Castagnole Monferrato

The last two days have been about journeying back to Paris so we can board the Eurostar, head back to London then fly home from Heathrow. I have the post holiday blues already and it still isn’t officially over! Castagnole Monferrato was chosen simply because it was not far off the route we were taking… Continue reading Castagnole Monferrato

Learn from my mistakes – how to visit overseas museums with kids without them claiming they are about to die.

Our castle in Silvi is in the Province of Teramo in the Abruzzo region in central Italy.  The morning started with a huge sleep in by everyone.   We had no plan for the day and despite me telling Ben to come up with a plan (so that the kids could not hold me responsible… Continue reading Learn from my mistakes – how to visit overseas museums with kids without them claiming they are about to die.

Pomezia to our castle in Silvi – with a 2 hour chocolate hunt in between.

This morning we left Pomezia and while our Airbnb accomodation was nice, we were pleased to be leaving the town - whose run down appearance left a lot to be desired.  We only had a 2 hour and 40 minute drive to our castle in Silvi (near Abruzo) and I wanted to make a teeny,… Continue reading Pomezia to our castle in Silvi – with a 2 hour chocolate hunt in between.

Last day on our Tuscan Farm

Before I start today’s blog I have 2 very important announcements.  Rohan would like me to let you all know that in my previous blog, I used the word “pet” in an incorrect/inappropriate manner (i.e. pet the dog).  He said in Australian language we say “pat” the dog and that “pet” is more American.  Ben… Continue reading Last day on our Tuscan Farm

I don’t want to leave!!!

I love this place so much.  Incredible beauty, fascinating history and affectionate people who treat you like long lost relatives after one meeting.  Even the dog’s are friendly in Italy. I’ve observed, in my limited travels of UK and Europe, that dogs from different countries behave differently towards us.  Dogs in Australia, seem to me to… Continue reading I don’t want to leave!!!

Tuscany Day 3 – Travel tips for parents with large families

Hey!  Not much happened yesterday, much to my delight.  We went for a drive to find an antique shop to satisfy my needs and the only town near us that supposedly had one, Sovana, closed it’s antique shop down some time ago.  Bummer.   Sovana was beautiful though.  It even sold some token souvenirs in… Continue reading Tuscany Day 3 – Travel tips for parents with large families