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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Melbourne - Australia Day

Today is Australia Day in this fair land that is my home for the time being which got me thinking... there is nothing really like it in the UK... Yes, we have St. George's Day but that is not a national holiday - here it is basically a day off and a family day (rather like Christmas) and a day to give thanks too... USA has Thanksgiving Day and France has Bastille Day - a day for families to converge and just be together.... Rather nice really...

And so then I thought well, yes.... I love my 'home' city of Melbourne, I really do - and these are things I particularly love (in no specific order....)

  • The architecture (the great variety - from the wonderful modern skyscrapers to the period weather boarded homes).

  • The green spaces within the city - the parks and in particular the Royal Botanic Gardens.

  • The laneways and arcades.

  • The cafes (and especially the lovely breakfasts available).

  • The people - Meburnians are wonderful almost without exception - friendly, open and welcoming and most all with a 'can do' attitude.

  • The art galleries and theatres.

  • The beaches and coast line in general including the docklands area.

  • The coffee (consistently good).

  • The markets - from fresh food to 'flea'.

  • The trams (and the transport system in general in the city).

  • The River Yarra

  • The fact that there are seasons in Melbourne - in fact a common saying is that you can get all 4 in one day... Or "If you don't like the weather, wait a couple of hours"..... At least in winter it is cold enough to wear tights here!

  • The food - again, almost always of a good standard and what variety too!

And so there it is - my list... Happy Australia Day to all my fellow country dwellers... and a good day to you all wherever you call 'home'.


  1. It sounds absolutely super!! I've never been to Australia but your description of the place makes me want to jump on the plane and leave the miserable weather in UK!

  2. Melbourne sounds wonderful - happy Australia Day!
    I do recall, when moving to California, I was worried there might not be seasons. Funny how us Brits like a bit of 'weather' now and then!

  3. Looks like a wonderful place to live. I would love to see Australia, but would never survive the plane ride!

  4. Happy Australia Day Auntie S! (One day late I know...) I had an amazing time in Sydney. I flew in from New Zealand at 8am, had a shower and sorted myself out then my friend Soph Sliney and I went around Darling and Sydney Harbour- gorgeous weather and atmosphere. I'll be posting a few of my 'Australia Day' pics up- I had the Australian Flag painted onto my face! Hope you had a lovely day with plenty of 129's that cheese we all really like :-) xxxx

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  6. ASD - do come on over - you would be more than welcomed I know! And welcome to the blog - thanks for dropping by and commenting too.

    Struggler - yes, have to have our Seasons us Brits, don't we!

    James - of course you would survive the plane ride a young whipper snapper like you!

    JandCL - dear Mother - I can guess! The name was rather a giveaway however am v. proud of you to have worked out how to become a 'follower'!!

    Sophie P - hope Aussie flag on face NOT permanent how ever much you love the country ! Yes, plenty of 129! - no cheese tho :-(

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  7. Dear Sarah - hope you had a wonderful Australia Day - I missed our usual barbie/picnic...GG returns to Sydney tomorrow so have been manic getting things done - love Susie x

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