Melbourne is the capital of Australia’s Victoria state. The coastal city boasts a dynamic cultural scene, beautiful natural landscapes and historical attractions. Check out these spots on your visit to Melbourne.
Located within Yarra Park, the colossal sports stadium hosts a variety of sporting and entertainment events. The stadium is also home to the National Sports Museum, which will reopen in February 2020 following renovations.
This contemporary art museum is Australia’s oldest, largest and most-visited art museum. Founded in 1861, the museum boasts a large collection of Australian and international art. Open daily, general admission is free.
Now a museum, the Old Melbourne Gaol was a prison, 1842–1924. It housed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals. The prison was briefly used as a detention barracks during World War II. The museum is open daily. Admission costs $28.
The picturesque gardens were founded in 1846. Spanning almost 90 acres, the gardens are home to 8,500 different species of plants. There is another location in Cranbourne that comprises the entire royal garden. Open daily, admission is free.
The popular open-air market has been in operation since 1878. It is set on about 17 acres. Today, the market boasts a variety of food stalls, specialty shops and restaurants. There are foodie and educational tours available, too.
Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm is a unique dining destination in Newfield, New Jersey. The aquaculture hand harvests its own oysters on site. In addition to delivering oysters to local restaurants, Sweet Amalia also operates a market and restaurant.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Roller coaster enthusiasts already know America offers a number of exciting thrill rides, and the car rental experts at StressFreeCarRental.com created a map of the roller coasters with the biggest drops across the country to make it even easier to map out a journey of adrenaline.
Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1, to honor and celebrate remembered friends and family who have passed. Observers of this holiday create ofrendas, or altars, containing beverages, food, photos and memorabilia of the departed. For adults, offerings of tequila are placed upon graves as a salute to their time on earth. Give a toast to the continuation of life with these tequila offerings.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.