Category Archives: Australia

Australia, Melbourne and Hobart

Great to be back in my own bed after a few weeks away. Also fab to have my old school friend Lorna over from the U.K. As not only is it good to see her but I get a chance to be a tourist again. Over the last few days we visited the Shrine of Remembrance (I’m ashamed to say it is the first time I’ve been inside and it is very good), a long walk to all corners of the Botanical Gardens and another quick trip to Hobart that included Port Arthur, MONA (always visit there), Salamanca Market and two excellent restaurants – Franklin and FICO?

The lovely Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. Wonderful to have all this right on the city doorstep.
Sights around Hobart, Port Arthur and MONA
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Australia, Melbourne- Not a surprise that everyone is adoring Dior at the NGV

It’s Friday so I’m indulging myself with this blog on my recent visit to the Dior Exhibit at Melbourne’s NGV. If you live here, you must go if you have even the slightest interest in works of art that you can wear and if you don’t, please get on a plane and see his if you possibly can.

Welcome to a world of fantasy and do feel free to wallow and zoom in to your heart’s content.

A Dress for every Occasion

It’s all about the detail darling

The magnificent designs of John Galliano

Fantasy ball gowns – although who are the people who get invited to places where you could wear something like these???

And finally my personal favourites

Australia, Melbourne – a visit to ACMI to see the          Wallace and Gromit (Aardman) exhibit

Who doesn’t love Wallace and Gromit? I poppped in to ACMI to see the wonderful Aardman exhibit this weekend. It was brilliant and some of the movie clips are hilarious. What these guys do with their modern version of plasteceine is incredible as is the detail of every tiny thing – something you can appreciate looking at some of the sets they built.

I hadn’t realised these guys were behind Morph – a character Brits in my age range will recall from their youth and you will also remember the fab Peter Gabriel video for Sledgehammer – great song and great effects by these guys. But I am most fond of Shaun the Sheep (get it) – must be something to do with all that time I’ve spent in NZ……

Aardman characters. – Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Lady Tottington and Morph

Australia, Melbourne – those last few touristy things I need to get under my belt

Finally visited Parliament House (funny how the places you live right next door to are the ones you visit last). The one hour tour is worthwhile although a bit disapppointing that all the things that look like real gold are just painted on! I did this after a great Meltours which involved grazing our way around Melbourne and trying cuisine from just about every ethnicity you could imagine while learning about the food history of Melbourne and why it has become such a foodie icon – I loved it.

So that’s Parliament House, the Treasury, The Gaol and all the museums done – anything else I absolutely must go and see? I still have the inside of the Shrine of Remembrance on my list.

Parliament House, Victoria

Australia, Melbourne- something to smile about – could Spring have finally sprung?

After days of hibernation in a chilly and wet Melbourne (but with the advantage of being able to watch The Handmaid’s Tale – how creepy yet mesmerising is that dystopian world?) I ventured out today for a walk. I like to consider Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens as my personal parks as they are right on my doorstep (lucky me – convenient and no gardening required) and both gorgeous. Very excited to see definite signs of Spring.

Australia, Melbourne – back home – cold and wet but nil desperandum – NGV comes good again

Bit of a shock to leave mid summer and return to mid winter (although Melbourne winters are really very mild) but I have got wimpier about the cold after 10 years in Australia. Anyway, obviously a good time to consider indoor activities and so I trotted off to the Hokusai Exhibit at the NGV. It was magnificent – many many pieces including the Great Wave, waterfalls and other Japanese scenes. I am amazed how he can create such lovely images with so few brush strokes and of course it has set off my wanderlust to visit Japan again – now that I have visited Tokyo and Kyoto I would love to explore other parts of the country – maybe an Autumn trip would be nice and then I can chase golden leaves instead of cherry blossoms.

Hope you like them as much as I did and if you live here – GO!