Tag Archive for Melbourne

Melbourne Street Art

Melbourne was our favorite city in Australia and one of our favorite places on the trip so far.  We were there on two separate occasions, for a total of about two weeks.  Melbourne is a very artsy, bohemian city with lots of cafes and restaurants. It’s the place where Australia’s cool young people want to live; Sydney – full of bankers and insurance companies – just doesn’t hold the same appeal.  One aspect of Melbourne that contributes to its cool culture is the prolific street art throughout the city. Here…

More Cup Highlights

Orchid Fascinator

I wanted to share a few more fun pictures from our day at the Melbourne Cup. When you arrive you walk through a long rose lined path to the entrance. Once your tickets are checked you can wander the grounds. We found a fashion show and stopped there to watch both the models and the crowd. Then Charles and Camilla drove the grounds and waved. We managed to get up to the front and Jeremy snapped a nice shot. From there we walked around the horse holding area, looked at…

Melbourne Cup Tips for Budget Travelers

He's smiling now, but soon we lose it all.

Here’s a few tips for other travelers who want to experience the Melbourne cup on a budget. 1. Find a Vinnies, Lifeline or other second hand store for your outfit. Tip: Cup day is full of color, derby day is mostly black and white. Most men wear suits or suitcoats, but we skipped that to save money. A tie is a must. We decided to wear the shoes we had instead of buy new ones to save a little as well. 2. Bring your picnic lunch and water bottles, treat…

Most Creative Fascinator


I had hoped I would make my own fascinator for the Melbourne Cup (aka “the race that stops a nation”) last week, but it ended up being more affordable to just buy one. We’re still working on a recap post of our day at the cup, but for now I present you with the most creative fascinator of the day and a picture of mine. The tower fascinator photo doesn’t fully capture the glitter effect, but it does includes some others to look at in the background.    

Guide Us: Melbourne, Cairns and the Gold Coast

We have arrived in Sydney! We just made plans to hit Melbourne. We’ll get there Wednesday and will stay a week and plan to partake in the Melbourne Cup festivities. From there, we will head up to Cairns, so we can make it there before rainy/hot season gets too bad (or maybe it’s too late, but we will see). We’ll make our way down the Gold Coast from Cairns after that. As always, we are looking for your recommendations. We’d love specific places to stay and eat, things to see…