All posts tagged: Victoria

A 3 day recipe to get a taste of the Gippslands

When you visited most of the highlights of Victoria, then it’s time to push yourself beyond. And with beyond I mean the Gippslands. What I’m proposing to you it’s a 3 day trip to see what you have to see around this area, but of course you can extend your stay. Day 1 – Get a flavour of enchanting Wilsons Promontory Day 2 – 90 miles beach and the Lakes Entrance area Day 3 – enjoy the Gippsland a bit more before making your way back through Walhalla Day 1 Wilsons Prom, as it’s known, is about 3hours away from Melbourne. I suggest you make a coffee stop at 2/3 of the way in Meeniyan where there are nice little cafes, like The Meeniyan Store where you can also indulge in quite good treats, also gluten free like the Nougat one, and top up on organic fruit & veg and home-made produce such as jams, sauces, chutneys, fruit in Syrup. Cruise till the Prom and then onto Squeaky Beach where you can admire the amazing …

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 …

A recipe for a relaxing getaway: Good Food, wine and … at Daylesford // Ricetta per il relax: Buona tavola e buon vino, e … a Daylesford

A kind staff will welcome you when you arrive at The Lake house in Daylesford. You enter an environment of indulgence, interesting pieces of furniture that all find their place. And it’s only 1 hour and a half from Melbourne. A relaxing getaway for a day or a weekend. This time the description in the post will be more detailed (e.g. the lunch menu), but I’ve organised it in sections so you can read what interests you the most. Salus Spa I’ve spent the first 2 hours being pampered at the Spa thanks to my husband’s wedding anniversary present. I indulged in a full body massage and a facial. All the lotions perfumes’ they used contributed to the relaxation experience as I ended smelling a bouquet of fresh vegetables, although I’ve later been told it was all about flowers and fruit. And I wasn’t even hungry! Well, still a mistery to me… All this while Carlo was enjoying the lounge. Although no one actually came up to him to ask if he wanted a glass …

Torquay and Bells Beach, the Surfers paradise! // Las playas de Torquay y Bells, las playas de los surferos!

Por fin un día de vacaciones en el medio de la semana! Y cual mejor idea que salir de Melbourne y ir a las afueras? También para recordar que estoy en Australia. Hay muchas cosas que te lo recuerden, pero no como ver la inmensidad del territorio, la costa, el océano… En fin la gran naturaleza australiana. Asi’ que con algunos amigos Espanoles, cual mejor compañía?? Jeje 😉 Nos fuimos primero a Rose State Garden, para empezar despacito y con tranquilidad. Un jardin precioso con rosas de todo tipo, color y olor. Un cafecito, una charla y ala! A la vuelta de Torquay, la Surf Coast del Victoria aprox a 1h y media de Melbourne. Dimos una vuelta y luego elegimos un cafe muy bonito, una mesa al sol (aguantamos!) y hamburguesa y cerveza. Que’ mas queríamos? Luego un paseito al sol antes de tumbarnos en el césped al lado de la playa para evitar el viento, bastante intenso, que soplaba en la primavera australiana. Tercera etapa fue Bells Beach, la playa de lo surferos …

Chilly & Feeling ‘snowy’ today: Where to go skiing before it’s too crowded! // Voglia di neve? Ecco le destinazioni Top prima che diventino troppo affollate!

Today it really felt a bit colder in Melbourne and I could smell the snowy weather in the air. Supposedly it snowed in Victoria, in Mount Buller for example, and it’s going to snow in Queenstown, New Zealand. Well, yeah, I’d love to ski!!! So on the subject here’s an article that I came across on The Age by ‘Miss Snow it all‘ (I love this name!) which collects some other ski destinations around the globe. They are always in the famous ski countries in Europe, North America, Japan, but it says they are soon to become the new top spots. Some of them you might know, depending on where you live, some others you won’t. Some of them I find hard to believe, probably because I know the place too well or maybe it has just been improved in the last few years and I don’t know…I hope so! Some I totally agree with. And I think that a different place can always look interesting to new eyes, coming from another country or snow …

‘Dumb Ways to die’ campaign PR winner at Cannes

Dumb Ways to die – HelmetDo you remember the funny campaign, cartoon-like, that I wrote about a couple of months ago about SAfety & trains in Victoria and Melbourne? Here you can refresh your memory as part of one my posts here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/just-an-incredible-ad-to-watch-dumb-ways-to-die-una-pubblicita-da-non-perdere-dumb-ways-to-die/ Well, a friend just told me that the Victoria Metro Train campaign ‘Dumb ways to die‘ just won the Grand Prix in PR at Cannes. Fore more details, read here:http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14696.aspx# And/or click on the image below for the Ad Campaign Video: ‘Dumb Ways To Die’ Flinders Station billboard Related articles Dumb Ways to Die wins big at Cannes (theage.com.au) Dumb Ways To Die takes its third grand prix of Cannes with radio win (mumbrella.com.au) Dumb ways to die starts winning everything in Cannes. (adland.tv) A Quirky Ad Listing ‘Dumb Ways To Die’ Is On Its Way To Being Crowned Best Ad Of The Year (businessinsider.com) Dumb Ways will clean up at Cannes – ‘because standards are low this year’ (mumbrella.com.au)

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 …

What’s ‘Tulip Making’ / Cos’è il ‘Tulip Making’?

Each day there’s something new to discover in Melbourne. Today as cycling home on the Yarra River, we stopped to have a look at the Dutch Market under the Eureka Tower for Dutch Orange Day. What a surprise! Particularly amazing was the Tulip Making stall. A guy cycling on a ‘Velocipede’ and scluting wooden tulips. Just amazing, it feels like some piece of art & craft technique coming from the past. For some more info, have a look here: http://www.dutchorangeday.com.au/ Never getting bored in Melbourne! ———- // ———- Oggi tornando a casa in bici lungo il fiume Yarra, ci siam fermati a curiosare al mercatino olandese all’ombra dell’Eureka Tower. Tra musica, dimostrazioni, ‘delicatessen’ olandesi e il colore arancione che era ricorrente, mi ha particolarmente colpito lo stand del ‘Tulip Making’. Un signore che pedalando su un velocipede, stando fermo, lavorava il legno per fare delle sculture a forma di tulipano.Da l’impressione di essere una arte tradizionale che viene da lontano, nel tempo, ma anche geograficamente, essendosi svolta oggi a Melbourne. Per maggiori informazioni: http://www.dutchorangeday.com.au/ A …

Mediterraneamente, cuando llega el veranito? / When is Summer Coming? / Quando arriva l’estate?

Well, this time I need to start in Spanish, you’ll find the English and Italian version below. Esta mañana me he levantado, con el sol, desde la ventana una gran vista del centro de Melbourne, o Melbourne CBD, y estaba contenta! Pero algo faltaba… Y como es Abril, para mì serìa normal que fuera primavera y que dentro de un par de meses llegara el verano, aquì en Australia es Otoño aunque un Otoño caliente de momento, necesitaba algo de musica. Me acordè de un video de Estrella Damm, ‘Mediterraneamente’, él de Formentera 2009, que un compañero de trabajo, que ahora considero un amigo, me habìa enseñado casi recièn llegada a Madrid. La mùsica es espectacular y las imagenes, bueno, ni comentarlo. Este video es una recarga de buena energia y es la receta para el bueno humor, para despertar ideas, soños y cuantas mas cosas positivas. Y bueno, como soy sentimental, no podìa que volver atràs y pensar a mis Amigos, a mì Madrid y a mì Espana. Bueno, todo esto tiene un rinconcito …

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 …