Denise and I have been living in South Yarra for nearly nine months. You know you're becoming part of the neighborhood when:
After having lived in Melbourne for the past five months, it's safe to say I learned what good coffee is, albeit the hard way.
Even as a skeptical traveller eager to avoid crowds, I can say that each destination from Melbourne is more fulfilling than the next. In just one month, I visited all of the top three day trips, some of them, twice.
Mardi Gras may be over, but the party is just getting started in the Big Easy.
"Can't you just stay in New York and complain about it like the rest of us?" a friend asked. No, townies like me don't get this many excuses to flee. I had to go.
The Melbourne Festival is a 17-day, multi-venue exploration of visual and performing arts held each October in Australia's cultural capital. It's Melbourne's preeminent yearly cultural event, showcasing theatre, music, film, dance, visual art and more -- and it's every bit as ambitious, audacious and sprawling as one could expect.