Archive | March 2013

Melbourne’s Sporting Precinct

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One of the things Melbourne is most famous for is as the capital of sport in Australia. Within a fifteen minute walk of the CBD, on the eastern side, we have what is known as the Sporting precinct. We have the MCG (home of Aussie Rules footy), National Tennis Centre (home of the Australian Tennis Open), Olympic Park (where the Oympics were held in 1956) and AAMI park (home of Melbourne Victory soccer team and Melbourne Storm Rugby League team).

On Saturday we caught a train into the city, walked to Myer in Bourke St then back to Flinders St and to Hosier Lane. From there we started walking to AAMI Park to watch Melbourne Victory play. We saw some steps that lead to a walkway to the MCG so decided to walk up there because we hadn’t been up there before. I turned around and took some photos looking back to the CBD over Birrarung Marr where they were setting up for the filming of the Ellen show today.

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The MCG sits in the middle of Yarra Park, a beautiful green space on the edge of the city.

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more street art in Hosier Lane, Melbourne

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This one and the Joker one from my previous post are my favourites in the lane at the moment.

I’ve been walking around Melbourne a fair bit lately, discovering the laneways that Melbourne is so famous for. One I’ve wanted to see for a while has been Hosier Lane, just off Flinders St and opposite Federation Square. It’s one of the most famous laneways in Melbourne due to the art work. There are some great pieces of work. The laneway was full of people taking photos. It’s very popular for brides to have some of their wedding photos and videos using the lane as a backdrop.

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A well-known restaurant, MoVida Next Door is located on the corner of Flinders St and Hosier Lane.

Lazy Friday night dinner

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Tonight was one of those Friday nights when I couldn’t be bothered cooking or eating. It wasn’t until 7.30 that I thought I’d better get a move on or it would be too late. A quick scan of my fridge showed me I had eggs, goats cheese and plenty of tomatoes. I put those three ingredients into my favourite recipe website. Of the ten recipes that came up there was only one I liked and that was Goats cheese and basil scrambled eggs. (http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/19316/goats+cheese+and+basil+scrambled+eggs).

It was very quick and easy to make. I cooked toast instead of bagels but sourdough bread or muffins would also work well. I grilled the tomatoes rather than roasting them. That’s much quicker for me. Overall the meal was delicious, especially with the basil torn and put on top. The goats cheese gave the eggs a sharp, creamy taste.

I’ll definitely be cooking this again. I can see it becoming a Friday night favourite.

Eastern Beach

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Eastern Beach is a beautiful spot on the southern end of Corio Bay. After our walk we stopped off for a cuppa and a bite to eat before walking back to the car. We got told off by the waitress for moving the table numbers but we had no choice so weren’t really impressed by the service. Who would think to tell their customers off?

The giant wheel in the background is based in Melbourne in winter and Geelong in Summer.

A large part of the bay is enclosed to create an open air pool. There are pontoons to allow for diving and it’s great to see lots of families having fun.

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A few days after this photo was taken this plane crashed into the bay just before a member of the Jackass team was going to board it. The plane landed upside down but luckily there were no serious injuries.

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I love the way they have recycled this old ship into a restaurant.

Queenscliff Marina

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On it’s website, Queenscliff Marina is described as a ‘destination in itself, a dynamic retail precinct includes tourism, marine, leisure, fashion & giftware and hospitality businesses. Foodies are not forgotten. From fine dining to fish & chips, coffee, cake, icecream and the best local produce and seafood will be available in surroundings offering incomparable bay views.’ As well as being an important harbour, just inside the heads of Port Phillip Bay (the gateway to Melbourne), it’s the home of charter businesses for dolphin swims, diving and fishing.’

Queenscliff is also the home of the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry, a car and passenger ferry that takes you from the Mornington Peninsula to the Bellarine Peninsula on the other side of Port Phillip Bay. There is so much to do on either side of the bay and the ferry ride is only 40 minutes compared to more than two hours drive through Melbourne and Geelong.

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The tower is a lighthouse, the first built in 94 years. An interesting fact is it was constructed using a single concrete pour over three days.

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Looking out to Bass Strait through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. Next destination south is Tasmania.

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Looking over the marina from the tower.

Waterfront Seafood, Geelong

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Looking for somewhere nice for lunch when people have different tastes and there’s so much to choose from. After walking around looking at the various cafe and restaurant menus we ended up at Waterfront Seafood on Eastern Beach Rd. It’s in the retail section of the Edgewater apartmment building, a luxury apartment building overlooking Corio Bay. Mum had been there before and liked it. I really liked their menu and noticed they serve non-seafood dishes as well for those that don’t like seafood. Although I can’t imagine not like seafood.

