Month: June 2013

Places you never knew you could ski // Posti insoliti per sciare

Here downunder it’s winter, although it’s frequently sunny and temperature are more than bearable. For now like a mild autumn, at least during the day. Anyway, as it is winter, my thought goes directly to snow! And maybe the thought could be somehow ‘refreshing’ for those in Europe or UpAbove, suffering from the heat. i came across this article about very unusual places to ski on The Age, Did you know you could ski in … If curious, have a read! http://www.theage.com.au/travel/blogs/miss-snow-it-all/places-you-never-knew-you-could-ski-20130627-2oywy.html ———- // ———- Qui da queste parti, in Australia, è inverno e almeno a Melbourne un po’ si sente, soprattutto la mattina e la sera, mentre durante il giorno, essendoci spesso il sole, sembra quasi di vivere un tiepido autunno. Comunque la parola inverno non puo’ che risvegliare in me la voglia di sciare! Stamattina sono incappata in questo articolo che, per la calda europa o l’emisfero settentrionale, potrebbe risultare ‘rinfrescante’! 🙂 Ecco una lista di posti impensabili dove sciare! Se siete curiosi, leggete un po’ qui: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/blogs/miss-snow-it-all/places-you-never-knew-you-could-ski-20130627-2oywy.html Advertisements

La Cucina del Buongusto

  Oggi vi racconto di un libro perchè quale miglior modo che viaggiare con la mente e stimolare la propria creatività ed immaginazione leggendo? Ho, infatti, appena finito di leggere La Cucina del Buongusto, libro con il quale mi sono sentita in armonia per vari motivi, ma 2 principalmente: 1. la scoperta dell’amore per la cucina come ispirazione, valvola di sfogo, momento di relax con se stessi, di contemplazione di luoghi e sapori lontani (vivendo in Australia), di apprendimento di nuove ricette, di amore verso se stessi e chi condividera’ il cibo con noi 2. Il vivere all’estero e volere mantenere vive le proprie tradizioni e approfondendole in cucina. Dal libro traspare un amore verso la cucina, i prodotti e la loro origine, i modi di cucinare oltre che verso la famiglia e la tradizione. E’ un libro rassicurante, nel quale trovare al contempo pace ed ispirazione, oltre a che gustosi aneddoti e ricette da provare. Non dico null’altro, e’ da leggere!   Ecco la presentazione del libro a Palermo un po’ di tanto fa’ per …

‘Dumb Ways to die’ campaign PR winner at Cannes

Dumb Ways to die – HelmetDo you remember the funny campaign, cartoon-like, that I wrote about a couple of months ago about SAfety & trains in Victoria and Melbourne? Here you can refresh your memory as part of one my posts here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/just-an-incredible-ad-to-watch-dumb-ways-to-die-una-pubblicita-da-non-perdere-dumb-ways-to-die/ Well, a friend just told me that the Victoria Metro Train campaign ‘Dumb ways to die‘ just won the Grand Prix in PR at Cannes. Fore more details, read here:http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14696.aspx# And/or click on the image below for the Ad Campaign Video: ‘Dumb Ways To Die’ Flinders Station billboard Related articles Dumb Ways to Die wins big at Cannes (theage.com.au) Dumb Ways To Die takes its third grand prix of Cannes with radio win (mumbrella.com.au) Dumb ways to die starts winning everything in Cannes. (adland.tv) A Quirky Ad Listing ‘Dumb Ways To Die’ Is On Its Way To Being Crowned Best Ad Of The Year (businessinsider.com) Dumb Ways will clean up at Cannes – ‘because standards are low this year’ (mumbrella.com.au)

World’s 100 best beaches // La Top 100 delle più belle spiagge al mondo! // Las 100 playas màs bonitas

In Europe, and everywhere “Upabove”, it seems that summer finally has landed (Milan was boiling with 40°C these days, and here Downunder, we never loose our summery mood and we are so close to hot spots on the planet, already within a 2-3 hours reach in Australia. The weekend is approaching and daydreaming about a beautiful beach is more than understandable and it helps to get by these last 2 days of the week. So here is some pictures of some extraordinary beaches you might want to visit one day or daydream for now 🙂 Have a look and see if you ever been to one of these ones! http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/travel/100-best-beaches  ——— // ——— in Europa, e nell’emisfero nord, oramai sembra che l’estate sia arrivata, (a Milano le temperature hanno raggiunto i 40° gradi dopo un’ingrata primavera!9) e qui Downunder non smettiamo mai di pensare all’estate! Perchè in Australia esiste l’inverno? La gente si ostina ad usare le Havaianas anche sotto i 15°C a Melbourne, ma tutto fa’ colore! 🙂 E comunque in 2-3 ore si …

FIJI Part 3: the Mamanucas Islands & the Coral Coast // FIJI: isole Mamanucas e Coral coast

Well, it’s been difficult to plan the trip at times as the weather forecast was continually changing and I expect this is probably normal in the South Pacific area. Luckily it did not get too much in the way of relaxing and having fun. Finally the trip to the Mamanucas Islands, one of the 2 archipelagos not to miss, was scheduled for Wednesday. We’d tour the first islands and then stop on Mana Island, a long but narrow island with a resort and backpackers, where you have the luxury to choose which beach to go to. We went with South Sea cruises‎, most of the 1-day trips are valued at 200FJ$ or less, which is around 100AUD$, a bit less in €. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the show put in place by nature that day was simply to die for. Clear water, white, long sandy beaches, corals and palms… WELCOME TO MANA ISLAND! Our arrival accompanied by music…feeling like a star in the movies or too much of a tourist, you choose. …

FIJI Part 2: Sigatoka Sand Dunes // Le FIJI e le dune di sabbia

When I started looking over the internet which were Fiji  highlights, I read about the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. Before these sand dunes, looking back at the past, I’ve been to some in New Zealand and Australia, on Fraser Island, and probably to something similar in Europe, but not to the famous ones in France. I was curious to see them in Fiji and that is why on Tuesday morning at 8am we were at the “gate” of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, yes because it’s best to visit them early in the morning or just before they close down as it may be too hot during the day. We were offered to do the tour with a guide and we accepted in order to learn a bit more about the place. And that’s when Epeli took the scene. We started walking up the forest and meanwhile I was thinking that it had been a while since my last bushwalk. I’ve always been used to walk in the mountains and all-around since little, but it’s …

An unexpected trip to FIJI – Part 1 // Alla scoperta delle FIJI – Parte 1

An unexpected trip to Fiji that’s what happened to me. What is considered to be a luxury or honeymoon destination in italy is just so close to Australia, a 4 hour flight from Melbourne, and affordable, if you take advantage of flight bargains and book cheap accommodation through Booking.com or Wotif, for example. And that’s what I did with my friends! And you still get to go to the luxury resort beaches as the beach, in most countries outside Italy, is a public place. So you get the best without spending too much money. Our trip started with a bumpy and scary flight with Pacific Air, Qantas partner, due to the bad weather conditions, but we survived that and landed in Nadi. Not a good looking city, and even worse with the rain, but this gave us the chance to explore it a little bit more. We visited the Hindu temple, modern but very colourful, the craft market, where you need to bargain, the fruit & veggie market, where we discovered wonderful fruit, veggies, spices, …