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Autumn in Milano

Autumn in Milano

The bitter-sweetness of living somewhere as international, multicultural, transient as London, is that the minute you meet someone, you are already counting down the hours until they will be moving on. This happens all the time for antipodeans with our cruel 24 month visas (just enough time to put down roots and bloom for one season) and … Continue reading

Bologna on a whim…

Bologna on a whim…

The definition of magic – having a spare weekend and a spare £35 and ending up with flights to Bologna! With very little effort, funds or planning (beyond printing out the Trip Advisor Top Ten), we had an incredible girls’ trip to this amazing and completely underrated northern Italian city. I’ve heard very little of Bologna … Continue reading

Top five cities for life – to celebrate 100 posts!

Top five cities for life – to celebrate 100 posts!

To celebrate my hundredth post I have decided to do the ubiquitous ‘my bestest ever cities I’ve travelled!’ list. I’ve chosen five cities with that ‘I could definitely live here’ vibe. I could put in all sorts of qualifications of this being ‘so far’ and ‘only my opinion’ and ‘all about the individual experience’ but, … Continue reading

A stroll between the Cinque Terre

A stroll between the Cinque Terre

The final Italy post, full of cats! Armed with our Cinque Terre train cards we left La Spezia for the first of the five villages, a seven minute train journey to Riomaggiore. The town was small and very sleepy at 10am. I couldn’t help thinking how lucky we were to have such an iconic location (almost) … Continue reading

Fat and happy in Florence

Fat and happy in Florence

Although I thought it would be impossible to top the eating experience I had for my birthday in the Tuscan hills (I was hiccoughing truffle oil and chianti all afternoon!), we were in Italy after all and there was a lot more eating to be done. We did a great Florence Free walking tour in which our … Continue reading

Buon compleanno! My birthday in Tuscany

Buon compleanno! My birthday in Tuscany

Recently returned from an absolutely amazing 6 day trip to Florence and Cinque Terra and I have so many things going through my head that I’ve decided this can’t just be one blog post. So first and most importantly, my birthday! I have had some amazing birthdays; my 21st on the beach in New Caledonia, … Continue reading

Mediterranean (self) discovery

Mediterranean (self) discovery

Cannoli eaten:     Stray cats patted:        Suffering from chilblain swollen toes, I decided to spend my third round of French school holidays by heading as far south as humanly possible in Europe: to Sicily and Malta. Malta has always seemed to me the epitome of quirky cultures: a Semitic language written in Latin script; a cuisine … Continue reading