Welcome to a New Year. First stop: Sydney.

January 28, 2013


Christmas and New Year in Australia. It’s hot, it’s summer. The kids are on their long holiday for the year. The days melt together as we mooch from the pool to the beach. We always try to have a long weekend in Sydney after Christmas and New Year to catch up with friends & family. […]

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When in Rome…

November 7, 2012


What we needed was at least another week in Rome. There was so much to discover. Rome has such a lovely rhythm. It bustles but it’s not too chaotic. It seems the Roman way is to make time to enjoy the small moments. Going about their business people in Rome stop to chat, have a […]

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An apartment in Rome

October 25, 2012


As I previously posted here finding accommodation in Rome can be a bit overwhelming as there are thousands of hotels and quite frankly… where do you start? First we decided on the location. We wanted to be in the Centro Storico (historic centre) so we could easily walk to all the main sights plus enjoy the atmosphere […]

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Visiting friends in Mallorca, Spain

October 16, 2012


As great as it is visiting new countries and places nothing is quite as wonderful as going to a place specifically to visit friends. Many of my oldest and closest friends are spread all over the world. They live elsewhere in Australia – Melbourne, Sydney – they live in London, France and Spain. And as […]

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Hill towns of Tuscany

October 8, 2012


SAN GIMIGNANO Hundreds of years ago the people of San Gimignano could surely never have imagined that rather than being struck down by the plague or murdered or tortured by invading forces that these days they would instead be in danger of being run down by a stampede of tour groups. Our first visit to […]

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Il Borghetto, Tuscany Italy

October 4, 2012


In Tuscany we stayed at agriturismo Il Borghetto near San Gimignano in the Siena region. Agriturismo literally mean agricultural tourism, a farm stay or a country resort. Il Borghetto is set high on a beautiful Tuscan hillside, surrounded by vineyards and the main building in the complex is this stunning villa. The villa is divided […]

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In fair Verona, Italy

September 28, 2012


What a wonderful surprise Verona turned out to be. We knew it as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. And had read it was a beautiful historic city but we didn’t realise just how special a place it is. Our arrival was a little fraught as we had just picked up our hire car in […]

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