Venice by Vaporetto: We meet the man who floats your boat

If you’ve been to Venice, or seen pictures of it, you’ll know it’s a city of little islands in a lagoon within the Adriatic Sea. Most people get around by boat, along a network of waterways leading off from the magnificent Grand Canal. While many are privately owned, sharing their routes with freight-carrying craft, the … More Venice by Vaporetto: We meet the man who floats your boat

Five reasons why Venice is my favourite city

Jane and I have just got back from a five night break, split between Verona, which was new to both of us, and Venice, which I have long contended is my favourite city in the world. Jane hadn’t been there before and I was a bit concerned that my overwhelming enthusiasm for the place was … More Five reasons why Venice is my favourite city

Corte Realdi Suites Venezia, Venice, Italy

Introduction: Time of year: March, 2017 Purpose of trip: We visited Venice as the second half of a two-city Italian spring break. Why we chose this place: We had stayed at the luxurious and historic Corte Realdi development in Verona and were given the opportunity to try out one of their self-catering apartments in Venice. How long … More Corte Realdi Suites Venezia, Venice, Italy

Review: Corte Realdi, Verona, Italy

Introduction: Time of year: March, 2017 Purpose of trip: We love Italy, had both wanted to visit Verona, and so decided to create a two-centre Italian city break for a few days. Why we chose this place: Corte Realdi is ideally located to stroll around the city centre and explore its pretty backstreets and squares. … More Review: Corte Realdi, Verona, Italy

What is romance?

Don’t worry. This is still a travel post. It’s just that you find us in Verona. And it’s been mentioned more than once that this is a romantic city. So it got me thinking about what makes a place romantic and, more broadly, what is this romance thing anyway? I freely admit to being a contrary … More What is romance?

Rome alone…and a scare in the air.

Preparing for life as an empty nester can be a mix of sadness and excitement.You’ve nurtured and raised your fledglings. You’ve warned them they’ll have to flap those wings like crazy to stay airborne. And then—before you embark on the travels you’ve been planning for so long– you watch them fly. In my case, it … More Rome alone…and a scare in the air.