Thanks to a birthday gift from our daughter, Kate, we headed out to the Yarra Valley wine region last week for yet another winery crawl. Here are some notes from our trip on wines, food, where to stay, etc. Wines: The Yarra Valley is a cool climate, so the wines are markedly different than the
The Ironman Asia Pacific Championship race was held this past Sunday in Melbourne and as is always the case in an Ironman event, it was a show to remember. Ten professional women entered the race, among them some promising new faces who may very well be future world champions. At around 3pm, I was sitting
All of my life I have been a maker of lists. I make lists about anything and everything (what to pack for vacation, what to buy at the grocery store, what needs cleaning or attention in the house or garden, my goals for the week or the year, my workout schedule, etc.). My lists capture
I’m in love with Australia. We’ve been here for a little over one month and yes, I feel very badly about being off the grid and failing to launch the promised travel blog. But, as my friend Stacy pointed out: “Blog/Smog. You’ve been busy DOING things.” And that is true. I’ve been eating, sweating, and seeking my brains out.
I have always been drawn to athletic endeavors, beautiful stretches of beach, and the feeling of flying. So it isn’t surprising that kitesurfing has been high on my list of sports to try someday. Imagine my delight when I realized that the little place we rented on St. Kilda beach (Melbourne, Australia) is directly across
February 19th, 2014: We just arrived in Melbourne a few days ago and preparations for Ironman on March 23rd are obviously underway. The gorgeous stretch of road that hugs the coastline from Frankston Pier (scene of the swim) to St Kilda beach (the finish line) is packed with athletes, many of them sporting Mdot tattos, compression socks, and most noticeably, that
I’ve been in Australia for less than a week and already I’m madly in love with the gardens here. The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is tucked between the leafy preserve of Hyde Park and the sunny, blue expanse of the Harbo[u]r. Admission is free and it’s open from 7am to 7pm just about every
The Hunter Valley wine region is an easy drive from Sydney, so after a few days in the city, we headed out for our first visit to some “cellar doors” (the Australian term for a winery). The Hunter is a beautiful area with gently rolling hills flanked by mountains to the North and West.
After a few days here in Sydney, I’m convinced that a bad meal is, if not impossible, highly unlikely. The famous Woolloomooloo meat pies, the fabulous seafood, the chocolate cafes — if you do not over-indulge in Sydney then you just aren’t paying attention. Fortunately, Sydney is a city where people love
As an endorphin junkie, I love to sweat and nothing makes me sweat like cycling. In fact, cycling can hurt me like no other sport. There is nothing quite like cresting a long uphill, the legs and the lungs screaming for relief, and then catching your breathe on clean, fresh air on a long, fast