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One of the things we will miss about Melbourne is the sheer number of things to do!  You could spend several days just exploring the city but if you wanted something more quiet there are heaps of things to do within an hour or so of the city.  We recently spent a couple of days on the Mornington Peninsula.  It was a birthday getaway weekend for me organized by my darling husband and just another way for us to soak in our last moments in Australia.

There were many amazing parts to the weekend but a few highlights included:

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  • An 8 km walk around Fort Nepean where the first allied shots were fired during World War I and World War II.  August 5 1914, a shot was fired from a gun barrel to capture the German ship Pfalz as she was attempting to leave Port Phillip Bay.  Then on September 4 1939, a gun barrel shot towards an incoming Bass strait trader Woniora who failed to stop for inspection.  Apparently those were the only two shots of aggression ever fired from Port Phillip.  DSC_0077-003
  • A fabulous and relaxing overnight stay at Summer Place B&B in Flinders with an absolutely amazing gourmet brekkie.  Meg and Norman were the perfect hosts.  Shoot me an email or comment below if you’d like more details about staying there.  It was heaven.

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  • A delicious fish ‘n chips from The Rocks in Mornington.  Sitting out on the outdoor patio overlooking the water we shared a fish ‘n chips and quinoa and veggie salad.  We looked dreamily at the super yachts and sailboats and savored every morsel of one of our last Australian fish ‘n chips.

Aaand I just noticed that most of our highlights involved food and eating.  For a second I thought about adding a few more of the “other” activities we enjoyed while on the peninsula but then I thought, Eh…we are who we are. 

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Less than thirty minutes outside of Adelaide is quaint little McLaren Vale.  The wife of one of Ryan’s co-workers graciously offered to take me around and show me what the valley had to offer.

We made our first stop at the visitor centre.  As far as visitors centres go, this one was pretty nice.  The volunteers were very friendly and gave us a ton of helpful suggestions.

We sipped on wine at d’Arenberg…

We sipped some more at Coriole and I bought the Chenin Blanc to bring home with us to Melbourne.  Coriole had a wonderful garden and an al fresco dining area.  I loved the feel of cellar door/tasting room – doesn’t it just look like Jane Austen could come strolling out at any minute?

We did a bit of browsing at Serafino and Woodstock and made our last stop at the Almond Train to sample some candied nuts, chocolates, and extra virgin olive oils.  I purchased a yummy garlic dukkah.  I’m a sucka’ for dukkah.  🙂

It was a lovely day: gorgeous weather, great wines, and fabulous company with which to take it all in.  All this and only 30 minutes outside of Adelaide.  It reminded me a lot of the Yarra Valley, right outside of Melbourne, and I made a mental note that we need to make more time to get up there more often.  Sometimes it takes “getting away” to see where you live more clearly.

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