Reading, See & Do

The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

This weekend, my partner and I visited the Heide Museum of Modern Art. It sits at the edge of park lands that we have visited many times. I’ve never been prompted to visit Heide because although I know that modern art encompasses several movements, many of which I love, I tend to immediately associate modern… Read More The Strays and the Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Christmas in Melbourne

It’s summer so you know what that means – Christmas! The Melbourne CBD is alive with the scorching sun and the colourful sights and sounds of Yuletide. It feels strange to celebrate Christmas in the summer. It’s not just the warm temperature. I’m from Miami and winters there are mild, but it’s still winter. December 25 was selected to… Read More Christmas in Melbourne

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Night Noodle Markets, Melbourne

The Night Noodle Markets are part of Good Food Month, Australia’s largest food festival. Over 17 summer nights, Birrarung Marr is transformed into a hawker market featuring delicious Asian food. You’ll find fare from Korea, Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, India, Malaysia and Burma among the 30+ food stalls. If you love Asian food, you can’t miss it. If… Read More Night Noodle Markets, Melbourne

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Metropolis Bookshop

A long time ago, my sister-out-law took me to a fantastic bookshop. At the time, I didn’t know Melbourne and the location of this store did not register in my freshly relocated brain. We walked there, stepped into the building, walked up three flights of stairs, browsed for an hour, paid for our purchases, walked out, down the stairs, out of… Read More Metropolis Bookshop

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Open House Melbourne 2014

Open House Melbourne is a celebration of Melbourne through design and architecture. It’s an annual free event in which over 100 buildings are open to the public. Some of these such as the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Town Hall are open to the public year round, but they may open special areas that… Read More Open House Melbourne 2014

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The Melbourne General Cemetery

Last week I popped into the Melbourne General Cemetery. It was a nice day and my partner was meeting with a client in nearby Carlton so I thought I’d take the opportunity to visit it. Cemeteries have a sombre beauty to them and are always interesting to explore. The Melbourne General Cemetery was established in 1852 and… Read More The Melbourne General Cemetery

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Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2014

I made it to Oz Comic-Con again this year. It was at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building. It was as good or even better than last year, but it was also more expensive and crowded. General admission for one day was $30 if you purchased tickets online or $35 at the door; it was $22… Read More Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2014

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NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne is full of wonderful museums. I was in the city recently and decided to pop into the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV has two locations. One is the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square, which is a home for Australian art, presenting Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.… Read More NGV, the National Gallery of Victoria

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The Melbourne Star encore

Last month, we went on the Melbourne Star. This week, we went again. For our birthdays (mine is in November and Theo’s in December), his sister and brother-in-law gave us encore tickets on the Melbourne Star. That means you can go twice within 30 days. The first time, we went at sunset. The second time we… Read More The Melbourne Star encore

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White Night Melbourne 2014

Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is a photo prompt: a hidden gem. I’m going with White Night Melbourne. Considering it draws about 300,000 people and it takes place in the heart of Melbourne, White Night is not exactly hidden, but, surprisingly, a lot of people don’t know about it. I discovered it by… Read More White Night Melbourne 2014