Yarra Valley Wineries

Not far out of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley Wine region. We explored a handful of recommended wineries to get a flavor for this cool region’s wines. Yearing Station Winery. We didn’t have the palate to appreciate many of their very light-bodied entry-level “Village” wines, but did enjoy a number of their more premium wines. [Read more …]

Melbourne Art, Restaurants and Hotel

Banksy - Girl with a Balloon

Melbourne Art Melbourne is loaded with art. The city has many galleries and local art fairs (such as the below-discussed Rose Street Art Fair and St. Kilda Esplanade Market). It also has a large collection of museums in the city’s Cultural Precinct, each of which hosts different exhibitions. Although we would have loved to visit [Read more …]

Melbourne Australia

Melbourne - library

It had been a number of years since we last visited Melbourne. On this trip to Australia, we especially wanted to make a repeat visit. We remembered it as a very kind city (truth be known, most Australian are kind. But when Joyce had a delayed reaction to the sun right after we had ordered [Read more …]

Melbourne Neighborhoods and Suburbs


Although we spent most of our limited Melbourne time in and around the CBD (city center), we did venture out to some of the more interesting outer districts. We found two, in particular to be especially interesting. Fitzroy, which is technically beyond the CBT, was a near-in working-class neighborhood that supposedly began gentrifying in the [Read more …]