Posts tagged: graffiti

Australia: Mel-bun

By , February 8, 2011 12:45 am
Federation Square

Federation Square

We heard Melbourne is more like San Francisco out of all Australian cities so we cannot deny it a visit. As we walk around downtown, it feels much more mellow than the super active city of Sydney. I enjoy the extreme contrast between the old and new buildings. Even more, I admire the bold risks taken in the modern buildings like SBS Studios and RMIT.

Funky RMIT Building

Funky RMIT Building

St Paul's Anglican Cathedral & SBS Studios

St Paul's Anglican Cathedral & SBS Studios

Modern and Wooden ... We Like

Modern and Wooden ... We Like

As we leave downtown, the area around the Olympic Park seems newer and there is more open space. We have a pleasant stroll in the botanical garden, admiring the various trees and plants. As we make our way out of the park, there is mob of runners who just got out of work and are going for their daily run. Once we escape the mass, we then make way for the bicyclers who keep on coming.

Pond Inside Botanical Garden

Pond Inside Botanical Garden

Boris Munching A Massive Leaf

Boris Munching A Massive Leaf

Pretty Flowers

Pretty Flowers

With a high reputation for wonderful food, we expand our budget for fine eats. However with so many choices, we consult a food guide at the bookstore for some help. We want to try Yu-U for Japanese food but after spending some time finding the place (an unmarked black door), we are turned away as they were fully booked for two days. As we are still determined to have Japanese food, we run into a cute place called Hako. The dishes are very tiny, but very tasty. With a little lemon juice, avocado, and shiso leaf added to the crabmeat, it makes a big difference in taste.

Crab Appetizer @ Hako

Crab Appetizer @ Hako

Udon Soup @ Hako

Udon Soup @ Hako

On our second night, we head to MoVida for tapas. Around this area are many cool alleyways filled graffiti art that help brighten up the rather dull alleys. At first glance, I wouldn’t think to find so many fine eateries and bars here. We even find ACDC Lane. The location of MoVida is great and the atmosphere reminds us a little of SF, but as much as we want to like this place, none of the dishes we try agree with our palette.

Graffiti Art Across From MoVida

Graffiti Art Across From MoVida

Scallop With Meat @ MoVida

Scallop With Meat @ MoVida

Anchovies With Smoked Strawberry Ice Cream @ MoVida

Anchovies With Smoked Strawberry Ice Cream @ MoVida

We even find time to squeeze in a little holiday shopping. Just as impressive as the modern architecture in the city is the inside of the shopping malls. At one mall, we are served a glass of free bubbly white wine. Then we find an adorable indoor lawn to relax on.

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre

Indoor Lawn

Indoor Lawn

Amazing Skylight

Amazing Skylight

Overall, we find Melbourne to be a young hip city that is best explored when not on a budget.

Inside St Paul's Anglican Cathedral

Inside St Paul's Anglican Cathedral

Royal Exhibition Building

Royal Exhibition Building

Small Parks In Downtown

Small Parks In Downtown

ACDC Lane

ACDC Lane

Anyone Up For A Game Of Chess?

Anyone Up For A Game Of Chess?

Nice Touch To Downtown Condos/Hotel

Nice Touch To Downtown Condos/Hotel

Welcome To Chinatown

Welcome To Chinatown

Victorian Terrace Houses

Victorian Terrace Houses

Flat White @ Gridlock Coffee

Flat White @ Gridlock Coffee

Me & Frenchie & Zoom

Me & Frenchie & Zoom

Pukeko

Pukeko

Lovely Wild Flowers

Lovely Wild Flowers

What We Paid: AUD USD Euro
– Flight On Jetstar From Sydney To Melbourne 92/pp one-way 92.50 67.75
– Skybus From Melbourne Airport To City 16/pp 16 11.80
– Room At Formule 1 Hotel [clean and great location; book online for discount] 69/room 69 51
– Dinner at Hako 42/pp 42 31
– Dinner at MoVida 35/pp 35 25.75
– Pho Lunch 12/pp 12 9
– Coffee at Gridlock 3.20/pp 3.20 2.40
– Firefly Express Bus From City To Avalon Airport 20/pp 20 14.75

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Argentina: The Hip City of Buenos Aires

By , January 10, 2011 11:35 pm
Diego Maradona, Their National Icon

Diego Maradona, Their National Icon

Buenos Aires at first sight reminded us of Paris with its large avenues and European architecture, so it’s no wonder it is known as the most European city in South America.

