Saturday, November 12, 2011

Arrival in Melbourne

We left Jacksonville on Thursday afternoon & finally arrived in Melbourne Saturday morning.

Here's the view from Qantas' tail-mounted Skycam on our A380, an insanely gigantic plane that makes a 747 look like a commuter jet.

Hmmm ... Hungry Jack's logo looks suspiciously like Burger King!

We checked into the Crown Promenade, part of Crown's 3 hotel complex with 40 restaurants & apparently the largest casino in the world.

First things first ... a nice shower after a long journey. I was very distracted & had to dry off & shoot some iPhone pix. This might be my favorite photo from Australia.

Everywhere I looked, I saw a potential photo.

Afterward, Chris, Stan & I walked around near our hotel. These street performers were bouncing all over the place.

These giant stainless steel sculptures were on a footbridge across the Yarra River.

Next up was a surprise party for Patty C.

The view from Villa 3818 at the Crown Towers ... a 7000 sq ft palace in the sky.

The Commissioner thanks Patty for her 31 years of service.

The hors d'oeuvres were yummy. Thai marinated beef with noodle salad ...

Tiger prawn with avocado salsa

Tomato, basil & garlic bruschetta

There were some beautiful photographs on the walls. I love this one of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The pièce de résistance ... the remote controlled toilet with auto opening lid, heated seat & a slew of other amenities (see remote detail photo). It was insane! See video below.

The toilet's wireless remote!

The "must-see" toilet video!

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