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Cellar hopping in the Mornington Wine Region, Australia

As a friend’s personal photo album from this day of our Australia trip on Facebook says, “Our friends were visiting from India, so we had to show them wine and kangaroos.” We were staying with friends in Melbourne, and a quick day trip to the Mornington wine region was imperative. So before going to visit the strange creatures of Australia at the Moonlit Sanctuary, we decided to spend the morning

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Old Tailem Town: The Town Australia Forgot

“Would you like some more milk in that tea, dears?” she asked, her voice laced with sugar, hobbling ever so slowly towards us, hands trembling as she balanced two cups in their saucers. “No, that’s quite all right, thanks,” I hastily jumped up to take the cups from her. “So where you two from?” she asked, as she settled down in her chair. I gulped. How were we supposed to tell

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5 solid reasons to drive through Australia

I don’t drive. So what on earth am I doing, writing about the joys of driving through Australia? Over the years I’ve returned to Australia for several road trips across various regions, always in the passenger seat. This summer (it was winter down under) I played navigator, videographer, backseat nagger and personal entertainer while Charles drove us across the Southern coast of Australia. Australia. The only reason I wish I could

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Top 10 reasons to visit Melbourne (and never come back)

Choosing just 10 reasons to visit Melbourne is like an irony in itself. Melbourne was so very special to us from the moment we landed, and we could literally write a book on it! Top 10 reasons to visit Melbourne 1. The Coffee As coffee lovers, we thought we knew coffee. But we had no idea just how intense the coffee culture in Melbourne’s million cafes was. From lesser known

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Sydney Sights: Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and the Rocks

This was my third time in Sydney and Charles’ first. Of course, it was the first time I was seeing the city as an adult, and was looking forward to how my new perspective would change my impression of it. I also wanted to ensure Charles’ didn’t miss out on anything just because I’d seen it before. We’d already spent a fair amount of time in Australia on this trip,

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Top 5 Places to Revisit

We didn’t think we’d ever do a post on the Top 5 Places to Revisit, but here we are. We’ve always treated every single trip of ours like it’s the last time we’ll ever go there (so that it feels like the trip of a lifetime, every single time). But there are some places we left little pieces of our hearts, and we know we aren’t done with those places

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Maggie Beer’s Farm, Barossa Valley, Australia

Maggie Beer is a massive celebrity for viewers of Masterchef Australia here in India. We hang on to this chef extraordinaire’s every word, smile like lovestruck puppies when she says or does something sweet, and read her recipes like a bible. As soon as Charles and I decided to drive the Great Ocean Road in Australia, I thought, “Wait a minute. Maggie Beer’s Farm, Barossa Valley, Australia!” and started jumping up and down

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An open letter to the people of the Barossa

Dear people of the Barossa, This is a letter of truths. And let me begin with the biggest one. You intimidated me. All through the days of slow driving through the Great Ocean Road, I had a nagging fear that seemed to grow with each small town we passed. What am I, someone pretty illiterate when it comes to wines, going to do surrounded by wine connoisseurs for 3 days?

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Melbourne Laneways – Graffiti and sprained necks

We’d heard lots about the famous Melbourne laneways. It’s among the top things to see and do in Melbourne for sure. We looked up enough to be completely boggled by the sheer expanse of these crisscrossing streets filled with art and other quirks. Did I just call graffiti art? Yes. Because that’s precisely how it’s seen in Melbourne. Treated with as much gravitas and respect as other forms of art

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Moonlit Sanctuary, Mornington – The 12 animals you will meet in Australia

The Moonlit Sanctuary, Mornington snuck up on us out of the blue. As with every city we visit, a short day trip out of town to explore the surrounds sounded really tempting from Melbourne. But with only 6 days to experience the city and spend some time with our friends, I wondered if I’d get to show Charles the penguin parade that I’d witnessed when I was younger at Phillip

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Friendship: the new travel currency- 6 Lessons from Australia

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. One of our favourite travel and friendship quotes by author Tim Cahill couldn’t be more apt. We all know about the amazing benefits of Couchsurfing, Home Swaps, Apartment Rentals, Meet the Locals, and other great ventures the world over that aim to make real connections happen when you travel. We’ve hosted couchsurfers several times, but always held back when it

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