Tag Archives : Italy

It’s all about the tour leader


Touring can be tough and tiring. There are a hotch potch of personalities and group dynamics to navigate; hotels that differ in size, facilities and comfort; historic sites that are (mostly) crowded and noisy. All this is made a whole lot easier to deal with when you have an excellent tour leader. I have been mostly lucky with tour leaders.…

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A religious experience in Assisi


I am a very lapsed Catholic. I only go to church (if I have to) for weddings, funerals and baptism. I don’t pray to God in the traditional sense. I certainly don’t partake in any Catholic rituals like Communion or Confession. I hate the propaganda and dogma of the Catholic Church. Not to mention the corruption and abuse of power…

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What can I say about Venice…


…that has not already been said before? It is a truly beautiful city. The canals, the architecture, the history, and its people filled me with awe. I visited San Marco Basilica and saw the wonderful mosaics that decorate the church; the Palace and its golden staircase and gorgeous artwork; the Bridge of Sighs (so-called because it was built next to…

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My Italian road trip


I have been on the road for nearly a week, and I have to say that even with all the living out of a suitcase thing, I much prefer this sort of travel to cruising. I have breakfast, lunch and dinner companions. I have a dedicated tour director, Guiseppe who, quite frankly, is amazing. Impeccably dressed, he is super organised…

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Roaming around Rome


It’s lovely being back on land. The freedom to just wander round a strange city, exploring, can and should not be taken for granted. This morning, I had brekkie in the restaurant with some of my tour people, who I met yesterday when I checked in. There is a retired Australian couple who are doing their first overseas trip, and…

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Two funny stories from Rome


A funny thing happened to me while I was wandering around Rome… I look like a tourist. I wear comfortable shoes, shorts and have a camera permanently wrapped around my neck. I was getting my bearings on my first day by wandering around taking photos. I’d ventured out past the Piazza del Popolo into a more residential area, when a…

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Buongiorno Roma!


Well, I’ve arrived safe and sound, with ALL my luggage, thank the Lord! The flight was uneventful, but (after China trip) that’s a good thing. We left Adelaide on time and there was room to breathe at the Singapore end with the connecting flight to Rome. No customs or immigration dramas in any of the three countries I’ve gone from…

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Takeoff in T minus three weeks


In less than three weeks, I’ll be leaving this sunburnt country of ours and flying out to Europe. I’ll be cruising the Mediterranean for three weeks, followed by a two week tour of Italy. Jealous much? This is my third overseas trip in as many years, and I must admit I am starting to feel quite the seasoned traveller. Airports,…

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Cruising the Mediterranean in September…


I am hardly back from the last trip before I start thinking about next. One of the key experiences and highlights of my China trip was a cruise down the Yangtze. It was so relaxing, I didn’t want it to end. On that same trip, a lovely young(ish) married couple who had lived in Europe waxed lyrical about a Mediterranean…

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