Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

G is for Gorgonzola Isn’t it wonderful to know that there’s a town called Gorgonzola!   I remember getting very excited when spotting the road sign in northern Italy.   I don’t know why I was actually surprised – most cheeses and wines as well as many other foodstuffs are named after their place of origin.  For […]

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Beautiful Bergamo – (there’s more to it than Ryanair!)

Over the past few years,  we have flown into Bergamo several times and find it a great hub for Northern Italy.   We’ve rented cars and headed to the lakes.    We’ve visited  Verona – reaching it via motorway in about 75 minutes.   We’d a great round trip a few years ago taking in Parma,  Bologne,  […]

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Our Hops, Skips and Jumps in 2018

Several hops,  one skip and two jumps – not too bad!  We had some great trips this year and I struck Monet’s garden from my wish list so happy enough with that!   Boston – our first trip of the year – and it was a cold one!! Read all about it: Boston   Morocco – […]

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Why would anyone go to Milan?

  That’s a question I always asked myself – there are so many vacation options in Italy that it would take a lifetime to do justice to them all.   We’ve had the privilege of visiting the country many times over the years – we’ve camped at the lakes and in Tuscany,  queued for the art […]

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Matera – European City of Culture 2019

Never heard of it?  Neither had I – until I was planning a trip to Puglia.   I came across it while looking for an alternative to Bari for our first night’s accommodation.   It didn’t appear too far from the airport (an hour) but didn’t figure much in Puglia listings because its actually in neighbouring Basilicata […]

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Heading to Puglia? Some thoughts before you go!

  Getting There Most visitors arrive into Bari or Brindisi airport.   However,  another option is Naples airport if you get a better deal and intend renting a car – it’s about a 3 hour drive across to Puglia which isn’t bad if you arrive early in the day.   Packing Checked baggage versus hand baggage […]

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Puglia – and Beyond! Highlights from an 11 Night Trip

  This trip was never intended as a touring vacation – we’d hoped to combine a beach holiday with a little bit of sight seeing.   As happens,   weather dictated our itinerary – a mixture of sunny days and overcast wet weather meant we toured around more than originally planned. It’s only when we started driving […]

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