Places

#1: Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The last weekend I was in Sydney, the sun was shining and I had an afternoon to myself with nothing to do. I strapped on my walking shoes–OK, I tossed on a pair of flipflops and my sunglasses–and trekked from Paddington to the CBD to the Rocks, and finally, to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in […]

August 23, 2011 Continue reading…

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…

Five iconic Australian sweets

I’ve always had quite a sweet tooth, much to the dismay of my dentist and any attempt I’ve ever made at a diet. I just can’t resist dessert!   Luckily, Australia has more than enough means to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve fallen for homemade lamingtons and pavlovas, as well as the iconic Arnott’s biscuits. […]

August 16, 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…

Best ways to work, play and stay in France

I may be in Australia now, but France will always have a piece of my heart. My first taste of international travel was a trip to Paris and Provence with my mom when I was 11. I spent a summer in Provence when I was 16, a summer in Paris when I was 19, had […]

July 31, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Grand Pacific Drive

My dislike for driving in general, compounded with my discomfort on the left side of the road, means that I’m generally stuck to seeing Australia by buses or trains. Every once in a while, however, an Australian takes pity on my car-less state and treats me to a road trip (like my Great Ocean Road […]

July 27, 2011 Continue reading…