Return to the Great Southern Land to bid farewell to Nan.

Earlier this week, on our way to Lamma Island, we received a call from my brother (Steven).  Steve was rather distraught and passed on the sad news that my Nan had passed away.  You may remember that we paid a visit to Australia in September to celebrate Nan’s 100th birthday.  Unfortunately she fell about two weeks ago and broke her pelvis and after the fall she became progressively weaker and until she opted to return to Pa and Mum (her daughter) on the 26th October 2009.  She passed peacefully in her sleep and she wasn’t in any pain.
Today we arrived back in Melbourne after an overnight trip from Hong Kong (again via Adelaide).

We opted not to hire a car this time around because we decided to stay in the city and make the most of being in the central business district of this beautiful city.

We caught the very efficient Skybus  from the airport to Spencer Street station. The station, now known as Southern Cross station, has been completely renovated and is a far different building than the one I remember from not too many years ago.  From the station we were transferred to our hotel by a smaller Skybus service.  All very efficient and highly recommended if you are going to visit Melbourne for a few days.

We opted to stay in the centre of the city at the Rydges Melbourne. This very centrally located hotel is in a perfect location and means that we can walk to all the locations we want to see during our stay here.

After checking in we had a short lie down before going to work.  Work?  Well, I have been asked to write and deliver Nan’s eulogy (a privilege) and I need to coordinate the inputs from my siblings so I needed to connect with them.  My eldest sister (Julie) also called and asked if I could attend one of the funeral planning meetings however she thought this through and decided that I did not need to be present.

After starting on the poem that I am going to write for the eulogy The Princess and I went out in search of a restaurant that my sister recommended.

The weather was pleasant, albeit a little cool, and we enjoyed walking around the local area and taking in some of the night sights and sounds.

In the end we didn’t find the restaurant that Julie had kindly recommended however we did find an outstanding place to dine called Rosati’s.  This cavernous establishment (an old factory of some sort) had a fabulous atmosphere and the service (by Galan) and food were both outstanding.  We shared a selection of food that came in small servings.  We ate some beautiful veal, feta cheese on eggplant and calamari.  We also enjoyed a “spalsh” of Australian red wine. The Princess really enjoyed taking photo’s of this beautifully decorated buidling. Again, we would highly recommend a visit to Rosati’s if you are in town.

After supper we took a different route back to our hotel and retired for the evening around 11.00pm.

A sad reason to be back in Australia however, we intend to celebrate the wonderful life of an inspirational lady and enjoy our own lives in the process.  Be in the NOW – it is all you have!!

Roey and The Princess

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