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Located in Lombardy, in the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo wasn’t quite what I expected. It was the final day of our tour round the Italian lakes and the next day we were flying back to Cyprus, so Bergamo was our last stop. This is a town of two distinct halves. The lower, modern era […]

Ever eaten spaghetti bolognese out of a tin? Ever eaten spaghetti bolognese from a fast food chain? Ever made and eaten spaghetti bolognese yourself? You are forgiven for wondering what I’m getting at, but bear with me for a minute. I’ve eaten spaghetti bolognese from a tin, at fast food outlets and I’ve made it […]

The most spectacular part of my entire trip to Lake Como was a ride on The Bernina Express. But let’s be clear from the start, this is no express train, rather the opposite. Crossing the Alps on the Bernina Express is a very touristy thing and the train driver knows this, so is moving fairly […]

Our recent trip abroad entailed two distinctly different styles to achieve the same result, sightseeing. London was the first destination which we organised ourselves and the second destination was Lake Como, in Italy, which was organised through Riviera Travel in the UK. In London we did a sightseeing river cruise down the Thames, visited the […]

I’ve flown to may countries around the world with many airlines, some great others dire. But I’ve never experienced such a mixed bag of surly ground staff, great cabin and flight crew, ancient aircraft, cramped seating with no leg room, seat changes from those booked months earlier with no explanation and indifferent time-keeping. Mussolini, the […]

Hotel life isn’t for everyone, but I’m seriously considering retiring to the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia. The hotel of choice for my stay in Lake Como, Italy, was this hotel and it turned out to be an excellent choice. Which is what you would expect for a hotel that has all the hallmarks of excellence and […]

Travelling to spectacular locations is one thing, but trying to write posts for your blog while travelling is something else. In January of this year I visited Perth in Western Australia. Despite staying in a great apartment in Perth and a lovely lodge in Bussleton, a few hours drive south of Perth, writing was hard. […]