Australia Day 2014

The 26th of January is Australia Day. Its origin (landing of European in this continent) may not be all happy story but today it is a day to celebrate the diversity and the happy, friendly spirits that make Australia what it is. A parade is made up of groups representing cultural, ethnical, religious communities. Many people, even if they are not local residents, wear the flag of Australia and walk under the summer sun.

Australia Day 2014
Cora & Ben

Australia Day 2014
Gary

Australia Day 2014
Claudia and her family came from Columbia to visit

Australia Day 2014
It is not the ‘down, down’…

Australia Day 2014
Melbourne is the art capital of Australia, after all. It pulls off with style.

Royal Australian Air Force ‘Roulettes’ put on an amazing acrobatic flight show in the sky at length.

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014
As the sun sets, everyone came to Docklands and sat around in the warm air.

Australia Day 2014

Australia Day 2014

How did you enjoy your Australia Day?

Heat hit Melbourne

forest in the city

The most recent heat wave kept the city hot for a whole week. I have never seen Melbourne’s top temperature hitting 40 degrees every day for 5 days straight! It was pretty tough. We kept indoors as much as possible, went home later when it was cooler (well, some people have air-con unlike me, I suppose…).

How did you handle the heat?

hot afternoon

Those people made the best of it by watching the Australian Open Tennis on the big screen in Federation Square. Skin cancer? You live only once! Well, good luck with your fighting the illness in your middle age, boys and girls.

afternoon

hot afternoon

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hot afternoon

Everything seems to have lost their colours; there was the bright and there was the shadow.

Reading in the dusk

Reading by the water at sunset was probably the best way to enjoy the summer in Melbourne. During the sunny hours, stay in the shade, take a nap, and then when the sun goes down and breeze starts to move the air a bit, head out, walk slow, and enjoy the colours that finally fill the world.

sunset cruise

Melbourne is back to cool again this week. We pulled on wind jacket again, and walked on the sunny side of the street again. But it seems there will be a few more days of warm ones to come. Probably not as hot as it was last week. But the summer is not yet over in Melbourne this year.