Treasure your hometown too…

I have been waxing lyrical of late about France and Italy – both places have an indescribable appeal to me and I hanker for more. But as I wandered through beautiful Albert Park in my lunchtime today, it occurred to me that really, there is no place like home. I am in the enviable position of being able to sit and look out on Albert … Continue reading Treasure your hometown too…

Travel tips I wish I had known….

It is a bit annoying to return from a fabulous trip and then discover “tips” that would have made it even more fab!  I follow a couple of good travel blogs – one being Rick Steves of course, and the other is Eurocheapo. So here is a little aggregation of tips from Eurocheapo which may be of interest if you are going to Venice, Pisa or Paris.  Their … Continue reading Travel tips I wish I had known….

Little and Friday – scrumptious treats…

and now can make them yourself . I have just made this gorgeous vegetable frittata from Treats from Little and Friday…. fabulous cookbook! Chock full of brilliant treats, both sweet and savoury. I collect New Zealand recipe books and fell in love with this one when we bought a copy to hold in Special Collections at The University of Auckland Library. After flicking through it I knew … Continue reading Little and Friday – scrumptious treats…

My personal library expands …..

In my previous post I commented that I would not be culling my personal library any time soon. French Essence, one of my favourite blogs, has given me reason to add yet another title to my collection. How I missed this one I do not know.  I was immediately drawn to the stunning cover, recognising it as Manarola, on the Ligurian Coast,  which I had visited … Continue reading My personal library expands …..

Thank you Rick Steves …

I have just been reading Rick’s update on the Monterosso Midnight Fair via his Facebook page here – how brilliant it to be able to go back to Italy with Rick, having now been there myself. Rick came to the rescue on several occasions during our Italian sojourn, and the information in Italy was very helpful in the planning stage of our trip. Recently, I was talking … Continue reading Thank you Rick Steves …

Valerie’s story …..

If you are interested in following up on our gold medal Olympian Valerie Adams, there are some good indepth articles in the New Zealand Herald. As a firm believer that Valerie was not her usual self on the day of competition, I found this one by Andrew Alderson and Paul Lewis particularly interesting: There was definitely something very different about her demeanour on the day- that pumped-up, … Continue reading Valerie’s story …..

Pinterest, my new addiction …

Is anyone else hooked on this fantastic social networking tool? – it took five minutes  playing to capture my attention! As a librarian, I love the fact that I can neatly order my interests, that I can “catalogue” them simply, and that I can add meaningful metadata to my pins. Not only that, I have beautiful photographs to make the interface very appealing …. need … Continue reading Pinterest, my new addiction …

Spellbound by Venice …

I am not a newbie to travelling, but I am certainly new to the effect that this beautiful city has had on me…. I found it utterly spellbinding.  I can remember feeling my jaw drop in amazement as we swept up into the Grand Canal in a sleek and highly polished water taxi on our way to Ca’ Angeli, where we stayed. Right from that moment, Venice had me under her spell … Continue reading Spellbound by Venice …

Sweet Sénéquier in St Tropez

After reading Vicki’ Archer’s mouth-watering post via her French Essence blog on the nougat from La Pâtisserie Sénéquier in Saint Tropez,  I suddenly thought I was sure I had been to Sénéquier, when we were in St Tropez in June – and sure enough I had. What a missed opportunity! We had a very expensive but oh so worthwhile breakfast there, while we watched the more … Continue reading Sweet Sénéquier in St Tropez