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.