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Rooms at the top: our stay in the Umbrian towns of Orvieto and Todi (part 2)

Now to our three days in and around Todi. Todi’s population is more than 16,000, a tick over 80% of Orvieto’s. However, it looks and feels very different to Orvieto, although not in any ways that mattered to Maggie and … Continue reading

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Rooms at the top: our stay in the Umbrian towns of Orvieto and Todi (part 1)

  In these two posts, I will tell you what we saw and did in and around the Umbrian hilltop towns of Orvieto and Todi late in September 2019. We spent three nights in each of the towns and enjoyed … Continue reading

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It’s hot and steamy, smells like hell, could cost you an arm or a leg … and they call it Wonderland!?

Maggie and I feel very fortunate, especially about our international travels through the years from 2008 to 2019. In October last year, we flew home from Rome at the end of our eighth visit to Europe, content in the belief … Continue reading

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Easing out of isolation!

The last time I published a post was early in March, when the world was about to be turned upside-down by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic hasn’t actually made a dramatic difference to my daily life, partly because Maggie had … Continue reading

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The sounds of New Zealand …

… are quietly awesome! Maggie and I recently visited New Zealand. We flew to Auckland and spent two days exploring some of the scenic areas near to that city, before boarding the Cunard Line ship, the Queen Elizabeth, for a … Continue reading

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Accessible wild places in Tasmania

In March 2018, just on a year after my father’s life reached its end, Maggie and I spent eight days travelling around Tasmania and visiting some of its famous wilderness spots. I mention Dad because he grew up in Tasmania … Continue reading

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Pasta class in Umbria

From mid-September to mid-October, Maggie and I travelled around parts of southern Europe. We began with a couple of nights in the lovely city of Avignon, followed by a river cruise along the Rhone River from its delta – known … Continue reading

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Review of our journey through the middle of Australia

Are you an Australian who is yet to explore the Northern Territory or travel on the Ghan train? Are you from overseas, with Australia on your ‘bucket list’, but you’re not sure where to go first? If so, this review … Continue reading

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Top time in the Top End: Litchfield day tour

As we dragged ourselves out of bed for yet another depart-at-dawn journey, I was grumbling – half to pity myself, half to blame my wife – about having to go out on a third  boat cruise to gaze at an … Continue reading

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Top time in the Top End: Kakadu National Park

The final days of our journey through the centre of Australia were spent in two more of the Northern Territory’s wonderful national parks. The first of these was Kakadu National Park, which we visited on a two-day coach tour. Kakadu … Continue reading

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