Tag: Victoria

Fitzroy melange

The smallest postcode in Australia. 3065 Fitzroy. Fitzroy, an inner suburb of Melbourne. My favorite. 100ha. Just over 10.000 people. And more bars and restaurants that you can imagine. And more street art. Since living there for 10 weeks in 2014/15, I’ve been back every year. And so, logically, it was top of our list on our first day in…

On to Melbourne

After eight days in Tasmania, we’re on our way north. Next stop: Melbourne. We debated back and forth whether we should take the ferry or the plane. I had always dreamt of taking the Spirit of Tasmania across Bass Strait vom Devonport to Melbourne. The journey, done twice a day, takes about 9 hours, and is possible overnight. It’s not…

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…

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.…

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…