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Iconic South Melbourne Market

By on Jan 11, 2013 in Victoria | 0 comments

Today we headed down to the iconic South Melbourne Market for a spot of shopping and to catch up for our weekly coffee meeting. South Melbourne Market has always been a favourite of mine and is great place for wandering and window shopping, as well as picking up quality fresh local produce from the many green grocers. South Melbourne Market is famous for one thing…. Dim Sim’s and by far, the best you’ll find anywhere in Melbourne. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with plenty of cafes to choose from. Today we chose Café Padre – “Hand Crafted Coffee”. Now, with a name like this we were not to be disappointed. The smooth coffee and sweet pastries were to die for! And to follow it up, we grabbed a freshly juiced OJ from the stall on Coventry Street – squeezed right in front of our eyes. Yum! One of my favourite areas in the market is the So:Me space which features local up and coming designers. Here they can exhibit and sell their work in pop-up style stalls. From clothing to shoes and jewellery, this area floods with creativity. Getting lost down the many aisles of this market is a great way to lose a morning in Melbourne. After picking up some fresh flowers we also explored the health food store for some supplies (they sell great gluten free cornflakes) and bought up some bargains at Yak – a furniture/homewares store.   South Melbourne Market is located in the suburb of South Melbourne, about 10 minutes from the city centre. They are open Wednesdays to Sundays. For more information, check out the South Melbourne...

A Melbourne girl at heart…

By on Apr 3, 2011 in Victoria | 0 comments

  It’s nearly two years since  Peter and I made the big move from one side of Australia to the other. We up and left Melbourne and drove about 3500km’s to Perth where Peter had spent much of his childhood. We found ourselves again in Melbourne a couple of weeks back visiting family and it reminded me just how much I love that city… Perth certainly has it’s advantages over Melbourne. It’s gorgeous weather for one, and it’s close proximity to South East Asia another – which I might add is very beneficial for us being two helplessly addicted travellers. However I must admit, from time to time I do suffer the odd heart pang when people mention Melbourne. There’s just so much to love about the place. Melbourne is not only the nation’s sporting capital, but has a thriving arts and cultural scene, fantastic restaurants and cafes, amazing shopping, great markets and a diverse multicultural population. Sure the weather is unpredictable and the recent string of underworld assassinations head the spotlights, but there’s alot to love about Melbourne. Let me share some of my favourite places and secret finds from my home town of Melbourne: Shopping for Loot: GPO in the CBD Chadstone Shopping Centre Chapel Street Bazaar in Prahran Essendon or CBD QV in CBD Block arcade in CBD Royal Arcade in CBD Degraves Lane in CBD Centre Place in CBD   Favourite Loot Suppliers Body in CBD Genki in CBD Metalicus in CBD Zetta Florence in Fitzroy Readings in Carlton Dinosaur Design in South Yarra Husk in CBD Fat in Prahran Kinki Gerlinki in Prahran Aesop in CBD Mecca Cosmetica in Chadstone     One of Melbourne’s many arcades   Coffee Stops and Secret Food Stashes Babka in Brunswick Street Fitzroy Moroccan Soup bar in North Fitzroy KoKo Black in CBD St Ali in South Melbourne Ray in Brunswick Atomica in Fitzroy Brunetti’s in Carlton Dondons in CBD Bimbo’s in Fitzroy   Fancy a tipple? Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond, Cookie in CBD,   Bazaars Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy Camberwell Market in Camberwell Queen Victoria Market in CBD   The Unique Melbourne Laneways     Attractions Federation Square in CBD Royal Botanical Gardens in South Yarra NGV in City Melbourne Zoo in Parkville MCG in Richmond Rooftop Cinema in CBD   Funky Melbourne Outdoor Cinema Is it any wonder Melbourne has been rated amongst the top 3 Most Livable Cities in the World since 2002…  ...

