Victoria

Postcard from Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing Carnival is when Melbourne wakes up from a sleepy winter, puts on its nicest fascinator and heads outside to sip champagne in the sunshine. While Melbourne Cup is the biggest event of the year–falling on the first Tuesday of November, it’s a public holiday in Victoria–there are a number of horse races throughout […]

November 3, 2011 Continue reading…

The five essentials for the AFL experience

I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of Australian Football League season, and instantly fell in love with “the footy.” Melbourne is AFL-mad, with more than half of the league’s 18 teams based in Victoria. Originally established as the Victorian Football League 1897, it’s only been known as the Australian Football League since 1989. The […]

October 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard: Is it spring or is it love?

Spring has officially arrived in Melbourne: the sun is shining, flowers are blooming and love is in the air. Table for two, coming right up.

September 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Save Caffeine, and supporting small businesses

As I walked up Swanston Street the other day, I passed a Starbucks. Groups of Asian tourists and Australian teenagers clutched their icy coffee drinks in the trademark white and green takeaway cup on the sunny terrace, and I tried to remember the last time I had a Starbucks. I certainly haven’t had one in […]

September 5, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from ACDC Lane

Wandering in Melbourne may be one of my favorite activities. The city’s neatly ordered grid system makes it nearly impossible to get lost (and fondly reminds me of the A to Z by 1 to 16 grid of my hometown of Sacramento). However, the street art of myriad laneways and alleys spice up the straight […]

September 1, 2011 Continue reading…

Graffiti: street art or simply vandalism?

Over the past year or so, I’ve fallen in love with street art. Unlike the white-washed, pristine feel of Nice, the twisting alleyways of Marseille, Lyon and Paris were covered with neon tags, stenciled social commentary and gorgeous murals. I remember wandering those cities with my camera, excited because I never knew what would lie […]

August 29, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from the State Library of Victoria

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the library. The quiet organization mingles with a sense of possibility: everything has its place, but you never know what might be waiting for you. I’m still secretly thrilled every time I check a book out of the library: hours of entertainment, and for free! After […]

August 25, 2011 Continue reading…