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The Secrets of Cradle Mountain

December 31, 2013

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Standing at the edge of Dove Lake we are being lashed by freezing sleet and an icy wind. It’s nearly the end of September but it feels like winter. Our planned two-hour trek around the lake has diminished to a 10-minute stagger to the boathouse but even that is revised to a quick photo before […]

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Blue Mountains, New South Wales Australia

June 2, 2013

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An hour and a half west from Sydney are the Blue Mountains.  In 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains became listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you stand at one of the many scenic lookouts in the area you can see why. And what makes the Blue Mountains blue? It’s the masses of Eucalyptus […]

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London – 50 free things to do

March 30, 2013

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Published this week in the Guardian newspaper is a list of 50 free things to do in central London. How I would have loved this list when I lived in London 20 years ago. Click here to read the full article.

Posted in: United Kingdom

Travel by book

March 15, 2013

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I love reading. There’s nothing like getting lost in a good book. And how lovely it is to travel by book. Last year when we visited Italy I got a little bit obsessed with being immersed in all things Italian. That included finding books to read that were set in Italy. Happily I found a series […]

Posted in: Culture, Italy

“Two Greedy Italians” Lamb with Peas

February 10, 2013

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One of my favourite gifts this Christmas was the Two Greedy Italians cookbook and DVD. This quirky BBC series follows two British Italian chefs: the so called “Godfather of Italian food” Antonio Carluccio and Jamie Oliver’s mentor Gennaro Contaldo. Both have lived in London for over 40 years. The Two Greedy Italians return to Italy […]

Posted in: Food, Italy