Slovenia

The beautiful colour of the water. If I had to pick one thing that stood out in Slovenia, above all others, it would have to be the colour of the water. I’m not sure how you would describe it, possibly aquamarine, certainly more green than blue – regardless it is stunning. To begin… Leaving Pula,…

Pula – Croatia

Situated on the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is a three hour bus trip from Trieste, Italy.  Buses run regularly and cost about 14 euros. With a population of less than 63000, the mild climate, and calm seas make this a popular destination for summer vacations. The origins of Pula are ancient, with…

Venice

Having been to Venice 30 years ago I wondered whether it would have the same impact as it did back then. It did! Just the fact that it is so different, the water, the canals, sets it aside. There is also a lot of talk about how Venice is dirty and smells. Also not true,…

Trieste

Trieste sits just inside the Italian border, with Slovenia just 20 minutes away

Maranello

Wikipedia describes it thus – A town in the region of Emilia-Romagna in the Provence of Modena, Northern Italy…blah, blah, blah, the home of Ferrari and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team! Thats the only thing I┬ácared about – the only reason we visited – full stop no more to say! We arrived on…

La Spezia and the Cinque Terre

Hitting the road, we drove from Siena to La Spezia, on the way getting a fleeting glimpse of the Leaning Tower of Pisa as we zoomed by.  We eventually managed to get off the highway and followed the Tuscany coastline right into the heart of La Spezia. Whilst this was lovely and quiet in March,…

Siena and Florence

Where to start! We arrrived in Siena and found our accommodation – Borgo Grondaie – just on the outskirts near the train station, and just down the road from the biggest COOP (supermarket) we’d ever seen. After stocking up on supplies, we rested up just grateful we had made it to our destination in one…

Perugia to Siena

After spending the last three days in Rome it was time to pick up our hire car and tackle the Italian traffic head on. We thought it best not to tempt fate by driving in Rome so we organised to pick up the car in Perugia, which was a train journey of a little less…

Rome – The Eternal City.

After travelling for a what seemed like 100,000 hours we finally landed in Rome (via Singapore and Zurich) quite early in the morning. We opted for a private transfer to our apartment, although you can take a train from Fiumicino Airport to Termini Station. As our apartment wasn’t ready for us to occupy, we dropped our…