Queen Victoria Market: The night market is a feast for foodies, offering a variety of cuisine

Queen Victoria Market – Day, Night and Weekend

The buzzing halls of the Queen Victoria Market have all the ingredients – meat, fish, produce, prepared food, clothing and gadgets – of a thriving metropolitan market. But, while some markets like these become geared toward tourists, there is no doubt that this is where urban locals do their shopping, too.… Read the rest


Laneways Street Artists at work on Union Lane.

Laneways in Melbourne: alleys, arcades and street art

There is a tangible energy in Melbourne’s central business district, where historic pubs and modern skyscrapers coexist and a steady stream of trams transport people down the main thoroughfares. We learned early on to explore beyond the major streets in order to get a good look at the culture that lies in the laneways in Melbourne.… Read the rest


The Free City Circle Tram #35 loops the city and provides brief commentary during the ride and is one of the 5 free tours in Melbourne that we took.

5 free tours in Melbourne

We’re not huge fans of organized tours. Not only do they eat up a chunk of our budget, but we are averse to being paraded through an area by a paddle-wielding guide. We usually prefer doing our own research, defining our own route and moving at our own pace.… Read the rest


We saw pumpkin dishes on nearly ever restaurant menu in Australia and, at first, didn't understand the pumpkin craze.

Pumpkin Soup in Australia: It’s what’s for dinner

Pumpkin is something I associate with Halloween, but in Australia, it’s what they make for dinner. Some variation of pumpkin, often a pumpkin soup, can be found on just about every restaurant menu in Melbourne. We are always eager to try local dishes, but we were hesitant to indulge in the pumpkin craze.… Read the rest


We started our Parliament and a Politician Pub Crawl with a tour of Melbourne's Parliament House

Melbourne Parliament Tour (and a Politician Pub Crawl)

The Parliament House of Victoria is on the east end of Melbourne’s Central Business District in an area that is rich in history and densely occupied by bars. Coincidence? We think not. Putting ourselves in the shoes of a politician, we first toured Parliament House and then walked a path to various pubs that we think politicians may have ventured into over the years.… Read the rest


Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne

The Shrine of Remembrance, a war memorial dedicated to the men and women from Victoria, Australia who served in World War I, is on nearly every list of ‘Things To Do in Melbourne.’ For non-Australian and (self-proclaimed) non-museum people, it didn’t make our list of Things To Do until our history-loving friend, Vinny, came to Melbourne for a visit.… Read the rest


Aussie Slang Do we speak the same language JetSetting Fools

Aussie Slang: Do we speak the same language?

It’s nice traveling in an English speaking country; the frustration of translation is taken out of the equation making everything a little easier. Even with the adorable, Australian accents (which we love), we have little problem clearly understanding…until they toss in Aussie slang.… Read the rest


Our travel budget for three months JetSetting Fools

Our travel budget for three months

Exactly three months ago we began our year-long journey around the world. We had mapped out our destinations, packed up our backpacks and set a strict budget of $100 per day, on average. We knew we could get by on less while in South America, but also knew that Easter Island, French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia, where we’ve been for the last six weeks, would push us to our limits.… Read the rest