The last two weeks have been a busy time for us with a trip to Melbourne, lots of stuff going on at home and over Easter we had two different lots of friends staying, one Friday night and one Saturday night. We decided that we needed to take the last two days and just be at home together. Unfortunately that means that we were tempted by chores that needed to be around the farm. But I am happy to say that we have managed to balance them with some down time, some napping in the hammock, some reading of books, playing with Jessie and some time just sitting and talking.
Our long weekend (3 nights) in Melbourne was great. We stayed right in the city and caught trams all around the city checking out the CBD and the surrounding suburbs. I have to say I am a big fan of the tram system in Melbourne. It was such an easy way to get around and we went all over the city using them. When ever we go away Hubby says to me "Is this going to be a pressure cooker tour?" What he means is do I have a million things planned that we must do and see. You see when I go away I like to fill every moment of the day and night and not miss a thing. But Hubby likes a bit more down time. It can be a hard thing to balance and I tried to do my best and not plan too much but we still saw a lot.
|Melbourne Botanical Gardens|
It is not really suitable for young children but while we were there there were 2 groups of high school children visiting as well.
|The museum has some striking sculpture work on the front of the building|
Not long after the Jewish people started being rounded up and put in ghettos and sent off to concentration camps the word got around in the Jewish community about what was happening when they were set away so many Jews tried to flee their homes and countries.
One thing I was not aware of was that when the fleeing Jews tried to seek refuge in neighbouring countries many countries closed their borders refusing to let them in as refugees. I had always wondered why they did not escape and was completely unaware that while they were being exterminated by the Nazis much of the rest of Europe had been unaware of the extent of the genocide.
In the Anne Frank exhibition they had a time line with Anne's life below the line and other events that were happening in relation to the holocaust above the line. It was interesting to see how normal her life was with family holidays, trips to the beach, work for her parents and school for her and her sister, while at the same time only a few hundred kilometres away people were being killed in the street and packed onto trains bound for death camps.
It was a thought provoking and emotional place to visit.
There were some great display gardens.
We also found time to visit the Victorian Museum and the Queen Victoria Markets and eat some amazing food too. There are some many other things that we could have seen but when you have a limited amount of time you have to do what you can.
Plus we were supposed to be having a break and I had been told that this was not to be a pressure cooker tour.
Do you like to make the most of the time while you are away or are you the one putting the breaks on?
How do you holiday?