Casanuova, Tuscany

Sometimes you just have a find a wee bolthole and escape with the family and that just what this trip was all about. That and great Tuscan food of course We flew into Florence and hired a car and headed north to a province in the tuscan hills for a couple of weeks of R&RContinue reading “Casanuova, Tuscany”

Monterosso Al Mare, The Cinque Terre

From the collective of villages now considered a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Monterosso Al Mare is the largest village in the Cinque Terre, and boasts over its neighbours, beautiful reefs, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. The village is separated into two halves by the old tower of Aurora. Fegina, thrives on tourism andContinue reading “Monterosso Al Mare, The Cinque Terre”

Vernazza, The Cinque Terre

There are five villages in this area off of the Italian Riveria. Cinque translated means 5 and Terre is lands. So essentially this area translates to “the five lands.”  Each of the villages have the own character and Vernazza is no different. The Cinque Terre has succumbed to mass tourism and visitor numbers are booming.Continue reading “Vernazza, The Cinque Terre”

Manarola, The Cinque Terre

Why is Italy so beautiful? In particular the picture postcard perfect Italian Riveira and notably The Cinque Terre. Five villages perched precariously and dangling to the elements of the Mediterranean sea. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are the famous five and best reached by train. There are various hiking routes between villages (maybe nextContinue reading “Manarola, The Cinque Terre”

Genoa

A day trip to Genoa. Genoa was one of Italy’s largest maritime strongholds along with Venice. The port today is still thriving with container shipping and tourism through cruises. Genoa differs from many Italian cities, such as Florence and Venice as it is not cursed with throngs of tourists and list of must see attractions. OurContinue reading “Genoa”

Easter in the East Neuk of Fife

We chose the most amazing weekend to visit the East Neuk of Fife.  As they say in Scotland “what a belter”  To say I was mesmerised by the nooks and crannies in this area is an understatement.  My previous experience of Fife was Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and driving through the throng of tourists, students and golfersContinue reading “Easter in the East Neuk of Fife”