Aztecs Exhibition

Child sacrifice, slavery and eagle warriors – the Aztec exhibition is not for the faint hearted.  However, if you’re a zombie movie fan or Mexican culture buff, I think you’ll like it. The Aztecs Exhibition is a collection of artefacts from South America, particularly Mexico, from the 14th to 16th centuries.  I would not want […]

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Sakura Lounge and Spa

“Those little Japanese ladies… I don’t know what happened!” I gazed curiously at my friend Barnabas as he mumbled these words.  He looked like he had experienced some type of religious revelation.  I’d noticed him emerging from a laneway as I strolled down Little Bourke Street.  Barnabas was hard to miss.  His striking young Sinhalese-Portuguese […]

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Anniversary Trail

The Anniversary Trail meanders through the parkways of Melbourne’s leafy suburbs.  Cycle, walk or jog along it!  Part of the Anniversary Trail is also known as the Outer Circle Trail because much of it follows an old railway line.   So you can literally journey back in time as you move along the path.   The Trail […]

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Aangan

‘WeFo’ is the playful nickname of West Footscray, a thriving village in the inner West.  Its vibrancy comes from its diverse community.  One of those communities is Indian.  And WeFo is home to a number of Indian restaurants, grocers and dress shops.  My favourite North Indian restaurant there is Aangan.  It is always full of […]

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Festivals Melbourne 2014

There’s always a festival on somewhere in Melbourne.  Here are the 2014 dates for some of my favourite festivals.  If you click on the link to the festival name, it will give you a link to the festival.  If I’ve written about the festival previously, I’ve also included a link to that (my previous article). […]

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Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide is one of Melbourne’s treasures: a place full of stories and art, set amongst fifteen acres of gardens that gently slope down to the Yarra River.  There are shady eucalyptus trees and expanses of lawn – perfect for unrolling your picnic rug and lazing about on a sunny afternoon. There are many sculptures dotted […]

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Riverland Bar and Cafe

When I was a teenager visiting the city (usually to catch a movie and eat Chinese food!), I’d meet my friends “under the clocks”.  This meant under the clocks at Flinders Street train station.  These days I prefer to leave that to the latest generation of teenagers!  Instead, I meet my friends at Riverland Bar […]

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Wind in the Willows

When we were young, our willow tree conquered our backyard. Dad built us a platform high up amongst the branches.  Four of us kids could sit there comfortably.  We would climb up to the platform and play there for hours.  From it, we could reach our swing.  We would swing out amongst the strands of […]

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Top 10 School Holiday Activities – Spring

Spring school holidays = gumboots in my mind!  It was the time of the year when Mum packed us into the station wagon and drove home to her family’s dairy farm.  We would be let loose to explore the farm – rain, hail, or shine – returning to the farmhouse at the end of the […]

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Astor Theatre

This grand old queen of Melbourne cinema is much loved by locals. Last year, when she was threatened with a beheading by her previous owners, there was a public protest and she was saved.  The Astor opened in 1936 and is the only single cinema (of its type) in Australia that remains in daily operation. Visiting […]

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