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!!!
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
My first morning waking up under the Tuscan sun did not mirror the fantasy I have held since watching “Stealing Beauty” 22 years ago. Rather than waking up of my own accord and stretching out lazily in my bed whilst gazing calmly at my serene surroundings and stunning view, I was impolitely woken by an… Continue reading Tuscany Day 2
When I last left you we had just fallen into our cosy Italian beds after a massive day of driving through the Swiss Alps. The town we stayed in, Rossena, was chosen at random. It is part of a little known province called Reggio Emilia. The villa we were staying in was built… Continue reading First Day in Italy
We left Colmar, France relatively early on Monday morning to make our way to our Swiss accomodation up in the Alps. As we were so close to Germany, I suggested to Ben that we pop across the border to have lunch, just so we could say we’ve been there, done that. We drove across to… Continue reading Three Countries in One Day
Colmar wasn’t a town randomly selected by Ben and myself but was chosen as a place to visit on recommendation from our French friends, Constance and Baptise. Constance had described it as looking like the little village in the beginning scene of Beauty and the Beast, which delighted all my Disney-loving offspring. During the… Continue reading Exploring Country France Day 2 – Colmar – Worlds most BEAUTIFUL town
We left Paris on Saturday morning loaded up with all our suitcases PLUS a whole heap of groceries. Ben and I had decided to take snacks, lunches etc with us on our drive from Paris to Bragny so we wouldn’t have to spend so much money buying lunches (which quite often end up being junk… Continue reading Exploring Country France Day 1 – Bragny-sur-Saône
Welcome to my first clickbait title (suggested by Rohan). Yes, people have been farting on the small and stuffy trains. Mostly my lot who have been overdosing on all the fresh grapes, cherries, berries and summer fruits that Australia is currently lacking and Europe has an abundance of. Nothing happened next besides waving of hands… Continue reading Paris Day 4 & 5 – someone farted on the train and you’ll never believe what happened next…
Well, well, well. Our day has had so many ups and downs it's hard to know where to begin. Paris was the city that the children were looking forward to visiting the most and I wanted them to have the best experience possible. Typically, things did not go to plan. We only had fruit in… Continue reading Paris – day 2
I'm so super tired and need to go to sleep (it's midnight here). But I just want to jot down about our first couple of hours in Paris before I forget. We arrived in Paris at about 8:00pm local time. Isabelle was tired after being woken up on the train and everyone else was abhorrently… Continue reading How to embarrass yourself in Paris – part 1.