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I know that it shows my age but on June 11 my older daughter (Alanna) turned 30 and so she was having a party at her home in Melbourne to celebrate. As I had ample leave and was able to get cheap flights I decided to be there and to stay a week.

I ended up leaving my D600 camera behind and took my older D90 instead. I thought it a little ridiculous of the travel insurance that they would lat me take an unspecified laptop up to the value of $3,000 and unspecified jewelry up to $2,500 but only $1,500 for other gear. Trying to insure the D600 would have added $70 to the premium so it stayed at home.

Unlike other times in Melbourne I was traveling alone and with Alanna having work and other guest commitments, I had the perfect opportunity to simply get out, explore the city and take photos. Rather than post a very long single article I am going to split up the images into different sections as there were a number of common themes that came through the various walks I did all over the city. These will be posted over the next few days but I will come back to this post and put links in it later to them.

a commitment to alternative transport shown in bikes for hire at several places around the city.

a commitment to alternative transport shown in bikes for hire at several places around the city.

Seeing the seagull sitting on top of the fish caught my fancy

Seeing the seagull sitting on top of the fish caught my fancy

From the very strange section. Samples of hair in the window of a hair dressers complete with name and age of subject

From the very strange section. Samples of hair in the window of a hair dressers complete with name and age of subject

The carousel at Luna Park

The carousel at Luna Park

Sunday kite surfing off St Kilda's beach

Sunday kite surfing off St Kilda’s beach

Parklands down by Yarra

Parklands down by Yarra

Trees are taken very seriously

Trees are taken very seriously