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
Seeing Melbourne, sky high at Vue de Monde
A big Christmas Eve family selfie
Ringing in 2015 along Melbourne’s South Wharf with a stunning view of the NYE fireworks
Loving Melbourne CBD at Christmas time
Swimming in the gorgeous rock pools at Coogee beach in Sydney
Seeing the Sydney Harbour and Opera house for what always seems like the first time
Polaroid family fun on Christmas Day
Unforgettable degustation at Vue de Monde
Annual wrapping of all the Christmas presents
Making scones for the family
Dining at Attica for the first time
My classic ribbon sandwiches for a family high tea
Devouring Sorrento’s famous vanilla slice
Being treated by my bro and sister-in-law at Nobu as a belated bday gift
Spending a weekend in Sydney with my beautiful sister and special friends
Mothers and daughters high tea at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt
Enjoying the spectacular Melbourne skyline with some special ladies
Stocking up on brunch & eggs Benedict – all the things I can’t really get in Rome!
Setting the table for the annual family Christmas Eve dinner
Taking a food tour on the streets of Melbourne with Melbourne Food Experiences
Night at Her Majesty’s Theatre for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom
Spending a few days at the beach down on the Mornington Peninsula
Seeing the marina development on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
Lunching and wining at some great places in Red Hill – Victorian wine country
Tasting Adrian Zumbo’s macaroons for the first time
Having a special farewell dinner with friends and loved ones
Meeting the gorgeous Paula of Melbourne based Italy on my Mind blog
Goodbye my Melbourne!
We’ll be together again real soon…
Signing off from Melbourne… Rome-bound