Just back from celebrating my birthday in the Langhe region of Piemonte. The area is famous not only for its wonderful wine but also for its cheeses, hazelnuts and truffles – particularly the white truffles of Alba. This is the land of Nutella and Ferrero Rocher – the smell of chocolate drifting from the factory in Alba is just heavenly.
Holiday on the Greek island of Crete, September 2016 Just back from a wonderful week in Crete — not nearly long enough, so we’ll have to return again … and again! We stayed in a delightful villa with swimming pool just outside the village of Xirokampi with stunning sea, mountain and olive grove views. Crete […]
When White Admirals rest, you get the opportunity to see how even the black on the upper-side of their wings is actually an iridescent inky colour but it is the under-sides that are truly striking. In the images below, I have tried to show the progress from revealing only the upper-sides to displaying the full glory of the under-sides.
We spent the second half of our holiday exploring the Tuscan coast between Livorno and Piombino with the little stretch that runs from San Vincenzo to the Piombino promontory being our favourite. Apart from in San Vincenzo itself, there is an atypical wildness and absence of sun-lounger infested beaches that reminded us more of the […]
The base for our week in western central Tuscany was the castle at Querceto. The village itself nestles below the castle and has, for the most part, been turned over to running the castle’s holiday accommodation enterprise. There are houses and apartments to cater for almost any size of party, along with a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and shop […]
With such a congested calendar, our wedding anniversary this year was shoe-horned into a weekend city break rather than our usual full week away, and our chosen city was Padova. It is a destination that has been in our sights for a long time, partly because we have had so many recommendations from our friends and partly because […]
We have a number of local events coming up that will feature Terenzano, the village we live in, and I was asked whether I could provide some photographs to help with the publicity. Needless to say, I was only too delighted and thought it would be a good idea to share them here as well…
When we started planning a holiday adventure to celebrate my 60th birthday we hit on the idea of driving around the Ligurian coast from near where we live in Italy to Barcelona over the course of 60 days. Gradually, the scope of this grand tour went through a number of modifications to make it more practical and, importantly, to fit into the actual time that we had available between our annual, and much looked forward to, visits from family and friends. So, a day for every year or a week for every decade eventually became a simple two week vacation in Provence. Only one problem remained – how to make things fit numerically with what we were celebrating? Fortunately, I find that life has a way of sorting things out organically, which, in this instance, came when we discovered that our visits to a number of excellent Provençal vineyards had resulted in us returning home with precisely 60 bottles of fine French wine!
Montecarlo is a beautiful hilltop village and comune of the same name that sits strategically between the Plain of Lucca and the Valdinievole (Vally of the Clouds) in the province of Lucca. The Hill of Montecarlo was called il Cerruglio when it was captured by the Florentine Guelphs but was renamed Montecarlo in honour of […]