Two World Wars & Lots of Bubbly

I fear there are going to be fewer posts this year as a blog of any type is a beast that must be fed regularly and let’s face it, how many pictures of cake, castles, churches & cathedrals can anyone take. So with this in mind please join Ralph (the trans-gender GPS), Norman (the self-trimming motorhome), Deb (the automatic missed turn & speeding alarm) & myself (the wind generator) for our trek through central Europe. … Continue readingTwo World Wars & Lots of Bubbly

La Bella Vita (the good life)

We scrambled down from the Alps and arrived in Venice just in time for lunch. So nice to see friendly faces on the far side of the world.

The 4 of us had a wonderful sunny afternoon taking in the sights of Piazza San Marco and around the Rialto bridge but late in the afternoon the heavens opened up and we got drenched. Fortunately, the storm didn’t last long and when we emerged for dinner Venice was cooler but cleaner. … Continue readingLa Bella Vita (the good life)

Fantasia Etrusca

We spent an afternoon walking around Pisa taking in the sights but apart from the main piazza there is little else to attract.

Florence on the other hand took a 3 day visit and even though the temps were in the 30s we enjoyed the many piazzas, galleries & museums. … Continue readingFantasia Etrusca

Dolce far niente

Rather than translate the post title, I’ll just let you know that in Australia we have the same phrase, ‘doing SFA’, though it does sound a little more sophisticated in Italian. Just like ‘happy hour’ is referred to as ‘Aperitivo’ it all means “sitting around doing nothing” which is the favourite summer pastime of both countries, and as if we needed any encouragement, Deb has acquired a taste for Prosecco and for me, Campari. … Continue readingDolce far niente

Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto (Eat well, laugh often, love much)

When we last spoke Deb & I were relaxing on the beach for a few days. We eventually got motivated to move 70km up the road to Vieste, a great seaside town with many beach resorts that catered for us motorhomers. We set up camp across the road from the first white sandy beach we have seen here and only a 400m walk to town. … Continue readingMangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto (Eat well, laugh often, love much)