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Malta calling

In 2013 we returned to explore more of Malta than just the amazing harbour we had seen on our Mediterranean cruise, taking the opportunity to spend a few days in Rome on the way. Rome, Italy I love sitting down … Continue reading

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Never a bridge too far

Over the years I have developed a growing fascination with bridges. Spanning waterways or valleys, large or small, they are amazing engineering feats, and stand as a testament to our collective ingenuity. When their location or construction is intrinsically beautiful … Continue reading

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Stepping into Spain to cruise the Mediterranean

Our first ever foray into Spain was in 2012 to spend a week at a beach-side resort in Peniscola… Peniscola, Spain Original post: https://aussiesinfrance.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/au-revoir-france-hola-spain/ Morella, Spain Original post: https://aussiesinfrance.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/whos-the-king-of-the-castle/ before a brief exploration of Barcelona… Barcelona, Spain Original post: https://aussiesinfrance.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/weird-and-wonderful-barcelona/Continue reading

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There’s no place like home

Even though we only live part-time in France it is, for us, “home”. What I like to say is that we work in Australia but we live in France. After all, when you are working full-time there is precious little … Continue reading

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Four hours in Florence

I always say that taking the chance to have a look around when at different ports on a cruise is like going to a buffet and being able to taste a variety of dishes. You get to have a “taste” of various … Continue reading

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People posing in Pisa

When our cruise ship docked at Livorno, Italy, we chose to visit Pisa and Florence for the day, paying for an “on your own tour”. That is, you pay for transport only and are escorted to a meeting place to … Continue reading

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Getting to know Genoa before fond farewells

Our final port on our 7 day Mediterranean cruise was the northern Italian city of Genoa. What a pleasure it was to take it easy, with no rushing around to join any sort of tour. We happily set off on … Continue reading

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So close and yet so far

I have just found this link to a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel: http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html Isn’t technology wonderful? Now if only our own visit to the Sistine Chapel in Rome had been so easy (and so private). But nothing compares to seeing … Continue reading

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We’ve seen Messina

The downside of organised tours in general is that there’s no guarantee that you will actually get what you (believe) you’ve paid for, and I’ve found that tour guides get on their soapbox a little too much for my liking. … Continue reading

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The long way home

The last day of our trip down south was very, very long, driving around 900km, but we saw some amazing sights. We took a last look around San Remo and just loved the port area. If we hadn’t been leaving we … Continue reading

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