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 …]

Happy New Year


From reading our blogs, you probably think we are in Melbourne Australia. Well, our blog is there, but our bodies moved a little faster and are in Sydney. Our blogs will eventually catch up. But we couldn’t resist posting one Sydney blog early as it is time-sensitive…one for Sydney New Year’s Eve. Every once in [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 …]

Art Basel Miami 2006


We enjoyed the 2015 Art Basel in Miami, but missed this year’s event since we are traveling in Australia. But we couldn’t resist “covering” it in some way even if it interrupts our Australian blogflow. The following blog represents the observations of a guest contributor Dylan Anderson.   Art Basel Miami, America’s most prestigious art [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 …]

Cradle Mountain National Park

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The last stop of our initial exploration of Northern Tassie was what is generally considered to be the jewel of the Tasmanian national parks—Cradle Mountain National Park. On the way, we discovered a jewel of a very different kind: A town that bills itself as the “Town of Topiaries”. Railton, Tasmania While driving in Tasmania, [Read more …]

Northern Tasmania

Launceston 05

In addition to visiting Southern Tasmania and Eastern Tasmania, we also explored parts of northern Tasmania. Launceton Launceton is the largest town in the region. It is lovely, with a number of beautifully restored 19th-century buildings, include its signature Post Office and clock tower. The riverfront is fronted by a large park and can be [Read more …]

East Tasmania

Sleepy Bay 03

We left the southern part of Tasmania and drove to Tassie’s east coast primarily to explore the rugged coastline. But it just so happens that Tassie’s east coast is a premier source of many of the island’s oysters and much of its other seafood—and it also happens to have some very credible wineries. What more [Read more …]

Tasmania Southern Wine Region Towns

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During our travels through Tasmania’s Southern Wine Region, we also came across several interesting towns. Richmond Tasmania Richmand Tasmania is located in Tasmania’s southern wine region. It is an 1820-era town with a large number of colonial-era Georgian buildings and structures. Among the most notable are St. Luke’s Church, the Richmond Arms hotel and the [Read more …]

Southern Tasmania Wine Region

Not too far out of Hobart Tasmania is the southern Tasmania Wine region. Nature in this area has its salubrious effects. Take, for example, the impact that the winter rains, the cool climate, the bright sun and the ocean breezes have on grapes: The slow ripening of grapes over many months results in clusters of [Read more …]