It was pretty amazing to open the curtains and see this.
Yep. That's Cunard's brand new Queen Elizabeth, on her maiden around-the-world voyage.
We departed the ship early (8:20am) with Suzanne and Bill. Suzanne had researched some travel companies and had booked us onto an all-day tour of the wineries in nearby Yarra Valley. After picking up seven other wine-lovers at various hotels in Melbourne, we headed inland.
Our first stop was De Bortoli Wines.
I think all vineyards must have some requirement that they be picturesque.
Next stop, Coldstream Hills.
Again....beautiful setting. At this point, I am really thinking I could do this every day....tasting wine, photographing beautiful vineyards...tasting MORE wine.........
I wasn't the only one taking photos....so were Mama and Suzanne.
I think Coldstream Hills was my favorite of the day. I liked their chardonnay so much (YES, CHARDONNAY!) that I bought two bottles.
Lunch had been arranged at Domaine Chandon.
You can tell I am hating every minute of this......
Antipasti, quiche and salad. And 4 wines!!!!
Blanc-de-blanc bubbles, chardonnay, pinot noir and the new pinot/shiraz bubbles .
Geezy peasy.... I could get used to this.......
Next up..Yering Station, the first winery in the Yarra Valley.
Yes, you will note an alarming decline in phototaking after lunch...what can I say????
After visiting the fourth winery of the day, we made a stop at Yarra Valley Dairy.
So many good things to sample.
More wine, with some lovely LOVELY handmade cheeses to go along.. We found a bottle of wine PERFECT for my sister-in-law Julie--"Another Bloody Chardonnay".
I happened to be quick enough to capture a farm inhabitant hanging out under some equipment...
Pleasantly full, we headed back into town.
We arrived back in the ship with a few moments to spare before YOU-KNOW-WHO next door departed.
Crowds--I mean CROWDS-were on hand to watch the Queen's departure.
It was quite a parade.
After a very lengthy battle of the typhoon horns within the harbor, off she sailed.
Impressive, yes...but I will remain a Crystal chick, thankyouverrrymuch.
As if the day hadn't been full to the brim, that night we were treated to a demonstration of aboriginal music and dance in the Crystal Cove.
It was then that I TRULY felt I was in Australia.
And I liked it!