This is a typical holiday shop on Phillip Island. Everything in the window is made from cheap imported plastic. It will last for a holiday but it will not keep until next year. If we didn't import such rubbish, we could hire out better quality beach toys, and reduce the need to dispose of such … Continue reading Stop selling plastic junk
A horse drawn carriage ride for anyone?The Yarra River flows close to the main train station. You can sit or walk and watch people stroll along the walkways. Southbank has some good bars and restaurants, where you can watch the world go by. In summer (December-February), it is sometimes very hot, so you might like … Continue reading Melbourne on the Yarra
Our old buildings are not old by world standards. Fremantle, or "Freo" as the locals call it, has some buildings dating from the early days of white settlement. This is still a busy market, and a great place to buy fruit and vegetables. The sweetest, juiciest mangoes I have ever tasted were from here. It … Continue reading A little bit of history
It is hot. Nearly 40 degrees Celsius. So hot heavy food does not sound good. A barbecue on the deck sounds good though. Potato salad, Cypriot grain salad, cold roast vegetables, and cold meats, with some bubbly. And then a swim in the sea, at Mount Eliza beach maybe. Or Sorrento, but with a wetsuit … Continue reading New Year in Australia 2019
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash When you live in a new place, it can be difficult to understand how to do things the way people expect you to do them. How do you “do” a kids’ birthday party? Well, the answer is of course you can plan a party many different ways. Here … Continue reading An Australian Birthday Party
A ramble is a walk just for fun. You don’t really mind where you go, or how long you take. You just walk, and look around. Catch a bus along Hoddle Street, and get off at Langridge Street. Keep walking and Langridge Street becomes Gertrude Street. There are lots of Housing Commission homes in the … Continue reading A Melbourne Ramble
Well, instead of Melbourne, today I will write about Vietnam, where you can have a delightful holiday. This is Hoi An, on the central coast of Vietnam. It is an old trading town, with Japanese, Chinese and French influences. This is where tourists go to to have clothes made to measure. You can buy items … Continue reading From Melbourne to Vietnam silk.
There is a little seaside town about an hour's drive from Melbourne, where you can walk, shop and eat. If the weather is good, you can walk around the town for an hour or two, and spend some time exploring the sights. Sorrento was the first place on mainland Australia where Europeans came to live, … Continue reading Sorrento – near Melbourne (Part 1)