"Orchid's Homestead" Orchid's Profile


I've been a member of Virtual Tourist for over a decade now, but until the last year or so had not done much page building. Rather a daunting task, but a good place to keep recollections of about 30 years of travelling. My idea was to add a location, then try to find pictures for it, then mine my old travel diaries for some local character as the fancy takes. We shall see where it goes anyhow.

The trouble was, most of my images are on 35mm transparencies, which are VERY time consuming to convert into digital form. (though my recently acquired Plustek 82000i slide Scanner has helped - still slow, but quality better!) So I have begun to build pages from the other end of my travelling life, where numerous (too numerous) digital images are there for illustration.

I have had travel the bug for a long time now, and am lucky that my wonderful wife Minuk is tolerant, likes a challenge, and lets me plan things (with the proviso that she has final right of veto!)

We have lived in Melbourne for the past 20 years, now in the seaside suburb of Elwood. I was born here, but Minuk hails from Jogjakarta in Indonesia. We have no kids, but own (or are owned by?) a couple of cats.

Elwood is a pleasant place to live. It is well connected to the city of Melbourne by road, rail and bus. It is also only a short walk (and even shorter bike ride) to the fleshpots of St Kilda to the north, and the pricy real estate of Brighton's Golden Mile to the south

Treelined streets

Most of the streets around us are lined with grand old Plane trees - so big that their branches span the entire street.
This keeps us cool and shady on hot summer days, and lets the light in during the winter time. Of course, in autumn, this means there are LOTS of fallen leaves to collect!

Port Phillip Bay

Whilst I'm not the greatest fan of the beach (and there is a nice one just 5 minutes walk from home), I drive by the bay every day on the way to work. It is never the same from one day to the next, whether a southwesterly change has whipped up the waves (and sand across Beaconsfield Parade), or it's just the yachts flying their spinnakers in Hobson's Bay

It is always a pleasure to ride along the foreshore cycle path and enjoy the panorama of a weekend.

Watch it in the rain

We live close to 2 of the only fords in the Inner Melbourne area. You are advised to take note of the flood level signs.

Unless of course, your taxi is dirty

I collect Airports

This list comes from a dead Lonely Planet thorn tree thread. A canadian contributor started it, and it lived for years until the BBC killed it last Xmas.

I thought I'd resurrect my list here

Melbourne (Tullamarine) MEL
Hamilton (Victoria) HLT
Mount Gambier - MGB
Adelaide - ADL
Alice Springs - ASP
Nguruh Rai(Bali) - DPS
Jakarta (Halim) - HLP
Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta)- CGK
Sydney - SYD
Jogjakarta - JOG
Padang - PDG
Medan(Polonia) - MES
Singapore (Changi) - SIN
Bahrain - BAH
Muscat - MCT
Abu Dhabi - AUH
Darwin - DRW
Brisbane - BNE
Perth - PER
Bangkok (Don Muang) DMK
Yangon - RGN
Heho(Inle Lake) - HEH
Chengdu - CTU
Kunming - KMG
Beijing - PEK
Seoul(Kimpo) – GMP
Shanghai(Pudong) - ICN
Leningrad(it was then) - LED
Moscow (Sheremetyevo) - SVO
Moscow (Domodedovo) - DME
Tashkent - TAS
Bukhara - BHK
Samarkand - SKD
Athens(Elinkon) - HEW
Cairo - CAI
Ayers Rock - AYQ
Wilpena Pound - HWK
Los Angeles - LAX
Amsterdam (Schiphol)(***hole) - AMS
Vienna - VIE
Krakow - KRK
Paris (Charles de Gaulle) - CDG
London (Heathrow) - LHR
London (Gatwick) - LGW
London (Luton) - LTN
New York - JFK
Dallas-Fort Worth - DFW
San Francisco - SFO
Spokane - GEG
Chicago(O'Hare) - ORD
Mexico City - MEX
Zacatecas - ZCL
Calgary - YYC
Washington(National) - DCA
Washington (Dulles) - IAD
Newark - EWR
New Orleans - MSY
New Delhi - DEL
Jaipur - JAI
Jodphur - JDH
Udaipur - UDR
Honolulu - HNL
Auckland - AKL
Christchurch - CHC
Hobart - HBA
Saigon - SGN
Nha Trang - CXR
Hue - HUE
Hanoi - HAN
Chiang Mai - CNX
Edinburgh - EDI
Glasgow - GLA
Prague - PRG
Colombo - CMB
Rome (Leonardo da Vinci) - FCO
Palermo - PMO
Catania - CTA
Malta - MLA
Hong Kong (Kai Tak) - HKG
Hong Kong (Lantau) - HKG
Johannesburg - JNB
Victoria Falls - VFA
Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) - NBO
Santiago (Chlie) - SCL
Sao Paulo - GRU
Buenos Aires - EZE
Easter Island - IPC
Papeete - PPT
Istanbul - IST
Amman - AMM
Kuala Lumpur(Subang) - SZB
Phnom Penh - PNH
Siem Reap - REP
Toronto (Lester Pearson) - YYZ
P'ohang - KPO
Frankfurt - FRA
Tunis - TUN
%Lhttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1250e/7f161/]Bucharest%L* - OTP
Bacau - BCM
Suceava - SCV
Budapest - BUD
Vancouver - YVR
Cranbrook - YXC
Canberra - CBR
Lima - LIM
Nazca - NZA
Arequipa - AQP
Juliaca - JUL
Cusco - CUZ
Seoul (Incheon)
Pyongyang - FNJ
Taipei - TPE
Dubai - DXB
Shiraz - SYZ
Tehran - IKA
Athens (Eliftherios Venizelos) - ATH
Chania - CHQ
Heraklion - HER
Santorini - JTR
Milan - MXP
Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) - KUL
Bangkok - BKK (Suvarnabhumi)
Antananarivo (Ivato) - TNR
Tolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) FTU
Toliara (Tulear) - TLE
Montreal - YUL
New York (La Guardia) - LGA
Tokyo (Narita) NRT
Buenos Aires (Aeroparque) - AEP
Ushuaia - USH
Posadas - PSS
Foz do Iguaçu (Cataratas) - IGU
Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) - GIG

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