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Firenze

The Food of Firenze

I first visited Firenze (Florence) in 2010. A short stop jammed between a trip to Rome and Venice,  I don’t remember too much. It was certainly hot, and it was busy. In fact, one of the few things I recall about the trip is eating a delicious sandwich somewhere near the Palazzo Vecchio. The food of […]

Hanse

Guest Post: Boat Review, 2017 Hanse 505

This guest post is brought to you by 45 Degrees Sailing, a sailing business based in Split, Croatia and run by two New Zealanders, Nick and Mahina Hathaway. Visit their website at http://www.45degreessailing.com for more information, video logs or to book a trip! A while back, Nick published a video review of the Hanse 505 […]

Cheap tickets

How to Find the Cheapest Flight Tickets

You’ve spent months researching your holiday destination, and you’ve finally nailed down your choices. With so many options available to find travel deals online, how can you possibly know you’ve gotten the best deal? The fact is – you could spend hours searching online, chasing your tail, and never actually saving any money. Worse still, […]

bologna

Le Due Torri of Bologna

When you’re visiting Bologna, one of the first landmarks you will notice are the towers. They’re pretty hard to miss. The two most obvious stand close to each other, and are named Le Due Torri of Bologna. We decided, like many other tourists, that we would give the publicly accessible, taller of the two, a […]

Lamour

L’amour en cage

Looking for a slice of la vie française in Raumati? You can’t get much better than L’amour en cage. I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but when I decided to come back to New Zealand to work for six months, one of the first things I thought about was cake. Yes, cake. To be […]

sao

Exploring São Miguel Island

Frankly, I’ll be a little surprised if you have even heard of São Miguel Island. I’d be even more surprised if you were thinking of exploring São Miguel island yourself. Admit it. You don’t know where it is, do you? This isn’t me trying to be rude, or patronising you. São Miguel is a relatively unknown island […]

bali

24 Hours in Bali

Bali had never been a place that held much appeal for me. When I was a teenager, it seemed like everyone was going there. To me, travelling to a place full of Australians and New Zealanders just didn’t feel that exotic. Add the 2002 Bali Bombings and the Schapelle Corby trial into the mix, and […]

Porto

The Port Caves of Porto

I’m going to start this post with a disclaimer: I don’t even like Port. For those of you that haven’t drunk it, Port is a fortified wine, typically red, and rather sweet. We visited the Port Caves of Porto solely for the benefit of my husband, but I enjoyed seeing them, too. I may have […]

Horse

Explore the World on Horseback

You may have noticed that I like riding horses. Whether its having a go at a tölt on an Icelandic horse or galloping through the desert on an Arabian ex-racehorse, I try and fit in a ride when I can. I’m not going to lie. I’m a terrible rider, and I mainly just bounce around in the saddle, […]

Travels

Travels with my Mother

The first time mum and I travelled together, I was around 21. At that stage in my life, I felt like other young people would be happier on a drunken Contiki tour than exploring Europe with their mum. I was happy about it, though. I didn’t drink, I didn’t party, and I knew my mum […]

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