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Where to Relax, Read and Dine

If you want to know where to dine with some amazing views, what’s a relaxing place to enjoy a read or what’s on next weekend, my latest Weekendnotes articles will tell you all that. Simply click the links below or visit here. You can even show me your support by clicking “Like” or “Subscribe to Monique N” in the left hand corner of that page!

Philippine Fiesta 2013: article//website

If you didn’t get enough of Filo culture in my last post, did you know that each year there is a Philippine Fiesta in Melbourne? You can witness some amazing cultural performances, from singing to dance and wrestling matches. Meanwhile, you can venture through all the food stores and sample their amazing BBQ dishes.

If you look out, some Filipino groceries are selling presale tickets to the event or you can just rock up on the day!

Top Places to Read a Book in Melbourne: article

Need I say more? Sometimes, you just want to enjoy your latest novel and block out everything else. However, it’s always nice to do so in a peaceful atmosphere, whether it’s a beach or a park. Read my article for my favourite spots, including a little sneaky treat at the end.

Melbourne Dining Spots with a View: article

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Here you will find some conventional places that you may have heard of, within the greenery of areas such as the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. If you’re wondering what will be nice for someone’s next big occasion, if you want to explore or if you simply just want to treat yourself, these places are perfect to drop by!

Great Ocean Road

erskine-falls31The Great Ocean Road is something that everyone has to do. It fits perfectly into the cliche, that says that the journey is more important than the destination.

Along the scenic drive, you can embrace your spontaneous side and decide to take a stop wherever you find a breathtaking view.

You’ll find that these will be mainly beach views as you take in the turbulent ocean and the small hills and cliffs around the coast.

I haven’t travelled the full road but even travelling for a part of it will give you scenic views that you can’t find in Melbourne. The left picture is of Erskine Falls in Lorne, a popular destination about 20 minutes from the famous ocean road. It’s a short walk from the carpark to a platform where you can observe the 30 metre drop from above.

The bottom right picture, is part of our first spontaneous stop to admire the foggy, mysterious and empty coast around the beginning of the drive. Despite the gloomy weather, having a whole beach to yourself to walk on and enjoy the air outside city life can be quite a reality-check.

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If you want to read my full story in detail about my Great Ocean Road trip, complete with a good burger spot and bonus dolphin show, visit this link and feel free to leave me some comments on where to go next time!

Weekendnotes: http://www.weekendnotes.com/the-great-ocean-road-victoria/

 

Tulips, Tulips Everywhere

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If you are looking for a some beautiful scenery in the Dandenong Ranges, there are numerous options. Come spring, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a popular destination for tourists, families, couples and anyone looking for a relaxing day. Oh, and for anyone feeling a bit photogenic.

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Each year, the tulip farm holds a festival around September-October. I also visited last year, but I really don’t remember it being as packed as it was this weekend! The carpark was enormous, yet vehicles lined the streets, disregarding the no-parking area.

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The fields are lined with vibrant colours in strips, and basically everyone is strolling down them and taking photos with their DSLRs. It’s really a sight to see and it happened to be some great, sunny weather. The fields are quite muddy – so be prepared to get your shoes dirty! To assist with this, there are various “boot scrapers” located around the venue, where you hold on to the structure, put your shoes up and, well, scrape the dirt off your shoes!

Each weekend has a theme, unluckily it was the same theme as the time I visited last year. It would have been nice to experience a different culture, but nevertheless I experienced the Dutch Weekend again and tried some Dutch donuts. Unfortunately, they were very oily, doughy and not as flavoursome as I thought. There are various stalls for ice-cream, Dutch poffertjes (pancakes), sausages, ice-cream and more, but expect a long line for the main cafe.

There was also a cute, traditional Dutch dance performance in clogs. The seniors who are part of this group are very enthusiastic and happy to perform for the crowd each year.

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There are other sections to stroll through besides the tulip fields such as the separate gardens where they grow tulips (below), cherry blossom trees, walkways of other brightly coloured flowers, and little spots for kids (a fake rainbow, some poles that make music etc).

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As usual, there are some downsides. The main food lines are long, as are the toilet lines. The portable toilets got clogged up and on the way out, as I eyed the line of cars illegally parked and thought no one would fine that many people – behold! Two ticket inspectors making their way down the line. Perhaps the event holders need to look into this parking situation for the future.

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Besides these minute cons, I highly recommend this place if you just want to have a stroll with friends or family amongst some beautiful colours. If you are interested in going this year, make a move! They still have a Food, Jazz and Wine weekend and an Irish weekend left.

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Tesselaar Tulip Farm is located at 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan. Tickets are $20 adult, $17 concession and can be bought online or on the day, more information here.