All posts tagged: Travel and Tourism

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 …

Queenstown: Ski trip to New Zealand – Useful INFO // Avete mai pensato di sciare in Nuova Zelanda? Queenstown! – INFORMAZIONI UTILI

I wanted to come back and I knew I wanted to do it, but what I did not know was when and that I actually would really come back. What am I talking about? New Zealand! Already when I moved to Melbourne, New Zealand, together with other destinations, was on my bucket list. And the biggest dream was to go skiing there. So let’s say I accomplished my biggest dream about NZ as I just spent a long weekend in Queenstown, in the South Island. I still have to visit probably 60% of the South Island, as I visited the North tip of the South Island and part of the Malborough in 2002, but I know now it’s going to be possible! I advise to book the flight at least 3 months in advance, more if you can, especially for weekends and if your purpose is skiing. Best schedules & average priced Flights run out quickly. We flew in on Friday morning via Christchurch with Virgin Australia / Air New Zealand and arrived in Queenstown …

World’s 100 best beaches // La Top 100 delle più belle spiagge al mondo! // Las 100 playas màs bonitas

In Europe, and everywhere “Upabove”, it seems that summer finally has landed (Milan was boiling with 40°C these days, and here Downunder, we never loose our summery mood and we are so close to hot spots on the planet, already within a 2-3 hours reach in Australia. The weekend is approaching and daydreaming about a beautiful beach is more than understandable and it helps to get by these last 2 days of the week. So here is some pictures of some extraordinary beaches you might want to visit one day or daydream for now 🙂 Have a look and see if you ever been to one of these ones! http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/travel/100-best-beaches  ——— // ——— in Europa, e nell’emisfero nord, oramai sembra che l’estate sia arrivata, (a Milano le temperature hanno raggiunto i 40° gradi dopo un’ingrata primavera!9) e qui Downunder non smettiamo mai di pensare all’estate! Perchè in Australia esiste l’inverno? La gente si ostina ad usare le Havaianas anche sotto i 15°C a Melbourne, ma tutto fa’ colore! 🙂 E comunque in 2-3 ore si …

FIJI Part 3: the Mamanucas Islands & the Coral Coast // FIJI: isole Mamanucas e Coral coast

Well, it’s been difficult to plan the trip at times as the weather forecast was continually changing and I expect this is probably normal in the South Pacific area. Luckily it did not get too much in the way of relaxing and having fun. Finally the trip to the Mamanucas Islands, one of the 2 archipelagos not to miss, was scheduled for Wednesday. We’d tour the first islands and then stop on Mana Island, a long but narrow island with a resort and backpackers, where you have the luxury to choose which beach to go to. We went with South Sea cruises‎, most of the 1-day trips are valued at 200FJ$ or less, which is around 100AUD$, a bit less in €. It was a beautiful, sunny day and the show put in place by nature that day was simply to die for. Clear water, white, long sandy beaches, corals and palms… WELCOME TO MANA ISLAND! Our arrival accompanied by music…feeling like a star in the movies or too much of a tourist, you choose. …

FIJI Part 2: Sigatoka Sand Dunes // Le FIJI e le dune di sabbia

When I started looking over the internet which were Fiji  highlights, I read about the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. Before these sand dunes, looking back at the past, I’ve been to some in New Zealand and Australia, on Fraser Island, and probably to something similar in Europe, but not to the famous ones in France. I was curious to see them in Fiji and that is why on Tuesday morning at 8am we were at the “gate” of the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, yes because it’s best to visit them early in the morning or just before they close down as it may be too hot during the day. We were offered to do the tour with a guide and we accepted in order to learn a bit more about the place. And that’s when Epeli took the scene. We started walking up the forest and meanwhile I was thinking that it had been a while since my last bushwalk. I’ve always been used to walk in the mountains and all-around since little, but it’s …

An unexpected trip to FIJI – Part 1 // Alla scoperta delle FIJI – Parte 1

An unexpected trip to Fiji that’s what happened to me. What is considered to be a luxury or honeymoon destination in italy is just so close to Australia, a 4 hour flight from Melbourne, and affordable, if you take advantage of flight bargains and book cheap accommodation through Booking.com or Wotif, for example. And that’s what I did with my friends! And you still get to go to the luxury resort beaches as the beach, in most countries outside Italy, is a public place. So you get the best without spending too much money. Our trip started with a bumpy and scary flight with Pacific Air, Qantas partner, due to the bad weather conditions, but we survived that and landed in Nadi. Not a good looking city, and even worse with the rain, but this gave us the chance to explore it a little bit more. We visited the Hindu temple, modern but very colourful, the craft market, where you need to bargain, the fruit & veggie market, where we discovered wonderful fruit, veggies, spices, …

Rushing for Gold, Enjoying it for its Food & more: Ballarat!

It’s  been a while that I wanted to go and visit Ballarat. Why? Well, it is the symbol of the Gold Rush in Australia and it is where the Eureka Stockade took place. That is some important piece of history in Australia and an historic place just very close to Melbourne. It’s just an hour and a half drive from Melbourne, but you can reach it by train. I’d suggest to go by car as you get the chance to visit also the surroundings. A new museum has also just opened: M.A.D.E. – Museum  of Australian Democracy at Eureka. This museum proposes different views on democracy in the world, but most importantly sits on the site where the Eureka Stockade took place. This rebels action occurred in 1854 when the miners in the area started to claim their rights. This event in time is considered by some people as the starting point for Democracy in Australia. Its symbol is a blue flag, sewn by the miners wives, with the Southern Cross star. You can see …

Feel like a Paradise Beach Escape? Port Douglas, Queensland / Volete una spiaggia paradisiaca? Port Douglas e dintorni

The warm weather of these days, over 20°C with top of 25°C, makes me dream about a beach escape somewhere. Although I could probably go to the Mornington Peninsula or to South Melbourne just to enjoy a beach day. And the strangest thing to me is that it’s May, which is the last month of Fall before winter comes. Of course here Downunder. So I cannot prevent myself from thinking about the 5 days I spent in Queensland, in Port Douglas, last summer, as I forgot to write about it. I guess I just kept enjoying the good Melbourne weather, but now my mind goes back to the good memory that trip left me. It’s good to remember the nice time I had there, before thinking about the next trip. I had been to Queensland before, but not really stopped and enjoyed the laidback pace of Port Douglas. And not only this, but also the nice restaurants, shops, activities and the lush nature that this piece of paradise has to offer. I stayed at the …

Where do the Aussies go on holiday? / Dove vanno gli Australiani in vacanza?

Where do the Aussies go on holiday? Here the Top destinations from the The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/hottest-destinations-for-australians-revealed-20130430-2iqrq.html In the article by Robert Upe, Travel and Tourism Writer, there’s also a poll, where you can participate in for another few hours you have your say! And despite the strong AU dollar tourism to Australia is still increasing. ———- // ———- Dove vanno gli Australiani in vacanza? Ecco le destinazioni Top! Cliccate qui: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/hottest-destinations-for-australians-revealed-20130430-2iqrq.html E nonostante il forte dollaro australiano, il turismo in Australia continua a crescere! Sarà che è un paese meraviglioso da visitare??!

Sydney – 2 giorni per visitarla e non perdere i principali ‘Spots’!

State per visitare Sydney? Volete organizzarvi un itinerario proprio percheè avete solo 2 giorni? Nel link sotto troverete le cose principali da non perdere a Sydney e che si possono vedere in 2 giorni. Poi alcuni altri posti da visitare con un po’ più di tempo, suggerimenti di ristoranti, caffè, racconti e curiosità negli altri ‘post’ correlati. Cliccate sul link qui: Sydney.