Destination Paris – and beyond…

With Christmas well and truly over, we recently had the luxury of spending a few days at home with our Kiwi travelling companions, Roger and Frances. On their previous visit from LA in August, we sat down over a good old Kiwi-style lunch ( Annabel Langbein’s bacon and egg pie and Jo Seagar’s lemonade scones), and set about trying to create our itinerary – four weeks on the road in … Continue reading Destination Paris – and beyond…

The allure of Venice – in the words of another …

If you have been following my blog, you will be aware of the impact that the city of Venice had on me during our first visit there last year – ever since, I have struggled to describe the indelible impression it made on me. I have been able to produce only single adjectives – breathtaking, beautiful, colourful, stunning but nothing that truly describes it. By … Continue reading The allure of Venice – in the words of another …

Re-thinking cycling in France…

For the next few months, I am a full-time Nanny for my youngest grandson and it certainly is a more physical use of my time compared with my usual full-time job as a librarian in an academic library, where I sit in front of a screen for most of the day! I am loving my new temporary role, but am finding it hard to put aside time to create … Continue reading Re-thinking cycling in France…

An armchair tour of France with Steve Smith …

Courtesy of an enforced break due to a stomach flu, I have been able to catch up on some travel research for our forthcoming 2014 trip to France. Readers will know that I am a great fan of the Rick Steves guide books, the books on France being co-authored by Steve Smith. I subscribe to the Rick Steves channel on You Tube and it is … Continue reading An armchair tour of France with Steve Smith …

The pièce de résistance – the Pont du Gard

In my view nothing can prepare you for the first time you see this magnificent structure – it truly is breathtaking! Elodie picked us up in Nimes at the appointed spot and dropped us in the carpark for the trail leading to the Pont du Gard. It was a balmy afternoon and there were a lot of people making their way to the World Heritage … Continue reading The pièce de résistance – the Pont du Gard

Longing for France ….

Today is Waitangi Day, a public holiday in New Zealand, to celebrate our history, and the signing of our founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi. It is the most magnifient of summer days – blue skies,with a light and balmy breeze to take the sting out of the hot sun. Idyllic really, so why then am I sitting on our deck, in the beautiful leafy … Continue reading Longing for France ….

Venice and tourism

My previous post on Venice mentioned issues facing the city – tourism, environment and the economy. If you read my blog you will know that I fell in love with Venice in June, and because it had such an impact on me, I have continued to ponder how that beautiful city deals with the daily huge influx of tourists – people like me! If you have similar concerns, … Continue reading Venice and tourism

Masterchef Australia takes me back to Italy…..

I have just spent the last few hours viewing some of last week’s episodes from Masterchef Australia, where the lucky top ten contestants have been in Italy…. nice for some!  It is brilliant to be able to watch the programme in my own time, on this blustery, showery, yet sometimes sunny Sunday afternoon. And what  treat it has been! – I have to been to Rome and Florence again, and seen the … Continue reading Masterchef Australia takes me back to Italy…..

According to Rick Steves….

Well here it is travellers, Rick Steves’ provocative post – The Best and Worst of Europe … obviously very subjective, and targeted at Americans who apparently have “the shortest vacations in the industrial world”  but worth reading. I love that he has Vernazza as one of his top places, it would one of mine too …. what do you think?   Related articles Rick Steves: How … Continue reading According to Rick Steves….