All posts tagged: Australia

What are Australia’s Best beaches according to Qantas? // Quali sono le migliori spiagge australiane secondo Qantas?

Hello, sorry for my short absence, but I’ve been a bit busy with studying and work. It’s almost Xmas and here in Zurich it is getting warmer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ok with it, despite the lack of snow in the mountains. And the reason why is that I realised I’m actually becoming more of a summer person. I missed a wintery Xmas, although I must say, it’s only now I start to miss Australia and I’d like to be in the warm weather. Somehow I changed. I used to enjoy the change of seasons a lot more, especially summer and winter, but now it seems I’d always want to be in spring and summer. 🙂 So, to this I’m sharing with you Qantas selection of Australia’s Best Beaches. Click on the link at the end of the post. If you’re planning a trip, it’s definitely a big help or maybe not. You’d want to go everywhere! And if you’re not planning to visit Australia, well it’s still a great joy for your sight! …

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 …

Our last day in Melbourne and Australia // Il nostro ultimo giorno a Melbourne e in Australia

And here we are: our last day in Melbourne and in Australia. Actually this happened a few months ago, but I did not have the time to write about it, maybe I wasn’t ready and thought the last paragraph about the airport was too much. But then I thought, why not sharing it anyway? In the end we’ve been lucky and it’s normal to be happy about it, right? A strange feeling, as if nothing was going to happen. And in fact not much happened that day apart from the fact that we were going to leave the country. And probably, after a relaxed breakfast and a last stroll in the CBD, it’s been much about cleaning the apartment (the never ending story) and getting rid of every single little item that we accumulated in these 3 years. And I mean it! The apartment needed to be emptied completely not to incur in charges, thanks to our friends Carla and Lluis for letting us know (e.g. A soap near the sink is seen as not …

3 days to visit Kangaroo Island, a Honeymoon destination for Italians, not explored as much as it deserved by Aussies

Kangaroo Island as experienced by my mother. Guest Post written by Beatrice Porrati with some “add-ons” by me. Let’s start – How to get there? For example, from Melbourne take a flight to Adelaide, then rent a car and drive until Cape Jervis, roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes, so if you are arriving on Friday night, you might want to think of spending the night somewhere halfway or close to Cape Jervis. 40 minutes on the ferry and you’ll reach Penneshaw, one of the little town on the Island. Here, before starting your visit through the third biggest island of Australia, you can stop for coffee & cake or a quick lunch at Ultima tule Cafe’. Kangaroo Island is simply beautiful: three days is the minimum stay to have a taste of its nature, wilderness and peaceful life. But if you have more time you can stay all week to appreciate its people, environment and culture. The people who live here are mostly farmers and fishermen, but there are also some artists. Approximately 4.600 …

10 things that will surprise you when visiting Canberra

Canberra has never been on my travel bucket list, but I know that sooner or later I’d pay a visit. The occasion has been this last Easter long weekend. We didn’t have time to plan in advance and having visited most of what you can reach by car from Melbourne at a reasonable distance, well, it was time for Canberra. A couple of suggested stops on the way to&from Canberra: – Shepparton, for a quick bite on the way – Wagga Wagga, if you don’t want to do the trip all in one go, it’s a good place to stop – a laid back town, with a river bank to explore and a cool sunset to watch if you’re lucky and a couple dinner options, but being bank holiday not many were open and we went to G Thai and had a decent Pad Thai – Albury, a good stop for lunch on the way back to Melbourne, or Beechworth, if you want to go and try the delicacies where the renowned (in Victoria) Beechworth Bakery …

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 …

My ‘Aussie’, but multicultural haircut // Il mio taglio ‘australiano, ma multiculturale

Ho preso il coraggio a due mani e deciso di condividere la foto del mio taglio. A molti non freghera’ un granche’, ma visto che alcuni me l’hanno chiesta, non c’e’ niente di male nell’era del ‘selfie’, instagram, ecc… Eccola qui… Per carita’, nulla di drammatico, ed era in effetti cio’ che cercavo, solo la piega non mi ha esaltato, troppo da ‘bambola’ e forse per fortuna che non ha tenuto molto… Qualcuno mi ha anche consigliato di sorridere la prossima volta e ha ragione. Quando faccio le foto son talmente concentrata (a scattare un profilo decente ;)) che me ne dimentico, ma quando scatto agli altri, la cosa strana, e’ che sorrido anch’io! 🙂 p.s. Perche’ australiano, ma multiculturale? Leggete il mio posto precedente http://wp.me/p2LzYl-Hr ———- // ———- I decided to win over shy and “who cares about your haircut?” and poublish actually 2 photos. As I was mentioning, most people won’t really give a damn about it, but as someone asked me about it, why not? We’re in the ‘selfie’, instagram, fb era, …

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.

Dry July, it rhymes! // Cosa fai? Dry July!

A Spanish friend of mine once told me: “Australians are always asking you to donate a gold coin”. And it’s true, does this come from altruism or not I don’t know. They also love challenging themselves, each month with a different thing: to loose weight, to raise money for a specific project or charity. And most of the times they do both. An example is the Movember, that most of you will know (read about it here), or as the month of July just ended, the “Dry July”. A month of avoiding booze, as they call it here, or alcohol, a problem in Australia, to support adults with cancer. After living almost 2 years in Australia, I can say that I like these challenges and I find them an intelligent way to both do some good to others, but also to yourself. As you’re challenging you to achieve a goal, strengthen your willpower and improve yourself. And if you don’t feel strong enough, there’s always a way as most people participate in teams. So the …