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May 2011

Melbourne: a city to live in

There are some cities in the world that are amazing to visit: full of sights to see, picturesque vistas, locals that look like they climbed out of a stereotype (Paris instantly springs to mind). There are other cities in the world that may not top...
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Experience, travel: these are as education in themselves

It’s graduation season in America: many of my friends are donning a cap and gown again to receive their masters degrees or teaching credentials. While I may not be putting a few more letters after my name, I feel like my last two years of...
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Postcard from Lorne

The Great Ocean Road is dotted with picturesque seaside towns: the whole beauty of road tripping is being able to stop and meander through each one. Lorne is often recommended as an overnight stay, but we decided it was just perfect for an afternoon...
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Brewery tours: the best invention since beer

I’ve always been a beer girl. I’ll never forget as I knocked back my after-work pint of lager while working in France: my British coworkers gave each other a look of appreciation: "Only a Yank could drink a beer like that." I spent high school and...
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The value of unplugging and an iPhone-less life

It’s crazy to think how quickly technology has changed our lives, and the rapid pace with which it continues to do so. Remember going to video rental stores: the suspense of not knowing if your choice would even be in stock?  Even better, remember...
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Food and wine envy: Paris edition

As I read through the responses to my query as to people's favorite places in Paris, I wondered how I would answer the question myself. The Marais is my preferred neighborhood and the Jardin du Luxembourg is my go-to spot on a sunny day; I have...
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Where to stay on the Great Ocean Road: Surfside Backpackers

Some people will claim you can do the Great Ocean Road in a day. Sure, you can: but why would you want to? The best part of a road trip is the luxury of seeing things at your own pace.  Spend at least a night along the way. The best place to...
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Postcard from the Victorian rainforest

Did you know that Victoria has a rainforest? Maybe I'm showcasing my geography illiteracy, but I didn't. Sure, there's the rainforest up in Queensland (now I'm just trying to sound smart--I didn't know about that until I arrived in Australia...
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#9: Journey along the Great Ocean Road

Most people get on Great Ocean Road with one destination in mind: the Twelve Apostles—or, more accurately, the eight crumbling stacks of limestone that remain standing. So my friend Renee and I couldn’t help but laugh to ourselves when we tucked...
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Paris, Paris: the city I love

Paris envy. I coined the term while working for a Paris food writer in Nice: Rosa Jackson zipped up to the French capital at least once a month to stay current on food and restaurant trends. Whenever she mentioned an upcoming trip or described her...
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