All posts tagged: Tasmania

What does a World Top 10 Beach look like? Go to Tasmania and find out // Come vi immaginate una tra le 10 piu’ belle spiagge al mondo in Tasmania? Venite a scoprirlo

For a while I wanted to go back to Tasmania. Since I’ve been there for Xmas in 2012 and our rental car was cancelled. So finally a Jetstar promotion came up and we flew to Launceston on a Saturday morning for a very affordable price. Destination: Wineglass Bay (in the Top 100 Best World Beaches) and the Bay of Fires, worth seeing too. Car rented through Hertz for $80, we stayed in a very cheap motel in St Helens booked through Booking.com. 1st Day A couple of hours later we indulge in a 2nd brekkie at Barkmill Tavern & Bakery. Delicious Tomato, Bacon & tomato Quiche and not a bad croissant. We’re now big fans of a salty breakfast. the bakery is pretty good and we buy some bread for a later snack. Even though we’re in the middle of autumn, the temperature outside is pretty good, around 18-20C and mostly sunny. We arrive at the National Park, 24$ entrance fee per car for 24 hours. We pass by Coles Bay that we’ll later explore …

Happy Bday – What did happen in 1 Year of Blogging? // Buon compleanno! Cosa vuol dire scrivere un blog per 1 anno?

September 26th that’s the day I finally decided to start blogging! It’s been an amazing year, during which: I experienced a lot started living in Australia again, in Melbourne for the 1st time, travelled around here & collected new stamps on my passport in Fiji, New Zealand and Thailand (I still have to write about it) met a lot of fantastic people that inspired me, in Melbourne and through Blogging experienced working by myself, in an art gallery, always looking for learning something new and learnt so much about taking photographs with a DSLR, French, reaching a good intermediate level, as my friends Gaelle & Xavier would say learnt a bit of jewellery making and a lot of small things, making bread, some Footy rules, etc… but most of all, as we’re talking about Blogging, I learnt how to blog, although there’s still so much to learn, got a deeper understanding of WordPress & social media communications and started implementing what I learnt, shared my thoughts, feelings, my travel diaries with many people that have …

Wine & The City

After a few days of absence from the internet, I’m now sitting in a wine bar ready to enjoy a well deserved meal. Well deserved after fasting at breakfast after a test. My choice is a ‘Savoury Tart’, or quiche, with some salad and balsamic vinegar. Very good indeed! All accompanied by a very good glass of Red wine from Tasmania. I’m feeling like something light since it is warm and Pinot Noir it is: Glaetzer Dixon Avance Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Excellent! It’s sunny, the air is clear, and I’m feeling so relaxed! the lunch at the ‘Wine Shop’ is really delicious, but a coffee and some ‘biscotti’ make the perfect ending to a good meal. the desserts are really inviting, but too sumptuous in such a weather. I even pronounce this Italian word with an English accent, so to make myself understood.  ; ) The ‘biscotti’ are in reality what in Italy we call ‘ Cantuccini’, although here a slimmer version, but not bad. There’s no Vin Santo, or actually I didn’t ask …

TasMANIAC – Chapter 2

It’s the 31st of January, 1 month in the new year and that’s when I usually, but probably most of the people are, start missing holidays, being somewhere else than your home and the ‘no worries’ mindset. So that is why I’ll go on with the 2nd chapter of TasMANIAC! I don’t remember if I already told you that we got our rental car canceled, so we quickly had to re-plan our trip and since we had 4 full days, we decided to take it slowly. We spent 1 ½ day in Hobart, starting from our Xmas evening, where we were wandering around the city craving for something to eat. Everything was closed, it was windy and probably we were not that well equipped. we knew ‘Tassie’ was a bit colder, but we were still in the summer months, but the wind is always the guilty one. Anyway, finally at the seaport, we see some people and some lights, a Fish & Chips: Fishy Business. It’s just in front of Mures, which is supposed to …

TasMANIAC! – Capitolo 1 / Chapter 1

La Tasmania per me era uno dei questi posti ‘mitici’, quasi mitologici, lontanissimi, dove chissà se ci sarei mai andata e per questo ha sempre avuto un forte attrattivo. Quasi un’allure misteriosa. E poi, una domanda che non si vuole pronunciare ad alta voce: “Ma esiste veramente Taz, il diavoletto della Tasmania? Sai l’ho visto nei cartoni animati della WB…” Una di quelle domande che ci si vergogna un po’ fare e ci si chiede mentalmente perché non ho fatto un po’ di ricerca preventiva su internet? Internet, che invenzione fantastica! Ti permette di stare in contatto con le persone a migliaia di Km e, per esempio, di evitare figuracce! Chiaramente insieme a milioni di altre cose. Comunque torniamo alla Tasmania. Beh, vivendo a Melbourne risulta che la Tasmania è a un tiro di schioppo. Praticamente come andare in Sardegna da Genova, circa 8-9h di nave e ci sei, nel caso si volesse fare la traversata via mare sulla Spirit of Tasmania, per esempio, per portarsi dietro la propria macchina, e non sarebbe neanche una …

Cavalli / Horses: Derby Day @ The Melbourne Cup, Saturday November 3rd

Finalmente è iniziata la settimana della Melbourne Cup! I Media già ne parlavano da un po’ e in generale c’era movimento in città e non solo per trovare il vestito adatto, nero e bianco i colori tipici del Derby Day, ma anche un copricapo appropriato. Sì perché ci sarebbe stata anche la Myer (la Rinascente australiana per intenderci) Fashion Competition per il miglior vestito. Per fortuna gli scatoloni sono arrivati giusto in tempo dall’Italia per ampliare la mia scelta in quanto a guardaroba e calzature, mentre il cappello, essendo un “must” e non possedendone uno adatto all’occasione, è stato un acquisto di Melbourne in una delle Gallerie di Little Collins St dove si scoprono migliaia di negozietti! Il mio l’ho trovato presso ‘Hair Addition’, Shop 44 The Walk Arcade, Melbourne, e le assistenti del negozio sono state molto gentili nell’aiutarmi nella scelta. Era la prima volta che avrei indossato un copricapo tipo Ascot, essendo l’evento simile alla famosa corsa di cavalli inglese, e quindi non sapevo bene cosa sarebbe stato appropriato. Volevo qualcosa di carino …