Another Winery Crawl: The Yarra Valley, Australia

Morning in the Yarra Valley Australia-2

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

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Ironman Melbourne 2014: Where Are the Women?

Mary Beth Ellis Ironman Asia Pacific Championships 2014

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

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Honoring Today: Banning “The List”

breakfast Bathers Cafe St Kilda

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

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Welcome to Oz

Great Ocean Road 3

  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. 

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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

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Ironman Triathlon: The Call of the Mdot


  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

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Small Wine Producers: The Best of Australia’s Hunter Valley

Tyrrells, one of the larger of the small wine producers in the Hunter Valley

  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. 

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The Fit Traveler: Where to get a good sweat in Sydney Australia

The cafe at the Boy Charlton Pool in Sydney

    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

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My Must-Do List of Places to Cycle in 2014

Cycling in Western Sicily, 2007

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

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