Little Italy

Alfresco dining on Lygon St

For my last night in Melbourne, I ventured out to Lygon Street, famous for its Italian restaurants.  Many, many moons ago it is where the early Italians settled in Melbourne. It did feel like I had been transported to Europe. However, mama would have not be impressed with the pizzas!!!   I envisioned authentic thin crust pizza baked in a wood fire oven; instead I might as well have ordered … Continue reading

Wanderings in Melbourne

Luna Park, St Kilda

The best kind of travelling is when someone else is paying :o) I’m working in Melbourne for a week, but I have the weekend to explore this vibrant city. On Saturday, looking like a right tourist with my camera swinging from my wrist and carrying a free city map from the hotel, I walk from the CBD to St Kilda. I started my epic journey (well it felt epic to … Continue reading

#5 Sydneysider – The Newtown Festival

Graffiti at Newtown Festival

One of my favourite suburbs in Sydney is Newtown.  It attracts a slightly alternative community; where you find students hanging out, people with mad pink or dreadlocked hairdos, and a few goths thrown into the equation; it’s where grunginess is cool. Newtown is a great place on weekends to just to chill out at, drink chai, chomp down on some great veggie food or browse through the eclectic mix of … Continue reading

#4 Sydneysider – Bondi to Coogee Walk

Walk on the Wild Side SIgn

Waverley to Bronte to Coogee to Bronte to Bondi to Waverley.  Absolutely exhausted, but after many years of wanting to do it, I finally did the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk; well to be pedantic Coogee to Bondi,  plus a wee bit more.  It’s a 6 km walk from Bondi to Coogee, the path hugging stunning cliffs and beaches, but according to Runkeeper I managed an impressive 15km. It was … Continue reading

#3 Sydneysider – The Manly Jazz Festival

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For this week’s “blogging at home” series, I decided to do a photo blog of the Manly Jazz Festival.   Jazz is not generally my cup of tea, but it was a glorious weekend and I usually stumble across some music palatable to my ears :o) And the best thing, it’s FREE!!!! Info: The Manly Jazz Festival is held every year on the October long weekend in Manly, Sydney.  The festival takes over the Corso and the ocean … Continue reading