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Word a Week Photo Challenge: Yellow

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Yellow is one of the colours that make up the uniform of Aussie surf lifesavers. These are some of the bollards in Geelong on the bollards walk.

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I love the soft shade of yellow in this rose.

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Queenscliff: Q Seafood Provedore and sightseeing

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One of the reasons we went to Geelong was to try the restaurant 360Q but when we got there we found it was closed. We didn’t know it was only open at night on Saturdays. Disappointed, we looked to find somewhere else to eat. Luckily there are several other restaurants and cafes. We decided to try Q Seafood Provedore. It was a beautiful afternoon so we sat outside. We chose one of the specials, a Borek filled with salmon, spinach and feta. Börek is a family of baked or fried filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo. In fact there was LOT of spinach. It was served with a spinach salad. I think the chef needs to rethink the salad. There was far too much spinach in the whole dish. Popeye would have been proud of the amount of spinach we ate. Neither of us had heard of a Borek before but it sounded delicious. As you may know if you’ve read my other posts, I love salmon.

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The Q Tower. Part of the redevelopment of the marina where the ferry leaves for Sorrento on the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry.

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Looking from the tower through the heads of Port Phillip Bay.
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The ferry terminal.

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Looking down to where we had lunch.

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Geelong: Waterfront Seafood

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There are so many restaurants I want to visit that I rarely get time to revisit ones I love. It must be good for me to go back. Waterfront Seafood is one of the few I’ve been able to revisit. I love their food and service and the fact they serve Chandon wines is a definite reason for me to come back. This was the third time I’ve eaten there this year which, considering it is nearly 100km from my home, is pretty good. It is one of about four (from memory) such eateries on the street level of the Edgewater building.

After reading the menu I had decided what I wanted to eat. The waiter brought our water over and mentioned the specials. One of them was Salmon Wellington. I’ve never heard of Salmon Wellington let alone eaten it. I’m used to seeing Beef Wellington on menus. Being a sucker for anything that has salmon in it I decided to try that. I’m so glad I did. There was no skimping on the size of the salmon fillet either. It was a very generous size. I loved it. I was told I had ordered the last one too so I was really lucky.

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This is what the Salmon Wellington looked like inside. As you can see it was a generous piece of salmon.

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My friend ordered Snapper.

Geelong: Fishbowl restaurant

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Staying at the Vue Apartments entitled us to a 25% discount at three different restaurants in Geelong. We chose the one that was nearest our hotel. In fact it was diagonally opposite and was called Fishbowl.

I love being able to view menus online. It saves so much trouble wondering if the menu will be suitable. We had a table in the window, overlooking Corio Bay in the near distance. I loved being able to gaze at the water while the sun was setting.

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King George Whiting- Tempura King George whiting fillets, home-style style chunky fries, chefs green salad. I love King George Whiting. It’s one of my favourite varieties of fish. It’s not the cheapest and can have a lot of bones but it is beautiful.

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Seared Scallops – Pan seared scallops with roasted almond and capsicum oil served with aoli and saffron bur blanc. This was my friend’s meal.

We ordered dessert but really didn’t enjoy that. I ordered the Organic Apple and Date Strudel. There were so many things wrong with it I sent it back and the waitress had it taken off our bill. My friend ordered Creme Brulee. She didn’t enjoy it much but decided not to return it because I’d returned my strudel.

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I started the night with my favourite Toblerone cocktail. So nice on a warm day.

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Beauty in dereliction

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This old, derelict building sits opposite the Vue Apartments in Geelong. I can visualise the building as it would have been in its prime. It must have been very striking in those days. It was built in the late 1880’s as a hotel but was converted to the Ritz Flats at some point. Apparently it has been empty and decaying for about 30 years. It’s such a shame it has been let go to the point that it should be bulldozed.

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Barwon Heads…home of tv show ‘Seachange’

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One of my favourite tv shows of the past was Seachange. It was filmed in Barwon Heads and St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in the late 1990s. Part of the plot was about demolishing/saving the bridge in the picture below. Many famous Aussie actors featured in the show which also launched the career of David Wenham who has gone on to appear in international movies.

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This building is now a restaurant named ‘At the Heads’. We didn’t go inside but it looks like a nice place to eat. The view over the river mouth is very pretty, especially on one of the few nice days we’ve had lately.

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The town of Barwon Heads is very pretty. I’ve heard it’s a great place for a relaxing holiday. There are craft shops, cafes and restaurants.
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Geelong accommodation: Vue Apartments

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Last weekend a friend and I went to Geelong for a couple of nights. Each year we like to have a foodie weekend away and check out a different region in Victoria.

We needed a two bedroom apartment which can be quite expensive. I came across a voucher deal for Vue Apartments which provided excellent value. Although we weren’t supposed to have a view of Corio Bay, we could see the water if we looked out of the bedroom windows. It was just a few minutes walk to the beach and restaurants. Very handy when you want to have a drink or two with dinner.

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The view of Corio Bay from my friend’s bedroom.

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The apartment was compact but well-designed. It had a kitchen with full cooking facilities and a washing machine and dryer. I love being able to be self-sufficient when I’m away.
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You may have noticed the mural on the outside of the building is the same as the painting on the lounge room wall. I assume all apartments have the same painting. I didn’t realise it was the same until I was taking the photos of the exterior.

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