Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Year of Geography: Australia

Posted on July 31st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia

Australia, Australia, Australia, we love you, amen! Truer words were never spoken by Monty Python. After all, who doesn’t love Australia? Boundless sunshine, fun locals, oddball wildlife and a lexicon based on the principle that it’s a waste of breath to say lots of syllables when just two will do. (From a friend in Oz […]

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Travel trivia: Australian deserts

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Two of the world’s largest deserts are the Great Sandy and the Great Victoria, both of which are found in what Australian state? New South Wales New Zealand Queensland Western Australia (And, yes, I know one of these isn’t an Australian state! Just wanted to give you a wee leg up on the question.) Think […]

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Travel trivia: International trees

Posted on March 7th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Pretoria is nicknamed for this tree. It is part of an Australian Christmas carol. And it has come to represent Argentina. What is this tree with purplish-blue flowers? Jacaranda Linden Mahogany Oak Think you know the answer? Send it to me as a comment at the bottom of this post (one answer per contestant, please!). […]

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Aussie cafe serves chocolate on steroids

Posted on June 30th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

If you’ve ever thought, “Gee, chocolate bars would be great if they weren’t cluttered up with nuts and caramel,” then Max Brenner’s is the place for you. The Australian chain of chocolate cafes (which also has shops in New York, Philadelphia and several other non-Aussie places) has the genius to serve chocolate in its most […]

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Cafe with a view in Melbourne

Posted on April 7th, 2010 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I discovered the St. Kilda Pier Kiosk cafe by accident. I’d strolled up the long pier in the beachfront Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda just to check out the view. And quite a view it is. The fact that I could munch on a decent, inexpensive sandwich while absorbing the scenery was a bonus. To […]

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Video: How to Do It Like an Aussie

Posted on March 9th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Although I strongly suspect these two Aussie women, Pip and Kym, are playing up their Aussieness for the cameras, I still enjoyed this little video that tries to teach non-Australians a bit of Down Under culture–from how to make bush tea to what the heck “Good on ya” means. It’s a promo to draw attention […]

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Home swapping on the rise in Australia

Posted on October 27th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Maybe it’s the floundering economy. Perhaps it’s Australians’ famous gregariousness. Whatever the reason, it seems Aussies are getting more interested in house swapping. At least one Down Under swapping organization is seeing a spike in registrations. Homelink Australia, one of the country’s oldest swapping networks, posted a 14-percent rise in registrations in September and is […]

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