A Long Road to No Trees

By on Sep 18, 2009 in Victoria | 0 comments

  Five months of sitting around in Melbourne, studying externally and psycho psychotic weather has led Niki and I to the conclusion that a sea change is order. With comments of “you wont make it”, “your stupid”, “your car is crap” and “why the hell would you want to go there!” – We have packed the car and set off to travel to Perth. Our route will take us through Ballarat to Adelaide, stoping in the city of churches for a day. Before heading onto steaky sorry streaky bay, for a relaxed overnight stay before attempting the very long, treeless landscape of the Nullarbor. Apparently it can be seen from space, why anyone would be looking there from space is another question. Following onto Western Australia and to our new home… Our little red car (Niki has affectionately named Chilli) is fully loaded like a Mexican drug trafficker – gear put in every nook, cranny and hole that we can find. I’ve always wanted a car that sat that low to the ground! So as of 5am Saturday morning we are on the road again exploring the great central landscape and people of Australia. This should be an eye...

And Then There Was Man Flu…

By on Jul 9, 2009 in Victoria | 0 comments

It’s cruel, it’s unbearable, it’s MAN FLU! Forget global warming, forget starvation amongst the masses or global pandemics of piggy flu infecting the world and of course hold the phone, for I have the flu! It could possibly be the end of me; you know being the strong, young healthy male that I am. Now I’m generally not one to over hype how I feel, however when I told my partner of  my symptoms, my achy chest, my itchy eyes, my sorey throat and my icky tongue, she turned to me and said “It’s man flu, get over it”. Now would a single bit of her attention have gone astray, a little “oh diddums let me make you better” type of response? No it wouldn’t have, it would of been accepted with open arms and love! Her first response thou, exactly same as one of her girlfriends, was cruel, sexist and presumptuous. Yes I know my symptoms sounded childish but never the less I felt yucky. So I laid there thinking that’s fine, next time she has a little PMS, my simple response will be “It’s woman flu”! Yes I understand that once I say this, my man parts will be chopped off so quickly that my Man flu will seem nothing worse than a paper cut, however the look on her face would be priceless. So as I lay here with man flu now controlling my body, feeling too sick to move from bed and enjoying being a man too much to even think about telling her she has “woman flu”. I think, perhaps I might be too quick to say I’m sick, at least I can read a map book without turning it upside down...

Version Something

By on Jul 3, 2009 in Victoria | 0 comments

At last my website is back up and running with a whole new feel, new layout (thank you word press) and I have managed to bring a lot of things in house e.g. my photos. ‘ currently back in Oz, gone part self-employed, signing up for uni to finish of the degree I started and planning my next adventure…..perhaps South America (it’s about time).  So thanks for stopping by, I’m hoping to update my blog weekly with Adventure Man! Also keep an eye out for new books that’s I’m working on and two new websites dedicated to travel. See you out...

Climbing Mt Oberon at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

By on Jul 2, 2009 in Victoria | 0 comments

The 26th year has arrived and as in true Adventure Man getting over a quarter life crisis style, I chose to spend it on top of a mountain. Niki and I headed down on Friday towards world’s end, a national park known as Wilson Promontory. Located in the south of Victoria at the southern most tip of mainland Australia, the national park boasts pristine coastal scenery and a rugged interior of small mountains and rocky outcrops. Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus and from the many apparent dead wombats on the side of the road, all thrive within with in the nature reserve. Game on! Mt Oberon is an easy to medium climb, standing at a small height of about 558 metres. A 7km return trip which depending on how long you spend on the summit, will take you about 2 to 3 hours to return to the car park at the base. The climb is a constant uphill battle along the service road, with plenty of view points along the way allowing you time to catch your breathe and enjoy your surrounds. If you’re lucky you may even spot a Kangaroo or two. Once at the top you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the southern most frontier of Australia and what a view it is; Brilliant sapphire waters crashing into the megalithic rocks that surround the coast, the clouds are almost touchable and the cleanest air will fill your airways with the smell of eucalyptus. This is a hike that everyone will enjoy, including the kids or the aged challenged. Take plenty of water and perhaps even a picnic basket, just a make sure to take out what you what you brought in. On the final note, let’s not forget this is Victoria, weather is subject to change at the shortest of moments, be prepared! On a side note, don’t try out a brand new pair of boots on the mountain … the blisters are still...