Monthly Archives: June 2016

Melbourne Moments

Melbourne is renowned for four season in one day – wintry rain, blowing gales, broiling hot and full of pollen – but it is not always that way.
Last weekend we had dry skies and sunshine on both days; we discovered the Rose St Markets, saw Whistler’s mother at the National Gallery and despite checking out the dazzling array of shops completely failed to find anything for me to wear!
Melbourne is well know for its markets and laneways.  We discovered the Rose Street Market in Fitzroy – hand made craft and art work with everything from soap and handcream to hand knits, jewellery in wood and silver and resin and quirky cat and dog ornaments.
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We also discovered cronuts – a decadent combination of croissant pastry and filled doughnut not for weight watchers!
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The production of Matilda! was fabulous. Great set and a stellar cast of very talented kids and a few quite talented adults too!
The set design made sure you always had something to keep you occupied – finding the words spelled out all around the proscenium arch.
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The combination of Roald Dahl’s story and songs by Tim Minchin is irresistible and every one needs to be a little bit naughty at sometime! Its on until November 2016 in Melbourne.
Top Tip – if you are in Melbourne the trams are not only iconic they save legs after a long day wandering around markets and laneways.  The City Circle has been free forever  and is a great way to get a commentary and orient yourself in the city.  But the trams within the city zone are all free as well.  Just be sure you pick up and get off the tram within the Free Zone and you are laughing.

Is anywhere safe anymore?

Are you concerned about the way of the world and worried that there are no places left where you can be sure that there will not be trouble of some kind?

It is a reality that terrorism and acts of violence seem to be more prevalent than ever, but there are still places where the likelihood of anything going wrong is fairly remote.

Chances are that if you have never heard of it, neither have the terrorists.  So, here are a few possible destinations to consider.


Iceland –wild, untouched, dramatic and the place where Game of Thrones has done a lot of its filming.  Spectacular, beautiful and safe.


Nuie – where you say?  Exactly.  A tiny island in the South Pacific with two flights a week.  Rugged coastline, great sea wildlife and a place to relax, renew and restore.

The Maldives – long recognised as a great spot for a honeymoon, the No phones, No shoes, No newspapers policy means the ultimate in relaxation and truly getting away from it all.

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Canada – yes, even the big countries can be very safe.  Canada is spectacular on a scale second to none.  Wilderness abounds, the people are very friendly, you have all the mod cons without the guns of the USA, and without the paranoia as well.  Scenery, culture, history, wildlife, food and wine, outdoor activities – Canada has it all.


Oman – yes, a Muslim country and the place where the Emirati go for a holiday.  Hospitable, stable, safe and friendly and so diverse.  Oman has everything from desert and fjord lands similar to Norway, terraced market gardens and even rainforest.  Home to the frankincense trade for thousands of years it has history to burn.

Don’t let the headlines put you off travelling.  The best way to overcome fear and ignorance is to go and meet other people where they live.  Our similarities are far stronger than our differences.