Paris

I’m not sure what I can say about Paris that hasn’t been said before. I wouldn’t describe it as the highlight of our trip, nor the prettiest, cleanest or anymore architecturally magnificent city compared to any other old city in Europe, the people weren’t any more or less friendly, the food wasn’t any fresher or…

Split & Trogir

Split So much to see, so little time. Although I had visited Split before, it was many moons ago and I had stayed in the suburbs with friends.  It was therefore a pleasant surprise to visit Split and enjoy the sights it had to offer, both old and new. One of the main attractions is…

Plitvice and KRKA National Parks

Waterfalls and more waterfalls! Plitvice Lakes National Park is a 295sq km reserve in central Croatia.  The National Park is home to sixteen lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls.  It is as if the waterfalls are neverending, everywhere you look there is water coming out of the ground. As it was early in the season, some…

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 cared 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,…