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What is bushwalking? Here the Top 10 walks in & around Melbourne // Cos’e’ il “bushwalking”? Le 10 passaggiate Top a Melbourne e dintorni

Australia is a land where you can walk a lot. If only because it’s a huge island 🙂 We might not be able to do a lot of climbs uphill very high, although you can still do some, but you can definitely bushwalk. What is bushwalking? This is a word I discovered the first time I went to Australia in 2002 and it is basically walking in the bush, the Australian bush, which is the typical vegetation of Australia. Here’s the definition of a bushwalk by wikipedia: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bushwalk If you live in Melbourne, you’ve plenty of options of day trips and walk just 1 hour outside the city or even around the city. Here is the list of the Top 10 walks in and around Melbourne as published by “Concrete Playground”. Read at the following link: http://concreteplayground.com/melbourne/travel-leisure/leisure/the-ten-best-walks-in-and-around-melbourne/ Have you tried them all already? Which is your favourite? ———- // ———- In Australia sicuramente si puo’ camminare molto. Fosse solamente per la grandezza dell’isola che non lascia dubbi 🙂 Certo magari non si possono fare molte …

What’s the Melbourne Big Design Market? And what cool stuff to buy? // Cos’e’ il Big Design Market di Melbourne? ‘Cool stuff’ da comprare!

Last weekend was the Bid Design Market Melbourne (5-7th December) weekend, a great opportunity to know some local crafters, from Jewellery to leather and garden Designers, home décor and more. Definitely a good opportunity to buy your Xmas gifts or something to reward yourself. A Colour explosion housed at the Royal Exhibition Building, in the Carlton Gardens, that made me feel alive, that made me feel at home, surrounded by creativity, stimuli for the sight, …and mostly beauty! If you missed this year, keep it in mind for 2015 or have a look at some the craft brands I took note of or bought something J Here are some of the makers I liked the most, with a special focus on jewellery: Creative, fun and unusual T-shirts by ‘Hamb’ Colourful, candy Jewellery by ‘Emily Green’ Geometric, modern jewellery by ‘inSync Design’ Leather products by ‘A thoughtful spot’ Leather goods and jewellery by ‘Oktoberdee’ Resin jewellery by ‘Resinate’ Handmade Jewellery by ‘Kristina Brenke’ If you want to know more, this is the official website: http://www.thebigdesignmarket.com ———- …

Dove si trova il paradiso della carta a Melbourne // Where’s the Paper (art & craft) paradise in Melbourne?

A lazy Sunday and hot morning in Melbourne, went out to get a couple of things done and indulged in visiting a shop I longed visiting for a while: Paperpoint. Well, I started exploring what was on the shelves and from the start I got positively overwhelmed by the colours and textures that were all around, let alone all the cute Xmas decorations, little puppets and little things all over the shop. I was in heaven. It was about just about joy! the little neurons or people that are in my head, just started running and jumping around, happy! A new idea after the other came out of all the things that Paperpoint was selling. Well, you’ll know I bought half of the shop and luckily it was lunch time and /i had to go home, otherwise it would have a been a much worse “economic disaster”! 🙂 It made me feel excited like when I used to spend hours at “Il Paradiso della carta‘ (The Paper paradise) in Milan or at ‘L’antica Cartoleria Novecento” …

1st Haircut in Australia? // Primo taglio in Australia?

Sometimes we believe that there’s no place like our home country. There they do everything, or most things, better. Let’s take Hair-cutting and Italy. Well, objectively they cut your hair very well in Italy and my experience relies actually on Milan (lately Adore’) where I lived most of my life. If I say I had my 1st Haircut in Australia last week, it’s not true…I should say “since I’m back”. I once I had a haircut at Bondi beach with my friend Martina in 2001 and I was actually pretty happy with it! 🙂 But I can say I had my 1st cut in Melbourne 2 weeks ago and I survived! Just joking! As per my first lines, thinking I cannot have my hair cut anywhere else in the world (I’ve been back twice to Italy and I had my hair cut while I was there), I asked people to understand where to go, once passed the idea of hairdressers being more expensive here. As I liked the haircut style of my friend Penny, I …

4th time – Melbourne most liveable city! What are the others?

Even if it’s very quick, I could not avoid sharing this article. it’s been almost 2 years and Melbourne you already hold a special place in my heart! Everybody should stop by for a few days in Melbourne when visiting Australia! Why? Because of its lifestyle, its cafes and restaurant, different spots of the city where ‘Australian old’ mixes with super modern, South Melbourne and St Kilda, the beaches going towards the Mornington Peninsula and all the sorroundings if you fancy wine and food or rugged coastline and wildlife. I could write forever, but I’ll leave you to the article from SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/19/melbourne-again-worlds-most-liveable-city And enjoy below a quick selection of photographs of Melbourne and area.

Run Melbourne, Run Vale Run! What’s it like to run your 1st 5k? // Run Melbourne: Corri Vale corri! Come ci si sente a correre la prima 5km?

I started running maybe 3 years ago, but not constantly. 3-4 months of running, then nothing and so on. My longest run has been just a bit above 6Km and never repeated so far. And for the last year or so I’ve been wanting to challenge myself with a real run for my level: a 5K run! I’ve been procrastinating, forgetting and so on till last Friday when I realised The Age 2014 Run Melbourne was on SUNDAY 27TH July. Even without real training, maybe 3K a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do it! It’s now or never! A friend of mine was doing the 10K and other people were busy or not up for it, so I did it by myself, for myself, to challenge myself. Before the start I was feeling happy, Carlo was there to support me, but a bit nervous. Then getting closer to the Start Line, the music, loads of people (almost 5,000 for the 5K), I started getting really excited. The run: we started climbing a little …

And the Australian Open 2014 have begun!

Here we go again, it’s summer in Melbourne, temperature are skyrocketing, yes it’s time for the Australian Open 2014! From 13th till the 26th of January 2014. Click on the picture below to enjoy this video of the AO Open beginning and a piece of result from the 1st day: And tomorrow I’ll enjoy them live, hoping to watch Nadal’s come back to Australia. 🙂

POSITIVE MONDAY! – Monday Positive Start!

Just a quick note & video to start a new week with a positive attitude! We know Mondays can be quite hard sometimes. Spring has just started, UpAbove is still summer, we can make what we want out of our life. I’m quoting my friend Carlos: “Half an hour can change your life”,for the positive, or even just a minute! (Original quote in Spanish: “Una media hora te puede cambiar la vida”) So let’s take it slowly, relax, stop for a moment and listen to this people singing a song in Federation Square, just in the Melbourne CBD. For the Video Click on the photo below or on the following link: http://youtu.be/ZPK5eI4tRnA

What does it take to be a Melbournian? // 18 cose per dire di essere di Melbourne

Today, or tonight, I just wanted to share with you this funny article about 18 things that define you as a Melbournian according to the Herald Sun. I must say I already agree on some of them. For example I want to have a good coffee shop near home, and I’d like also to be able to buy ‘Prosciutto di Parma‘ everytime I want at the Woolworths close to my house, but I still don’t freak out if I don’t have a good souvlaki within reach, but it nerves me more that I need to travel a bit to find good Dim Sim (it’s not the Vietnamese Pho, but still Asian, C’mon I’m Italian, it already counts for me! 😉 ). So as you can see, I’m getting there eheh Although I still miss the #2 that says that the AFL final is more important than Xmas, New Year’s and Australia Day (at the same time). The question is, will I ever get there? It can both sound scary and exciting at the same time! …