All posts tagged: Docklands

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 …

Sand Sculptures in the Docklands 16-17 Feb 2013

These sand sculptures are just amazing!! Click on the link below to go on the Docklands Spotter section: Sand Sculptures in the Docklands 16-17 Feb 2013. Related articles Life-sized sand sculpture of a Qantas aircraft in Sydney (lostateminor.com) Unbelievable Molding of Sand and Mud in Scenery (oddstuffmagazine.com) Sand sculpture aspirations (willtravelwithkids.wordpress.com) Amazing Sand Art (amokarts.wordpress.com)  

26.1.2013 AUSTRALIA DAY: che cos’è? / AUSTRALIA DAY >> I spent lunch in the Docklands, Melbourne

Dunque l’Australia Day è il giorno in cui è stato effettuato il 1° insediamento nella terra di “New Holland”, ossia l’Australia come veniva chiamata in origine. Viene festeggiato il 26 gennaio in commemorazione del lontano 1788, l’anno dell’arrivo delle navi inglesi, pero’ si è cominciato a festeggiare l’Anniversary Day o Foundation Day o Ana Day, come veniva chiamato in precedenza, nel 1808 e ufficialmente nel 1818 con la formazione dello stato del New South Wales. Di solito è festa nazionale e anche se cade di sabato, come quest’anno, la festa viene estesa al lunedì successivo. Per questo lunedì 28 gennaio sarà un giorno di festa e di vacanza in tutta l’Australia. L’Australia Day è anche il momento di onorare gli Australiani che con le loro azioni hanno dato esempio e lustro alla Nazione. Avviene, quindi, il conferimento degli Awards per ‘l’Australiano dell’anno’ o ‘Australian of the year’. Quest’anno è stato conferito a Ita Buttrose per i traguardi raggiunti professionalmente nel settore del giornalismo e dei media, per la volontà di dare alla donna un ruolo …

TAKE A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY ACROSS THE CITY

I just found out this list, thanks to the Melbourne officiale website melbourne.vic.gov.au/Christmas, to make your way across Melbourne’s Christmas decorations and some lights! 🙂 Have a look! CHRISTMAS DECORATION MAP! >>> http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Christmas/Documents/Christmas2012_map.pdf Among the Xmas Decorations sites, don’t forget the Docklands with its Xmas Markets every Friday from 4:00 till 9:00pm until Dec 21st. For more info, look: http://bit.ly/VsS2Q4   Here what happened last year, in 2011: Christmas Square (City Square – corner of Swanston and Collins Street) 2 December until 3 January 2012 See City Square (renamed Christmas Square for the month of December) transformed into a magical Christmas forest. Supported by Mirabella Swanston Street baubles  2 December until 7 January 2012 From St Paul’s Cathedral to Victoria Parade, Swanston Street becomes the Christmas boulevard. Melbourne Town Hall (100 Swanston Street) 2 December until 27 December 2011 Melbourne Town Hall has been gift wrapped and decorated with giant toy soldiers. Centreway Arcade bauble stack (enter off Collins Street between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets) 2 December until 3 January 2012 Colourful baubles by day …

Friday at 7 back to heaven

It’s Friday, actually it was Friday yesterday, it was 7 o’clock, the weather was warm, spring, or more spring to summer and I was getting home, walking, just because of such a good weather. I was walking from Bourke St in Melbourne back to the Docklands and I just seeing load of people walking down. I crossed Southern Cross Station, so I thought everybody was in a hurry to catch their train and be back home as soon as possible to start their own weekend. Then I started seeing people wearing a scarf, definitely not the weather to wear a scarf. I then noticed that all the scarves looked more or less the same, well, oh yeah, Friday = Football game. Then, you could discuss what kind of football, if “real football”, and with that I mean European or Southamerican soccer, or one of the Australian football or rugby. Anyway, this is not important! The good thing is that there was really a nice atmosphere, relaxed, joyful, with the sun warming up the air and …

Sailing day in the Docklands

I’ve always been fascinated by sailing and I did a course when I was younger in beautiful Sardinia, how lucky we are in Italy, with the ‘Velamare’ school. Then I didn’t have much opportunity to sail apart from a few times with more experts friends. Every time I really enjoyed it! Sometimes I’m sea-sick, but I discovered wonderful patches. You can dance in the boat, but you feel nothing in your stomach, great! And sometimes I’m also a bit afraid, but then the challenge gives me the thrill to try myself. And so last Sunday we went for casual sailing at the docklands Yacht club, which is something carried out by family or a group of friends. You certainly feel most welcome and everybody is very warm and welcoming. You don’t have to expect anything posh, but just a sort of “hangar”, where they store all the equipment and boats and a small office. Last Sunday it was a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne and so my husband and I went down to try ourselves …

Morning run in the sun! / Correr por la manana en el sol / Correre la mattina avvolti da un abbraccio caldo

Running in the morning has never been such a pleasant thing! 9am and something, a beautiful sunny day and lots of wind, but warm wind like if it was 1 o’clock and maybe in the Desert. I managed to do my 30 min run after a period of low running or almost no running. It was peaceful and calm in the Docklands, starfishes on the docks, what a beautiful surprise while running! I just felt free and full of energy with the world just waiting for my next move. A white paper to fill in. Great feeling! Running is great! Let’s see if I can make it a good habit and maybe to some city runs or so! I’ll keep you posted on that! And I guess a good reward for the next time could be a nice cappuccino + brekkie in one of the Docklands cafès! http://bit.ly/Vkvtw2 (LINK) They look tempting and with an amazing view!   Esta manhana me he levantado temprano, me he despertado por el fuerte sol que entraba por la …