Category Archives: Australia

Donovans – St Kilda, Melbourne

Every now and then, my husband and I treat ourselves to a meal at a “nice” restaurant.  You know, the type of restaurant where the rich and famous probably eat without blinking an eyelid, but where the everyday person reserves for special occasions. Like birthdays, anniversaries, and so forth.  I call these types of restaurants an “event” restaurant because the experience stands out in the memory. Continue reading Donovans – St Kilda, Melbourne

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St Kilda, Melbourne – A Short Stay

I visited St Kilda with my husband earlier this year for a short 3 day stay.  The beachside suburb boasts an eclectic collection of entertainment, relaxation, and dining choices.  Conveniently located just a short tram ride from the CBD in Melbourne, coming via the 96 from Bourke St.  (Nothing says “you are in Melbourne” better than tapping on with your Myki card for a ride on the tram network.) Continue reading St Kilda, Melbourne – A Short Stay

Vivid Sydney – don’t miss it!

Every year, for about three weeks at the start of our winter (late May to early June), Sydney turns into the “City of Lights” as a festival of light, music and ideas  – known as “Vivid Sydney”  – takes place.

Buildings and walkways around the city are illuminated with various light sculptures, installations and image projections, as well as interactive stations that passers-by can engage with. Continue reading Vivid Sydney – don’t miss it!

Sydney Harbour and Ferries

Nothing compares to the serenity of a beautiful bright sunny day on Sydney’s magnificent harbour.  Sailboats can be seen bobbing happily across the waves, going nowhere in particular at a leisurely pace.  Or waiting patiently at their moorings in sheltered bays and marinas, rehearsing a synchronised dance directed by the wind and the tides.  Eye-catching groups of energetic “optimist” dinghies dart to and fro in formation, like a flock of birds wheeling and swooping in unison, as they navigate their course.

Cutting their way across the waves in a tireless circuit from wharf to wharf, amidst the frivolity of the sailing boats, weave the sober green and yellow workforce of the harbour  –  Sydney Ferries. Continue reading Sydney Harbour and Ferries

Gluten free Yum Cha in Melbourne

I love going out for a yum cha feast.  It’s been a family favourite outing for as long as I can remember.  Then, a couple of years ago my doctor told me to stop eating gluten as it was affecting my health.  Homemade meals are no problem, as you are in control.  Eating out can be a little harder.  You are faced with limited options.

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