All posts filed under: Victoria

A 3 day recipe to get a taste of the Gippslands

When you visited most of the highlights of Victoria, then it’s time to push yourself beyond. And with beyond I mean the Gippslands. What I’m proposing to you it’s a 3 day trip to see what you have to see around this area, but of course you can extend your stay. Day 1 – Get a flavour of enchanting Wilsons Promontory Day 2 – 90 miles beach and the Lakes Entrance area Day 3 – enjoy the Gippsland a bit more before making your way back through Walhalla Day 1 Wilsons Prom, as it’s known, is about 3hours away from Melbourne. I suggest you make a coffee stop at 2/3 of the way in Meeniyan where there are nice little cafes, like The Meeniyan Store where you can also indulge in quite good treats, also gluten free like the Nougat one, and top up on organic fruit & veg and home-made produce such as jams, sauces, chutneys, fruit in Syrup. Cruise till the Prom and then onto Squeaky Beach where you can admire the amazing …

At least 7 things to do in Phillip Island on a day trip // Almeno 7 cose da fare a Phillip Island

Phillip Island is definitely an option for a day trip, although I’d recommend not to leave this trip as the last one around Victoria or you risk being disappointed, at least by the towns on the island. The nature, as always in Australia, is just amazing. A good plan, if you don’t want to just enjoy the beach, is to start with a quick visit to (1) Churchill Island Farmers Market, on in the morning every 4th Saturday of the month until 1pm. You can find the usual: flowers, fruit & veg, jams, some meats, homemade sweets, sauces and pasta and also nuts for example. We bought some granola and honey crunch macadamia from Twins Pantry. Then we went to (2) Cowes for a brunch at Madcowes. Don’t expect the typical Melbourne “designer/hipster” type of place, but the food is good. Our choice, eggs benedict with spinach for me and with baked beans for Carlo. There are a couple of other options that look inviting at the entrance of Cowes and on the main street …

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” …

A recipe for a relaxing getaway: Good Food, wine and … at Daylesford // Ricetta per il relax: Buona tavola e buon vino, e … a Daylesford

A kind staff will welcome you when you arrive at The Lake house in Daylesford. You enter an environment of indulgence, interesting pieces of furniture that all find their place. And it’s only 1 hour and a half from Melbourne. A relaxing getaway for a day or a weekend. This time the description in the post will be more detailed (e.g. the lunch menu), but I’ve organised it in sections so you can read what interests you the most. Salus Spa I’ve spent the first 2 hours being pampered at the Spa thanks to my husband’s wedding anniversary present. I indulged in a full body massage and a facial. All the lotions perfumes’ they used contributed to the relaxation experience as I ended smelling a bouquet of fresh vegetables, although I’ve later been told it was all about flowers and fruit. And I wasn’t even hungry! Well, still a mistery to me… All this while Carlo was enjoying the lounge. Although no one actually came up to him to ask if he wanted a glass …

What’s it like a Saturday afternoon at the Hot Springs // Un pomeriggio alle terme vicino a Melbourne

Another tick on my bucket list for Melbourne and Victoria: the Peninsula Hot springs at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It came as an invite to a prolonged birthday celebration of a French friend, it couldn’t have been a better invitation as I wanted to go there for a long time. And it was the perfect end to the celebration, the party of the Friday night was awesome! 🙂 It takes a 1h 30 min to get there, or 1h 15min via toll way. Once you’re on the Peninsula the panorama starts to be already very pleasant. Thing to absolutely know: you have to book your appointment in advance for a specific time, otherwise you risk being denied entrance, also if you’re late on a fully booked day. Yes, that’s Australia! Passed the admin, it’s a very enjoyable place, especially because it wasn’t that packed. You should not expect neither a luxurious place nor a European level hot springs, but they’re nonetheless pretty good. There are I think 30 pools, hot and cold, with …

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.

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. 🙂

Torquay and Bells Beach, the Surfers paradise! // Las playas de Torquay y Bells, las playas de los surferos!

Por fin un día de vacaciones en el medio de la semana! Y cual mejor idea que salir de Melbourne y ir a las afueras? También para recordar que estoy en Australia. Hay muchas cosas que te lo recuerden, pero no como ver la inmensidad del territorio, la costa, el océano… En fin la gran naturaleza australiana. Asi’ que con algunos amigos Espanoles, cual mejor compañía?? Jeje 😉 Nos fuimos primero a Rose State Garden, para empezar despacito y con tranquilidad. Un jardin precioso con rosas de todo tipo, color y olor. Un cafecito, una charla y ala! A la vuelta de Torquay, la Surf Coast del Victoria aprox a 1h y media de Melbourne. Dimos una vuelta y luego elegimos un cafe muy bonito, una mesa al sol (aguantamos!) y hamburguesa y cerveza. Que’ mas queríamos? Luego un paseito al sol antes de tumbarnos en el césped al lado de la playa para evitar el viento, bastante intenso, que soplaba en la primavera australiana. Tercera etapa fue Bells Beach, la playa de lo surferos …

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! …