Month: December 2016

Postcard from Melbourne: Part I

Despite an early morning arrival into Melbourne, we were able to get into our rental apartment, unpack and head out for breakfast nearby. We are staying in the same apartment in Prahran that we stayed in earlier in the year, only for longer. We enjoyed… Continue Reading “Postcard from Melbourne: Part I”

The Musette: Probably the best chocolate chip cookies ever

I know some of you put the brakes on right after the Festive Season, but I like to keep the treats flowing at least until Epiphany. My bunch of taste-testers voted these quite unequivocably the “best cookies ever”. I feel I should qualify this with… Continue Reading “The Musette: Probably the best chocolate chip cookies ever”

Postcard from Dubai: Part I

We eased ourselves into our trip to Australia with a stopover in Dubai. Not our maiden visit by any means, though many of our previous trips there have involved a mixture of business and pleasure. That said, we did spend a wonderfully relaxing Christmas and… Continue Reading “Postcard from Dubai: Part I”

12 days of Christmas – day 12

What to choose for the 12th photo? Should it be one from our current location in Melbourne, Australia? Quite possibly! But it isn’t. Instead it’s of a massive Christmas tree built entirely from green bottles – that had to be one hell of a… Continue Reading “12 days of Christmas – day 12”

12 Days of Christmas – day 11

There’s nothing I love better than a good sunrise or sunset. Generally, the view from our apartment provides spectacular photographs at any time of the day but when I looked back over the ones we’d taken, this one from the Yarra Valley stood out.… Continue Reading “12 Days of Christmas – day 11”

12 Days of Christmas – day 10

This is the view from the finish of stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana, 176.4km from Marin to Dumbria, Mirador Ezaro which was won by Alexander Geniez (FDJ). It was a long, hot wait at the summit finish for the peloton, particularly as… Continue Reading “12 Days of Christmas – day 10”

12 days of Christmas – day 9

This is photo of the Tour de France peloton as it passed by Coutances on stage 2, a 183km largely flat coastal route from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg won by Peter Sagan, which gave him his first-ever yellow leader’s jersey.  He went on to take his fifth consecutive green… Continue Reading “12 days of Christmas – day 9”

12 days of Christmas – day 8

My beloved was keen to visit Vigo while we were following the Vuelta a Espana around Galicia. Aside from its beautiful Atlantic beaches, alleged to be among some of the best in Europe, the town has a magnificent Old Quarter which, while not extensive, covers… Continue Reading “12 days of Christmas – day 8”

12 Days of Christmas – day 7

Chenonceau Chateau is the second most visited building in France after the Palais de Versailles. However, on a hot summer’s day in July, we were entranced more by its magnificent gardens and spectacular setting. It was built in 1513 by Katherine Briconnet and successively embellished… Continue Reading “12 Days of Christmas – day 7”

12 Days of Christmas – day 6

Racing in old kit and on old bikes is seemingly very popular in Italy. This group of cyclists were crossing posing at the finish line at this year’s Milan-San Remo which concludes just up the road from us. It’s the first Monument of the year… Continue Reading “12 Days of Christmas – day 6”