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Australian Centre for the Moving Image

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Nestled right into Federation Square in downtown Melbourne is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. This museum is cool!  In fact, the whole of Federation Square is pretty cool, featuring some impressive modern architecture that is a joy just to look at.  There are windows at odd angles, sharply slanting walls, and support beams that look like some kind of giant alien spider web.  It’s a great place just to walk around, and there are several cafes on location …

Food in Melbourne: Pancakes and Greek

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Being the coupon lovers that we are, when we saw an offer for 2 for 1 shortstack pancakes, we had to take a look.  We went to the Pancake Parlour, a Melbourne institution for flapjacks.  They have an impressively full menu with plenty of non-pancake options.  But let’s be honest, we’re here for them grittle cakes.  They were served with your choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, or fresh cream.  I usually tire of pancakes quickly, but these were …

Love Never Dies in Melbourne

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Nao loves the Phantom of the Opera.  I mean loves it.  I think she would probably prefer if I took to wearing a mask most of the time and singing everything I say to her.  This being the case, when we found out that A) There was a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, titled Love Never Dies, and B) that it was playing in Melbourne while we were there, we decided that we had to head downtown in …

Photo of the Week: Bronte Beach

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Everyone has heard of Bondi Beach, which is, by far, the most famous beach near Sydney.  It’s where people go to watch and be watched as well as catch some surf.  However, Sydney does not lack for good beaches.  Our wonderful host took us to Bronte beach, which is just south of Bondi Beach, and within walking distance of its slightly more famous cousin. Bronte Beach, while still popular with the locals, is less known among tourists and therefore more …

Meetings on the Muddy Murray–Echuca, Australia

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One of the best things about traveling is being able to catch up with friends, and while travelling near Melbourne, we had the chance to meet up with a friend who used to teach in the same small country town in Nagano, Japan as I did.  Reminiscing after about 4 years, it really struck me that as much as traveling and seeing the sights is amazing, the people you meet will almost always be what really makes a trip. My …