Florence – the Cradle of the Renaissance

One of my favourite cities in Italy has to be Firenze, or Florence.  The first time I visited Florence was in 2010.  I had just come from Roma, and did not find the city to be very welcoming.  In fact, I had stopped a fashionable woman on my first day, to ask directions.  I am […]

By |November 25th, 2012|Travel|0 Comments

The Magic of Venice

I have heard some people describe Venice as being a melancholy place, a smelly place, an unfriendly place.  To me, Venice is simply… magic.

I have never been to any place that feels quite like Venice.  It is one of those places that you don’t quite realize how much it has gotten under your skin until […]

By |September 30th, 2012|Travel|4 Comments

The most valuable tip for travel: Learn the Language!

Ok, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that you have to get a university degree in languages before you travel.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  But I think the most important thing you can do for yourself if you are travelling is to learn some of the language.  I consider that to […]

By |September 16th, 2012|Travel|0 Comments

Travelling solo … does it scare you (part 2)

We are creatures of habit, and we like our safe little world where everything is familiar.  We know what we’re doing, where we’re going.  Chances are, you’ll see someone you know at the coffee shop or grocery store, because you’ve been going there for years.  Stepping outside of our safe little box can make us […]

By |September 9th, 2012|Travel|2 Comments

Travelling solo … does it scare you?

The first movie I ever saw by myself was Chocolat with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche.  I’ll admit it, I was very nervous.  Who goes to the movie by themselves?  People with no friends?  Losers?  Social misfits?  I didn’t want anyone thinking those things about me!!  But I had been inspired.  Inspired to be more independent, more […]

By |September 3rd, 2012|Travel|2 Comments

Sorrento, Italy … a feast for the senses

On my trip to Europe this year, I spent a little time in Sorrento, in the southern part of Italy (having travelled in the north in 2010).  My friend Alison and I decided to do a tour, so signed up for the Rome to Amalfi tour through Intrepid Travel, an Australian based tour company.  After […]

By |August 14th, 2012|Travel|2 Comments

Paris… a whole different world

I didn’t know what to expect when I travelled to Paris.  Many people had raved about it.  A few had “poo-pooed” it as not being all it was cracked up to be.  What would I think?

My first thought in Paris, as I walked my neighbourhood jet-lagged and dirty, was “this place is so alive!”  I […]

By |August 6th, 2012|Travel|0 Comments

My young Parisian fellow … date 2

My second date with my Parisian fellow happened on a Saturday.  He had called me the Friday evening, to sweetly ask me to see him again.  I suggested Saturday, and he countered with Saturday afternoon.  Fair enough, as I imagined he already had plans.  It was a date.

We met again at our spot, on the […]

By |July 27th, 2012|Travel|3 Comments

Paris…. oh the food!

It’s hard to describe the allure and magic of Paris until you’ve been there.  I know so many people who have gone and told me rapturously about how they loved the city.  I would listen and wonder to myself, “what would I think of Paris?”  I went having no real expectations.  I was more hyped […]

By |July 25th, 2012|Travel|0 Comments

My 1st day in Paris

My first full day in Paris dawned clear and sunny.  I looked out into the inner courtyard and up to get a view of the sky – brilliant blue and not a cloud visible.  Despite my lack of luggage, my spirits lifted.  I hopped into the tiny shower, did my hair the best I could […]

By |July 18th, 2012|Travel|0 Comments