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On our way from Melbourne to Port Campbell, via the Great Ocean Road, we came upon a couple of small, quaint towns.  One was Apollo Bay where we stopped for a potty break then decided we would eat there, too.  We found the bathrooms in next to the park in one of the Information Centers and while I waited for Tony, I walked around the park and explored.

Australia is really big on parks.  It seems like one can’t travel for more than a few blocks without finding a park.  They aren’t cookie cutter parks, either.  Each one is unique.  The one shown below showcased local materials and local artists.  We found a number of beautifully handmade park benches on which to sit and enjoy the deep blue skies.  I also was captivated by a mosaic drinking fountain (shown below).  It appeared to be made entirely of recycled glass and broken tiles.  The water came out the spout and any that wasn’t caught by the drinker’s mouth spiraled down the length of the fountain and into a drain at the bottom.  There were also a number of wooden sculptures, all pretty abstract and probably aboriginal in design.  One sculpture, much less abstract, was of local seals.  You’ll see that one below too.

It was truly a beautiful little town in which to enjoy lunch and even more, had we had the time.  If you’re ever in Australia on the Great Ocean Road, remember the name Apollo Bay.

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The bay at Apollo Bay.

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Some of the abstract sculptures.

A closer view of sculptures.

A closer view of sculptures.

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Handmade park bench uses local trees.

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Sculpture featuring local sealife!

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Spiral mosaic drinking fountain.

 

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This is the kind of day we had for the first day of the new year. It was crisp but the sky was a clear blue. What you might call a picture postcard type of day.

Mission at Sonoma

This is Mission San Francisco de Solano, located in Sonoma, California. This is the furthest north of all the 21 missions. It was built to extend and defend Mexican interests from Russians and others who were coming from the north.

Funny thing, when I was looking for information, there were a number of photographs and I must say, mine looks so much better than any of them!

 

Sonoma City Hall through the trees

This is Sonoma City Hall. It stands in the middle of the Plaza. Apparently, the four walls are identical so as not to insult of favor any of the merchants across any of the four sides of the Plaza. It is still used today. And yes, the sky looked just like this!

 

Valley of the Moon mural

And I’ll end with this mural which is in one of the many shopping centers off of the outer Plaza in Sonoma. I want to bring this mural home with me!


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