Phantom of the Opera NYC

A NYC Classic: Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

When I was in New York, seeing a Broadway show was on my list of essential NYC experiences, along with seeing a Yankees game, riding the Staten Island Ferry, eating a street hot dog and going for a paddle on the lake in Central Park. Touristy? Yes. Unforgettable? Absolutely. Where would the performing arts be without Broadway? New York City’s most famous street has become … Continue reading A NYC Classic: Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Melbourne Night Noodle Markets

Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets: Classics, cult favourites & a pinch of crazy

The Night Noodle Markets sweep through Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney for a couple of weeks every year celebrating the diversity of Asian cuisine. Australian cuisine is heavily influenced by Asia, and for many Australians a typical weekend dinner is just as likely to involve dumplings, pho or a chilli-laden salad as it is a parma, fish and chips or Sunday roast. It’s one of my … Continue reading Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets: Classics, cult favourites & a pinch of crazy

Discovering my inner sports fan at Yankee Stadium: Yankees vs Red Sox

Baseball. Basketball. College football. The atmosphere at America’s favourite sports matches is legendary. I was determined to soak up the excitement at least one of these iconic American sports while in NYC. It was baseball season when we were in town, so we grabbed cheap tickets to see the New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox at Yankees Stadium in The Bronx. Two iconic … Continue reading Discovering my inner sports fan at Yankee Stadium: Yankees vs Red Sox

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

The tiny state of Victoria is made for day trippers. In one day from Melbourne, you could drive part of the Great Ocean Road, sip sparkling wine in the Yarra Valley, hike among the wildflowers in the Dandenongs, hit the beach on the Mornington Peninsula, quaff Pinot Noir in Red Hill, or explore Australia’s gold mining history in the Goldfields. On the weekend, I did … Continue reading Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

Melbourne Comedy Festival: The Great Debate 2015

On Saturday afternoon, David & I went to The Great Debate at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. After missing the Australian Open and the Melbourne Fashion Festival (and some big cricket game, but like that was going to happen), I was determined to finally attend one of the many events Melbourne is famous for! Last year, David and I watched The Great Debate, huddled up … Continue reading Melbourne Comedy Festival: The Great Debate 2015

Sneak Peek: The Australian Ballet’s Giselle

Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital, so I couldn’t let another month go by without dipping a toe in the vibrant cultural scene. I went to see The Australian Ballet‘s final dress rehearsal of Giselle, a classical romantic ballet of unearthly beauty. The last time I went to the ballet, it was the free Ballet in the Bowl when I was visiting Melbourne, which reignited my enthusiasm for classical … Continue reading Sneak Peek: The Australian Ballet’s Giselle

Skip the Moulin Rouge! See The Lido

The Moulin Rouge achieved international infamy decades before Nicole Kidman sashayed across the stage in Baz Luhrmann’s film of the same name.  I’d seen the Moulin Rouge, but didn’t realise that the Lido was a similar cabaret in Paris until my uncle made the joke that I could work there with one of his friends, to fund my dream of living in Paris. As I’ve … Continue reading Skip the Moulin Rouge! See The Lido