Saturday, April 28, 2018

Beautiful Melbourne, Australia.

After a very long time we make a road trip!!During our Easter vacations we drove down from Sydney to Melbourne in Victoria to be with our friends from Muscat days.
It was a drive of almost 850 kms which took us almost 10 hours (Arun drove all the way...since I don't have a license here) but what a beautiful drive it was!!
We lost a lot of time in traffic as we started out from Sydney...much later than we planned (that's typical me..last minute packing and rushing around :))
What beautiful views as we drove and my phone was busy all the time...click..click...click...


















The blue skies...



















Windmills...






Highway...

We finally reached late evening and as we reached our friend's place and met them we were as fresh as ever...meeting after almost three years and chatted late in to the night...laughing and giggling...

Next morning we were up early and decided to go for a walk to Jells Park at Waverly Hills and what a beautiful park it was...









The sun kept playing hide and seek all along..but we definitely enjoyed every moment there.
After a hearty brunch we head back home and catch up on sleep and enjoy a cup of tea and the kids enjoy their chocolate milk :)
Then we headed off to St. Kilda Beach and what an amazing sunset(for a sunset addict like me) we enjoy!!

This is my friend Priyanka who made sure we had an awesome time throughout our stay at her place.It started to get chilly and we left the beach and after a hearty dinner at Shopia's we headed back home.
The next day we were again up early and packed a picnic basket and we headed off to see the Twelve Apostles. 
The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
The apostles were formed by erosion. The harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed; leaving rock stacks up to 50 metres high. Because of this erosion, there are eight Apostles remaining the ninth having collapsed dramatically in July 2005.

The countryside was wow!!!

We follow Priyanka's car at a distance enjoying all the views...
And finally after a  four hour drive(through short cuts) we finally were at the 12 Apostles.But what a disappointment with clouds hovering and no sun. However, after a while the sky cleared and the sun decided to make an appearance and we were really thrilled !!
We spent an hour or so taking pics and admiring the views and then we head back..




















Beautiful views on the way...



















And what a gorgeous sunset...
We reach back home and keep chatting and laughing till the early morning hours...
Next morning after having delicious breakfast prepared by Priyanka and filled to the brim we start off on our journey back around 11:30.As usual we have a dramatic cloudy sky giving us company...

What gorgeous views on the way...



















We take short breaks throughout the way...stretching on and off...

The kids get hungry by evening and we stop for a quick burger and coffee at Mc Donalds and I see this beautiful view...

We carry on with our journey and as Arun drives on refusing to stop I have no options but to carry on clicking from the moving car like I did throughout the journey..
Capturing sunsets and views I will forever cherish and treasure in my heart!!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!! Cheers!!

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60 comments:

  1. What a glorious collection of photos, including that shadowy cup! Thanks for linking to Shadow Shot Sunday 2!

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  2. Oh my what a wonderful place to visit and you've captured it beautifully. It's hard to pick a favourite but I like the sunset one with the silhouettes on the beach.
    #mysundayphoto

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  3. Wow, what a beautiful collection of photos! I especially liked the ones of the ocean and the apostles. So gorgeous!

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  4. Wonderful series of photos! Love the shadow shot!

    Happy Week ahead to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  5. Beautiful places, and ery fascinating sky!

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  6. Hope my first comment through! Adding to that, great to see friends too on your trip. See you back next week with anything you experience in the Season. When you visit some of the others who participate, you'll understand!

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    1. I think your first comment did not come through :(

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  7. The scenery is beautiful as are your photos. They take my breath away. I want to be there.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  8. Beautiful images everywhere, the cliffs are my favourite, thanks Shantana.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful trip. I loved all the landscape shots and the seascapes were equally stunning! Thanks for sharing your trip!

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  10. So many beautiful shots here. What a feast for the eyes

    Mollyx

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  11. The skies look magical in your photos. A beautiful part of the world.

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  12. Love the shot of sunset on the beach.

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  13. So much blue expanse. The tea/coffee cup minus clutter is such a Zen shot and makes me think of a peaceful break.

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  14. ...gorgeous road trip! Let's do it again.

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  15. Hi From England. You captured some wonderful skies on your road trip. Beautiful

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  16. Beautiful roadtrip. No wonder you clicked, clicked, clicked! Love the sunset silhouette family portrait on the beach

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  17. What a beautiful collection of photos! I feel like I made the journey with you . . .

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  18. Wow, your photos are so stunning and gorgeos!
    Greetings from Germany

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  19. Your views take your breath away!!! Spectacular countryside and the Twelve Apostles such a dramatic scene. Thanks for stopping by my blue monday.
    Ann

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  20. Amazing views and love the sunsets.

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  21. Fabulous images!! What a great place.

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  22. wow, beautiful place and photography :)

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  23. Oh what beautiful pictures! It must have been nice to be able to spend time with a friend.

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  24. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your part of the world.

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  25. Your skies are amazing. Loved every single photo.

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  26. Oh what beautiful photos and wonderful blue skies. Also the night scene.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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  27. Each photo is like a masterpiece! Lovely photos!

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  28. Simply stunning photos! It looks like a fantastic road trip!

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  29. So nice to see you in Nature Notes Shantana and what amazing photos. Not a huge fan of long car rides but totally worth it to spend time with friends and visit amazing places...Really lovely photos..Michelle

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  30. Amazing photos! The sky!!!! LOVE. #teamlovinlife

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  31. Really a gorgeous series of sky shots. Hard to pick out just 1 or 2 favorites, but I really like the sunset with everyone holding hands. Just makes me smile!

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  32. Spectacular photos! And with a cell phone? Amazing! You captured so many beautiful scenes and suns, and from a moving car? Again, amazing!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  33. You have some pretty amazing pictures!

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  34. Beautiful pictures! I especially like the family on the beach at sunset. But all of them are so nice.

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  35. Your sky shots are superb. You capture such color and emotion with each shot. Thank you for linking up today.

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  36. Gorgeous captures and wonderful narration!

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  37. Amazing photos.. Which camera did you use??

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    1. Reshma,thank you so much.These are all mobile captures with my sumsung galaxy S6 :)

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  38. Beautiful! I love every one of your photos!

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  39. Wow, beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Wow! Beautiful scenery to match the amazing skies! And a visit with good friends. Very special.

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  41. Shantana, What gorgeous scenery. I love the cliffs. What color and texture. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

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  42. Oh wow, such gorgeous photographs and beautiful skies in particular! The contrast between the blue skies and the cloudy / dark skies is amazing! #teamlovinlife

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  43. Dramatic Melbourne skyshots

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  44. truly amazing shots of wonderful places.

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  45. Greetings, Shantana! You take beautiful pictures of the sky and scenery! I have followed you and invite you to follow me too!

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