Category: Out and About

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The Australian Open: A Practical Guide for a Great Day Out.

Anyone for tennis? One of the things I love about being in Melbourne is the accessibility to great events such as theatre shows, concerts, the Formula 1, and the Australian Open.  And if you also love the footy and the cricket, there are plentiful opportunities to see some great games and world-class players, right on our doorstep.  I’m probably not a true Melburnian as I’m not a big sports fan, but I do love a bit of tennis.  I have to be reminded how the scoring system works every year and I don’t know my deuce from my juice, but...

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So, what’s the Melbourne Weather Really Like? Rug up and I’ll tell you.

Its our Favourite Topic As Australia approaches its last month of winter, it would be very remiss, un-British, and un-Melburnian of me not to talk about the weather.  Yes, we Melburnians like to talk about the weather too, probably because we get so much of it.  Often within the same hour.  So, what’s the Melbourne weather really like? Melbourne is notorious for having four seasons in one day – remember the Crowded House song? That iconic band was formed in Melbourne so these guys should know … Upside Down First things first, coming from the Northern hemisphere, it takes a...

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How to Survive the Long Haul to Australia

I had it in mind to publish this post when international borders are fully open and we are once more free to travel.  However, that seems like such a long way off, so I thought I would exercise my freedom to dream.  I know that there are so many people out there longing to see family and friends again, so let’s get prepared for the day when we can start to make travel plans. I’ll never forget the first words of my dear sister-in-law when we greeted her in the arrivals hall at Melbourne Airport: “God it’s a bloody long...

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What About the Dog?

It’s not every day you are presented with the opportunity to change your life completely and go and live in a new country.  The decisions to be made are huge and it’s often difficult to know where to start with the thought process.  As soon as Australia became a possibility for us, my mind went into overdrive.  But I can tell you that the very first thought that popped into my head – and subsequently straight out of my mouth, was ‘What about the dog?’  I laugh about that now, because surely my instinctive reaction ought to have been ‘What...

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My Top 5 Instagram Accounts: Melbourne & Victoria

There are so many great things to do in Melbourne and ultimately you’ll also want to be venturing further out into the beautiful state of Victoria, but it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start.  Here is a handy, quick-start guide to my Top 5 Instagram accounts to inspire you to get out and about in Melbourne and Victoria. There’s nothing like some great visuals to flick through while you drink your coffee and start thinking about some wonderful days out. walking_perspective Absolutely stunning pictures taken by photographer Jim Zapsalis, on walks in and around Melbourne, portraying all seasons and...

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How to Survive Driving in Melbourne

I had been driving in the UK with a full licence for over 35 years and considered myself to be a pretty good driver.  However, I was a little cautious about driving in Melbourne.  Firstly because I had lived in a village in the UK and the main hazards when driving locally were slow-moving tractors and escaped sheep. Secondly, I was nervous because I was swapping from manual to automatic transmission and I was a bit dubious that it wouldn’t feel like ‘proper’ driving.  OK, so I soon got over that second hesitation.  Driving an automatic car is what most...

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5 Things you Need to Do as soon as you arrive in Melbourne

Congratulate yourself There are no two ways about it, it’s a blooming long way!  You are probably feeling like you don’t know which way is up, let alone what time of day your body thinks it is.  You made the very brave decision to emigrate to Australia some time ago. It’s been a huge upheaval. You’ve made it.  Welcome to Melbourne. Take a deep breath In … and breathe out slowly.  Sounds obvious I know, but you will have been going through a fair old rollercoaster of emotions in the past few hours, days, weeks, months.  A move to the...