at Portarlington.|
The weekend after we returned from Thailand we went to Portalington for the day to enjoy the Port Arlington Mussel Festival with Dad. The festival is a community event showcasing the prosperity of the Bellarine Peninsula, local food and wine and of course, the wonderful Aussie Blue Mussel. It was a great way to spend some time relaxing with Dad and taking in some more sun and sea ... like Thailand hadn't been enough!
|Having a bite to eat at our place with (L to R): Ina, Clara and Jochen.|
|The salsa experts, Aida and Octavio Garcia.|
|Camping at Inverloch. L to R: Alex, Sandra, Santi and Jeh.|
|The road map for the road trip.|
|A living bust ... bras on tree near Colac!|
|Extinct volcanic craters, Red Rock, Colac.|
Hamilton is the home of the Beatons, with whom we would be spending Good Friday. Who are the Beatons? Big breath ... Jarrod is my second cousin (son of my cousin Moz), and Kari is his gorgeous girlfriend (we ALL love you Kari!!!!!) ... they both live in Melbourne ... Rob and Stewart are Kari's parents (they live in Hamilton), and Ebony her sister (who currently lives in Sydney) ... everybody was congregating in Hamilton for Easter, so we thought we'd join them ... breathe out!! Geez, sounds like my big fat Greek wedding, Aussie style!!
|With the Beatons. L to R: Rob, Ombi, Dino, Jarrod, Kari, Ebony, Stewart.|
|The beautiful Limestone Coast.|
|Port Nelson Lighthouse, Portland Victoria.|
|Victoria Fossil Cave, Naracoorte.|
|Ombi and Alex at the Blue Lake, Mt Gambier|
|Centenary Tower, Mt Gambier.|
Dad dropped us off home late-afternoon, and Alex and I did what we had to do! We had had a truly wonderful time, and the break had done us all well!
|Dad and Alex enjoying mussels, Portarlington Mussel Festival.|
Dedication: To the best Dad in the world ... our Dad! Dad, you are the BEST Dad and father-in-law in the world! Thanks for your love, support and friendship. Thanks for always being there for us. You mean the world to us! We had such a good time travelling with you, and hope to do it again - Ombi and Alex.
|Melinda, this one's for you!|