CONSISTENTLY NAMED one of the most livable cities in the world, Melbourne offers plenty for visitors to do as well. Known as Australia’s cultural and sporting capital, this city of almost 5 million on the Yarra River attracts visitors who stroll its cobbled laneways, attend cricket matches, explore the lively arts scene and enjoy world-class dining.
Those wanting to experience the city’s bohemian scene make their way to Fitzroy, Melbourne’s first suburb, located less than a mile north of the city center. In the early 20th century, the area had become slum territory but experienced a resurgence in the 1980s. Attracted by low rents, artists began moving in, which attracted other creatives, and now the neighborhood flourishes with art galleries, coffee shops and local designers’ boutiques.
You’ll find locally made items from more than 100 artisans at Rose Street Artists’ Market, held every Saturday and Sunday. Check out the stores along Gertrude Street for records, second-hand books and vintage clothing.
Melbourne is one of the world’s leading street art cities, and a Fitzroy Street Art Tour includes a history of the area and the story of the ever-evolving street art scene.
Fitzroy boasts just about every type of cuisine, from falafels to fried chicken. Vegans will want to check out Yong Green Food, Trippy Taco and Smith & Daughters, where guests rave about the desserts and the ragu and polenta dish. If you wonder what the world’s best croissant tastes like, get in line at Lune Croissanterie. For a fine-dining experience, grab a seat at Cutler & Co., housed in an old metalworks factory and voted one of the top restaurants in Australia.
Take in killer views of Melbourne with an adult beverage from a rooftop bar like Naked in the Sky, featuring beer, ciders, infused vodkas and tapas-style dishes.
Keep your fitness routine going with a trip to one of Melbourne’s most popular parks, Edinborough Gardens, where you can run or play tennis or basketball. Bring your workout clothes for “pay as you feel” yoga classes offered by Blooming Happy Yoga. The park offers access to the Main Yarra Trail, a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
THE LABELS ON SOME OF TODAY’S wine bottles sport a relatively new vocabulary, one that explains how the grapes were grown and made into wine. They include such terms as sustainable, organic and biodynamic, among others, and they warrant some explanation. Were the grapes grown by sustainable farming? Were they sprayed with organic fertilizers? Is the wine biodynamic? A number of the terms are new to many consumers. Some are controlled by the U.S. government; others are not. For simple definitions of this relatively new vocabulary, consider the following.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Much like cities around the world, San Francisco closed its museums and performing arts venues temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to technology, those sheltering in place can experience many of these cultural institutions from the comfort of their own homes. Here are the places opening their doors remotely.
Data analytics and consumer intelligence company J.D. Power conducted a survey on the response of the travel industry to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey of 1,633 business and leisure travelers in the past year was conducted March 12–13. In general, those surveyed have faith in the travel industry and are satisfied with the industry’s response to the pandemic thus far.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
Seoul Convention Bureau is poised for a strong bounce back from the COVID-19 virus. The company rolled out a new PLUS SEOUL program to offer extra support to the meetings, incentive, conventions and exhibition industry in response to the virus.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Japan National Tourism Organization While would-be travelers around the world are self-isolating and putting travel plans on hold, Japan Nation Tourism Organization sends the fun home. While everyone’s wanderlust grows, JNTO offers virtual experiences showcasing the best of the island country.