Victoria

Postcard from donkey wheel house

During Melbourne Open House, I certainly didn’t choose buildings based on architecture or historical significance: it really depended on whether it had a rooftop garden or a cool-sounding name. The donkey wheel house sparked my interest in the latter. The donkey wheel house was originally the headquarters for Melbourne Trams; it has since become the site of […]

August 17, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Portsea

I’m ready for it to be summer. Been ready, actually, since I left California in the dead of winter, had a few all-too-brief weeks of sunshine in Sydney, and then got hit with the gray skies and chilly winds of a Melbourne winter.   And you know what doesn’t help summer envy? Visiting coastal towns […]

August 10, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Melbourne Open House

If there’s one thing I love about Melbourne, it’s that there is always something on. Last weekend, it was Melbourne Open House, a celebration of architecture in the cultural capital of Australia. 75 buildings opened up for the public to explore: beautiful churches, sustainable rooftop gardens, historic state buildings. The State Library of Victoria: it’s […]

August 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from 1000 Steps

Sometimes you just need a bit of time outdoors to clear your head. Hiking in the Dandenong Ranges was a great example of not needing a ton of travel money to see something beautiful: other than train fare, the experience was free! The 1000 Steps of the Kokoda Walk honors the Australian soldiers who followed […]

July 13, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of St Kilda Skies

With my birthday trip to Cairns quashed as a result of a Tiger Airways flight cancellation, I was forced to spend the long weekend ruminating the value of travel insurance at home in St Kilda. Despite the cold, the sun came out and gorgeous cloud cover dotted the brilliant blue sky: perfect for a bundled-up […]

June 16, 2011 Continue reading…

My obsession with Cheap Eats

My rules for living in Melbourne: never leave the house without sunglasses, an umbrella and a copy of Cheap Eats. The weather in the Victoria capital is notoriously fickle, with sunny skies turning stormy and vice versa in an instant. And Cheap Eats has become my irreplaceable little blue book, my guide to this notoriously […]

June 12, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard of autumn in Melbourne

I can’t quite past the mental block of seasons in the opposite hemisphere. April showers bring May flowers, and June brings barbecues, bikinis and bike riding. In Australia, however, April simply brings a cold snap that doesn’t quite go away. I still haven’t been able to bring myself to buy gloves and a hat–summer is […]

June 8, 2011 Continue reading…