Three days in Piemonte

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in Holidays, Italy, Leisure, Piemonte, Wine
Three days in Piemonte

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.

The beautiful island of Crete

The beautiful island of Crete

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 […]

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 5. Nothing is Black & White

Butterflies of a Lunigiana Olive Grove – 5. Nothing is Black & White

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.

A week near Volterra – Baratti and the seaside

A week near Volterra – Baratti and the seaside

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 […]

A week near Volterra – the cultural side

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Holidays, Italy, Leisure, News and Views, Toscana
A week near Volterra – the cultural side

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 […]

Mangialonga comes to Terenzano

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Lunigiana
Mangialonga comes to Terenzano

It may often seem that our village is devoid of any people, as in the photos below, however, that would be a far cry from how busy it can really get, especially when there are festivities to be celebrated.

An anniversary weekend in Padova

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Lunigiana
An anniversary weekend in Padova

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 […]

Our village – Terenzano

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Italy, Lunigiana, News and Views
Our village – Terenzano

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…

Two weeks in Provence

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in France, Provence
Two weeks in Provence

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

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Italy, Leisure, News and Views, Toscana
Montecarlo

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 […]