All posts tagged: Melbourne

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 …

Is ‘Livable’ Another Word for ‘Boring’? Madrid vs Melbourne

Last week I was walking to my German class on this beautiful path next to the river in Zurich and, as always, my mind is wandering and thinking of 10,000 things at once or almost one after the other. And this question came to my mind: “Does the most liveable city in the world mean it’s boring?”.  It’s just one of those questions to ponder on. I guess the reason why this question came to my mind is because in the last 5 years, if I exclude Milan and Zurich where I recently moved to, I lived in two cities, which I both loved and still loved: Madrid and Melbourne. The difference between them, without going into detail, is that: Madrid – did not make the Top 10 of the most liveable cities in the world, but it’s very well organised, I’d say everything works pretty well and, to my knowledge, it’s one of liveliest and fun city in the world Melbourne – is at the Top of the ranking for the 5th time and is …

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” …

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, …

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. 🙂