Mum and I both chose the Salt and Pepper Calamari which once again didn’t have as much pepper as I would have liked. Restaurants don’t seem to serve this dish with much pepper at all these days which is a shame for me. It was served with delicious fries (although I didn’t want to eat all of them) and salad. It was hard to choose what to have so we decided to come back for tea before heading home. That way we could eat two dishes from their menu.

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Dinner turned out to be a lot later than planned and we tried these yummy wagyu burgers that we had initially thought of eating for lunch but decided against it. We did have a lot of walking ahead of us after all.

The waitresses were fantastic. One of them was from Melbourne and had a friend who lived in my suburb so we chatted about the area and Geelong. It’s so nice to have friendly waiters and waitresses. It makes the meal more memorable in my opinion. She remembered us when we went back fo dinner which was a nice touch. They meet so many people during their day.

more bollards in Geelong

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Artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned by Geelong Council to transform recycled bollards into these works of art. The characters are based on people that have had an impact on Geelong and it’s history.

Geelong is only about 1.5 hours from my house. It’s a nice easy drive along freeways. We set off early in the morning and arrived in Geelong before it started to warm up. We parked the car at the beginning although you can park anywhere along the route and still see all the bollards. It warmed up very quickly and I realised I hadn’t taken any suntan lotion but it was comfortable to walk in the heat. I have wanted to do the complete walk for such a long time. It was another thing I was able to cross off my list of things to do.

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Geelong…Bollards Sculpture Walk

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Years ago I went to Geelong and saw some of these wonderful bollards along the waterfront in Geelong. Since then the number has grown to over 100 at 47 different sites (the brochures state 48 but the last one seems to have been removed). The walk begins at the Geelong Botanic Gardens and ends approximately 4kms further around Corio Bay at Rippleside Park.

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Impromptu dinner

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An impromptu dinner to end a hot week was in need tonight. It was lovely to sit outside at Switch at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, enjoying the air that was cooling down. My dinner was Garlic prawn, calamari and salmon fettuccine with spinach and olive oil topped with a mediterranean tomato salsa and balsamic reduction.

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Dessert was a passionfruit cheesecake. A little too much cheesecake and more passionfruit would have made this even tastier.

Is it Autumn or Summer?

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Mother nature must be feeling a little confused at the moment. If you look at the calendar it’s March so we should be moving into Autumn with leaves browning and falling from the deciduous trees.

However Melbourne and other parts of south-east Australia are continuing to have summer weather with temperatures nearing 40 deg celsius (100 deg Fahrenheit ). Summer here has long run from January to end of March for a long time but this summer did actually start in december. Meanwhile the north east has been suffering from torrential tropical downpours and cyclones

A lot of my friends are complaining that it’s still hot and can’t wait for it to cool down. I love the heat and not the long cold winters so I’m making the most of it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the detail

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When I go away, or even when I’m taking photos locally, I love to take photos of the signs I see. There are a few reasons:
* you learn about what can be done or seen in the area
* you learn what’s important to the local people
* by photographing the signs, I can re-read them later and use some of the information in my scrapbooking and blog

Sometimes the signs contain information that is purely from a tourist information side of it and others give you historical information. When I come home I read through all the information and it becomes an important memory tool.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/weekly-photo-challenge-lost-in-the-details/

NAB Cup: St Kilda v Swans – Sunday 3rd March

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Months ago, when the AFL fixture was released, I was forced to make a difficult decision. My beloved Swans were schedule to play St Kilda in a second round NAB Cup match at the same time as Melbourne Victory were to be playing at AAMI Park. Even then (in October) I knew that I would end up going to the footy because I would have seen all Melbourne Victory home games by this time. I was really annoyed that both games were scheduled at the same time. It would have been great if the soccer had been on a different day or even earlier in the day so I could have hopped on the train to Etihad Stadium.

It was a beautiful, warm day, so I went into the city early so I could go to Myer then walked around the city, finally ending up at Etihad Stadium on the city’s western side.

The Swans came out firing in the first quarter and continued on until the Saints turned the tables and ran away to win by 23 points. It was a good chance to watch some of the players for my fantasy footy sides first hand. Most of all it was great to be able to say that footy is back!!!

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Melbourne’s Royal Arcade

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The Royal Arcade in Bourke St Mall through to Little Collins St is one of Melbourne’s most treasured shopping malls. It harks back to the genteel times of the Victorian era. Built in 1869 and renovated between 2002-2004, it houses some beautiful old shops. It is also famous for Gog and Magog, the mythical creatures that guard the entrance at Little Collins St.

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