19 July 2019 | Places
There’s something about being pleasantly surprised by an unexpected encounter, blown away by something you simply did not expect, discovering a place you really did not know about. Now I am a sucker for interesting mosaics – check my Cyprus in the Mediterranean postin...
Bologna & Rimini
5 July 2018 | Places
Emilia-Romagna – turn east from Rome and head north – tops Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe category for 2018. It’s got a lot going for it: Bologna (the main city), Ravenna (Italy’s best mosaics), Modena (fabulous food), Parma (the ham), Ferrara (a Renaissance gem), Rim...
Cortina in the Dolomites
24 August 2016 | Places
◄ Cortina – one of those very swish-looking Italian alpine towns, a place that simply looks expensive!
It was the last stop on my recent France and Italy circuit. Way back in 1971 on the first Europe trip Maureen and I ever made we camped just north of Cortina in D...
21 August 2016 | Places
My recent France and Italy drive continued from Grosseto to Venice. Of course Venice was as beautiful as ever …
▲ Whether you were looking across the lagoon to the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore on the island of San Maggiore at sunset
▲ Or, a little later, direc...
Grosseto & Around – beach, hot springs, churches & gelati
13 August 2016 | Places
After our visit to Aix-en-Provence in France my little European foray continued to flashy Portofino and on down to Grosseto, in the southern corner of Tuscany, heading towards Rome. The city has a fine cathedral, remnants of the city walls and an interesting museum.