Tag Archives: Italy

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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Meandering along the Mediterranean coast

After our week in Hyères, we headed up the coast to take in the whole of the French Riviera – absolutely beautiful views. Stopped at Cannes for a picnic in a shady spot by the marina… …and wandering along the palm lined main … Continue reading

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We’re back!

What a wonderful time we had in the south of France for the last week… and ended it by going the long way home via Italy! Here’s a few pics from just the first day for now while I sort through the rest … Continue reading

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