Tag: Melbourne

Australian road trip

Here we go: the next big adventure with my sister: we’re finally taking our three-week Australian road trip. Here’s the planning: 4-5 February: the flights We start our journey in the morning at 9.00, taking Qatar airways QR196 from Brussels to Doha. It will be my first flight on a Boeing 787, the Dreamliner. After a 3h45 layover in what I…

Australia | Art

On my last day in Australia I finally visited the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. With over 20,000 Australian artworks, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photography and fashion, the collection is one of the  most well known in Australia. The Ian Potter Centre is the home of the Australian part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), while the…

Melbourne lanes

I love getting lost in Melbourne’s numerous little lanes and arcades. Dating back to the Victorian era, they come from the original street grid of central Melbourne, named after Robert Hoddle who designed it. Initially, they were meant as service laneways for horses and carts, in between the bigger streets. In some of them you could find the slums during Melbourne’s gold rush area. Today,…

Melbourne Bike Ride

My friend Artur loves his bike rides around Melbourne. He’s also a great tour guide, having done city tours for tourists. The combination is therefore irresistible. And as I got my old bike from Colin again for the three weeks in Melbourne, we decided to use Good Friday for an early bike tour around Melbourne. It started at 9 a.m.…

Tears of a clown

It’s been 23 years since Madonna last toured Australia, and after promising to tour down under, then canceling, she was over-due, and she owed one to Australia. Well, she made good. Named Tears of a clown, a special, free, fan-only show was announced for Melbourne only a few days ago. Panic among the #madonnafamily die hard fans, flights were re-scheduled, holidays taken, some friends…

Return to Melbourne

Sometimes you have this inexplicable pull towards a place, a subconscious attraction that draws you to a certain city, and – without having ever set foot in it – you know you will love it. I had this attraction with Melbourne, years before I came here on 1 January 2014. Maybe it was the tales from friends, maybe it’s something…