A Slice of Paradise on Earth: Cinque Terre, The Five Villages, Italy

The train to Cinque Terre Termini Station is like every other train station in the world, hustling, bustling, filled with the shriek of steel-on-steel and the whistle of trains pulling in and out. We’ve just made it, Italian regional trains being the usual (un)dependable sort they are. I run ahead, holding on to my hat…

Day trip to Florence & Tivoli, Italy

Florence: First Impressions The alarm rings early in the morning, we have a day trip to Florence planned. The train cuts through the colours of Tuscany; burnt umber and rich ochre and deep reds and verdant greens – the neverending blue sky. The city itself is a maze of small streets, filled with Medici palazzi…

Top 5 Off the Beaten Track Sights in Rome

When in Rome, the Colosseum, the Forum and St Peter’s are the most popular sights on a tour. However, there are other, less busy but no less interesting attractions that every intrepid traveller should make an effort to visit. After I fell in love on my first 3 day visit to Rome, I returned once…

Top 5 Gardens in the World: Places of Paradise

A fresh breath of air in any environment, gardens are an essential part of the local landscape. Whether left to run riot and wild, or landscaped to perfection, gardens around the world serve the same function – to return us, if only for a moment, to a place of paradise. Here are my top five…

Top 5 Most Romantic Cities in the World

Cosy little villages, mountainsides sprinkled with snow, isolated beaches with powdery white sand, and exotic deserts reflecting the heat and colour of the sun – all well and good for couples looking for Mother Nature, seclusion, and privacy, but what of those of us who like our romantic getaways to be a little more vibrant…

A few of my favourite things: Rome

Rome, with her ancient ruins and architecture, cobblestones and sunlit piazzas, drinking fountains on street corners and gelato shops on every block, is one of my favourite cities in the world. My first solo travel trip was also my inaugural trip to the Eternal City. It was autumn, the skies were clear and the day…

3 days in Rome, Italy

The Eternal City has been a magnet for tourists since the 17th century, and nothing much has changed since then. The crowds still flock to the centre of the Roman empire, eating gelato, paying their respect at St Peter’s Basilica and marvelling at the Colosseum. There’s so much to see, it’s best to have a…