Interesting Roof

Interesting Roof

Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Moulin Building

Moulin Building

From the airport, a cheap 2-hour ride into the city allowed us to see the different neighborhoods. It was only exploring the locations by foot that got us to see the vast differences from one neighborhood to the next. In San Telmo, we got some tango with our cup of afternoon coffee in Plaza Dorrego. In Palermo, shopping and eating were the only things on our agenda. In Boca, graffiti was the highlight. Finally, our walking tour through the center of the city left us breathless for its beauty and for how much walking we did.

Free Tango At Plaza Dorrego

Free Tango At Plaza Dorrego

Boca Neighborhood

Boca Neighborhood

Colorful Buildings

Colorful Buildings

Graffiti Art

Graffiti Art

Without a doubt, the Recoleta Cemetery is an awkward attraction where it feels like you are house hunting, but for a mausoleum.

Cemetery Right In The City

Cemetery Right In The City

Very Exclusive

Very Exclusive

House Or Mausoleum?

House Or Mausoleum?

During our 5 days in Buenos Aires, we probably had beef or lamb every single day. Most of the time, you can get an excellent piece of meat for less than $10. For our rare or medium-rare eaters readers, you need to explicitly say that you like blood since they tend to overcook the meat. We also fancied the pizzas (and the ridiculous amount of cheese they put on them) and ice cream!

Dining With Amy

Dining With Amy

Which Cut Looks Good

Which Cut Looks Good

Must Try Ice Cream In BA

Must Try Ice Cream In BA

There was so much in this one city to explore that we could use another trip back.

Thank you to our pretty awesome friend, Amy, for joining us in Bariloche and Buenos Aires!

Amy & Boris Exploring The City

Amy & Boris Exploring The City

Modern Building

Modern Building

Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon

We Got Standing Seats For Camerata Bariloche

We Got Standing Seats For Camerata Bariloche

Wicked Trees In The Park

Wicked Trees In The Park

Mercado de San Telmo

Mercado de San Telmo

Antique Market

Antique Market

Group Dinner With New Friends

Group Dinner With New Friends

Ceiling Decor Inside Restaurant

Ceiling Decor Inside Restaurant

Savoy Hotel: Albert Einstein Stayed Here & We Did Too

Savoy Hotel: Albert Einstein Stayed Here & We Did Too

America Del Sur Hostel

America Del Sur Hostel

Beets Risotto

Beets Risotto

Fish Special Of The Day

Fish Special Of The Day

Ribs

Ribs

Pizza

Pizza

MuiMui At The Evita Museum

MuiMui At The Evita Museum

Underground Milongas At La Catedral

Underground Milongas At La Catedral

What We Paid: Argentine
Pesos
USD Euro
– Visa fee for US passport holders 140/pp 35.25 27.25
– Local Bus From Airport To Center [2-hours] 2/pp 0.50 0.40
– Taxi From Center To Airport 110 27.70 21.40
– Subway Or Bus 1.10/pp 0.30 0.25
– America del Sur Hostel [4-beds per room, super clean & trendy, great location, free wifi, free breakfast, great staff, highly recommend] 55/pp 13.85 10.70
– Entrance to La Catedral For Underground Tango 15/pp 3.80 2.90
– Average Meal 30/pp 7.50 6
– Dinner Splurge 150/pp 37.75 29.20

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