Last sunset in Saigon before we leave for Australia.
Quynh writes while waiting in Vietnam Airlines VIP room for our flight.
Quynh, a pillow and a window.
Morning clouds through an icy plane window
Painted in Waterlogue
Watercolour treatment of a plane snapshot. This eventually turned into a t-shirt.
Attempting to look photogenic after a sleepless overnight flight.
Phone box comparison. On the left: Saigon. On the right: Melbourne.
Strangely, the first thing we see as we venture out from our one-nighter Collingwood location is a Vespa dealer. We see enough of these already in Saigon, thankyou.
Street art in Collingwood
Minutes into our first street walk we are reminded of where we came from.
Forbidden rices? Forbidden prices, more like it.
A lovely red bike for our brother, Quan to enjoy.
The owner of a vintage clothes store owns this beauty.
Quynh considers whether these 6-inch heels would fit in our return luggage.
We spent more time in this vintage shop on Smith Street, Collingwood, than pretty much any other store.
I missed out on playing 24 street pianos by 6 days.
Intriguing sign posted on the door of a Smith Street bar.
Rose Chong in Gertrude St, Collingwood
A dream store for Quynh's mum
The most Aussie of all names is all that is needed to label this store.
You can't drink the tapwater in Vietnam, so buying bottles is essential. In Australia, it's just plain stupidity, so this brand is appropriately named.
Quynh goes for the free tapwater while I shell out for something I would miss terribly if I moved back to Australia. Unfortunately, this stuff is expensive and too sweet - the Thai version.
A typical inner-suburban terrace house scene
A drop of colour in a barren corner of the front yard
It's a third of the way through Summer but Melbourne looks like Spring.
Harsh, direct sunlight can't hide the antique beauty of these terrace houses.
Fitzroy street view
That brown spot is a slow-moving echidna who has just finished crossing the road. Slow as he was, he was still faster than me with my non-zoom iPhone camera.
A pink rose blooms in the only sunny spot available.
Graffiti tag in East Melbourne
Moreton Bay figs in Carlton Gardens
Carlton Gardens view
A student paints in Carlton Gardens
Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton Gardens
Quynh rests on the soft grass in Carlton Gardens
Quynh dwarfed by the giant doors on the Royal Exhibition Buildings
Art outside the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens
What a lovely couple these two Roos make.
Another view of the Royal Exhbition Buildings
The sofa we slept on for our first night in Melbourne - Max & Marty's renovation project in Collingwood.
Strange architecture in the Docklands, opposite Southern Cross Station
Waiting for our train to Bairnsdale
Our train arrives.
Mind The Gap