Archive for November, 2012

Noosa revisited with friends

November 25, 2012


Relaxing week end in Noosa together with the Santos family

With family Santos

Wanda, Charliany, Samuel, Daniel, Francisco

everybody happy

Noosa beach

feeling safe

1946 Ford Woody – on the street in Noosa

on the way back

back home, impressive thunder storm


November 23, 2012



Week end in Melbourne, visiting family and friends

Week end à Melbourne, visite de cousins et amis

Wanda with Yola, Chen and their granddaughter Anabelle 

Our friends Yola and Chen put us up for a couple of nights. This was very helpful since all the hotels were fully booked since many weeks. The famous Melbourne Cup was taking place the same week end.

Nos amis Yola et Chen nous ont hébergés chez eux, dans les faubourgs de Melbourne. C’était bienvenu, vu que tous les hotels de la ville étaient complets depuis plusieurs semaines déjà. La fameuse Melbourne Cup (course internationale de chevaux) avait lieu ce même week end

 Downtown Melbourne / Centre ville

Central Station / Gare Centrale


Chinatown – cheep barber shop / coiffeur pas cher

Chinatown, with Yola and Chen 

Victoria Market

Lygon Street


Hats in the city

After the Races

Hats heading home after the race, some of them slightly tipsy (maybe)

Durant la Melbourne Cup, les dames portent leur plus beau chapeau et les hommes leur meilleur complet veston

Grégory Porter in Concert

At Toff in Town

Great singer, great concert, great public

Wanda relaxing in Yolas house and protecting herself of the ¨cold¨

Frederic Valton and family

Shelly, Frederic and little daughter Chloë, almost 2 year old

Paul and Chloë

Chloë and Shelly


Frederic, Wanda, Paul

Shelly and Frederic

Albert Park (Fred’s neighbourhood)

Toowoomba, Darling Downs

November 11, 2012


Toowoomba – The Garden City

Toowoomba, 200km West of Brisbane and 600 meter high, overlooks the Darling Downs . It takes a 2 hours drive to get there.

View East from Picnic Point showing Table Top Mountain and Darling Downs – photo from unknown

Toowoomba is famous for its flowers. Several gardens and parks enhance the city landscape. A flower festival is held annualy in the spring, in the last week of September. We were there a month later, in October. The best was already gone but there still was a lot to see. I am personally not so ¨flower minded”, but for the fans this is a place not to miss.

in the Rose Garden

Wanda and the bottle tree, the young lad in the background insisted to be on the photo

Toowoomba – railway station/la gare

Southern Cross Museum                       photo Wanda Michalak

Spring Bluff Railway Station

Spring Bluff Railway Station today is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from 145 years of railway history and the attraction of its beautiful landscaped gardens.

In the 1970’s, Queensland Rail introduced steam train excursions from Toowoomba to Spring Bluff in response to public interest in the prize winning gardens during Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers. Today diesel-hauled trains run twice daily during Carnival week from Toowoomba to Spring Bluff.

 from a postcard featuring a painting signed Dirk Blokland – 2007

Darling Downs

Darling Downs, with its rich volcanic black soil, produces 90% of Queensland’s wheat plus many other crops – photo from unknown