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Visit These Places To Rekindle Your Love In Melbourne
14 May 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

It’s true that love doesn’t cost a dime, but keeping love alive requires an investment of time and money, and what's better than to spend it on a romantic getaway? But before you plan on anything, take some time to find out the best destination for your romantic getaway. If you are an adrenaline seeker couple, New Zealand might be the first on your dream destination list! If you are laidback and chill, Europe might be perfect for the two of you. But, if you and your spouse are somewhere in between those extremes, Melbourne would be the right choice!

First stop should be the Yarra River! Located in the heart of Melbourne, Yarra River should be your number one destination to visit. Take a train and stop at Flinders Station, Yarra River should be visible after a few steps from the station. Although size is not its selling point, the river offers a beautiful vantage point from the bridge nearby Flinders. Walking alongside the river after a relaxing brunch should be an excellent idea to catch some fresh air in such an easygoing nature.

If walking gets tiring, hop onto a cruise and explore the Yarra River waterways. From Venice style cruises to water taxis, Yarra River offers many choices of boats that should match your style. A romantic package would cost 230.00 per gondola Champagne cruise, which also includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and a red rose! With velvet seats and comfy cushions, a cozy romantic ambience is created with soft music under the gentle day or night-light.

If the river is not vast enough, the ocean will do! Take your loved one to the Melbourne Marina for an interesting trip to the dock, where the yacht are parked and the seagulls rest during the day. Located nearby St. Kilda beach, Melbourne Marina should not be hard to spot. Don't forget to take photos with the parked boats to bring some good memories home.

You can also choose to stop being such a tourist and think more like a local! How would a Melbournian spend their romantic getaway in Australia? The answer lies in Canola Fields, a few hours of drive away from the city. With the start of Spring, comes the blooming of Canola fields across Victoria. From your left and right, there will be nothing but vast yellow colored field. It is just an endless sea of yellow where breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Don’t go too far off Melbourne because there are more romantic places to discover within the city! What about a little picnic at the Swan Picnic Area? Enjoy the soothing breeze of the wind and the enchanting view of Albert Park Lake while eating a few cupcakes with your partner.

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These places made it to our list of romantic places in Melbourne. Although most of the time you will be lost in your partner’s eyes, still, these places would make your holiday photos even more mesmerizing.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!