HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Melbourne… it’s Goodbye Again

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again.
Nobody ever said living in two countries would be easy.

It’s by no stretch, the worst thing that could happen to you either!

As I prepare to fly out of the city I was born and bred in, I can’t help but feel sad. Like for many of us, family is important to me. I come from a close-knit Italian family and leaving them behind is hard, especially as our little group expands with two most beautiful nephews. I miss my family and friends so much when I’m in Rome. And when I’m in Melbourne I miss Rome!

So, I’m also looking forward to being back in Rome and getting back to my roman life.

Admittedly this departure doesn’t seem as bad – because I’m taking a piece of home with me (I can’t believe I didn’t think of this earlier in the piece!). Mamma HeartRome is coming back with me for a short holiday and this makes me happy.

So on that note, here are some of my Oz summer snapshots.

Melbourne, my home, my family, my friends. Until next time. I love you.

An Abruzzo-style welcome home party with arrosticini

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Playing around with some of the women in the family on Christmas Day
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Seeing Melbourne, sky high at Vue de Monde

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A big Christmas Eve family selfie

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Ringing in 2015 along Melbourne’s South Wharf with a stunning view of the NYE fireworks

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Loving Melbourne CBD at Christmas time

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Swimming in the gorgeous rock pools at Coogee beach in Sydney

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Seeing the Sydney Harbour and Opera house for what always seems like the first time

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Polaroid family fun on Christmas Day

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Unforgettable degustation at Vue de Monde

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Annual wrapping of all the Christmas presents

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Making scones for the family

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Dining at Attica for the first time

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My classic ribbon sandwiches for a family high tea

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Devouring Sorrento’s famous vanilla slice

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Being treated by my bro and sister-in-law at Nobu as a belated bday gift

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Spending a weekend in Sydney with my beautiful sister and special friends

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Mothers and daughters high tea at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt

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Enjoying the spectacular Melbourne skyline with some special ladies

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Stocking up on brunch & eggs Benedict – all the things I can’t really get in Rome!

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Setting the table for the annual family Christmas Eve dinner

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Taking a food tour on the streets of Melbourne with Melbourne Food Experiences

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Night at Her Majesty’s Theatre for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom

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Spending a few days at the beach down on the Mornington Peninsula

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Seeing the marina development on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

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Lunching and wining at some great places in Red Hill – Victorian wine country

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Tasting Adrian Zumbo’s macaroons for the first time

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Having a special farewell dinner with friends and loved ones

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Meeting the gorgeous Paula of Melbourne based Italy on my Mind blog

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Goodbye my Melbourne!
We’ll be together again real soon…
Signing off from Melbourne… Rome-bound
Baci Maria

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