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”

Eating our way round Thailand

  Its been about 20 years since my last visit to Thailand and although I have a rule about not revisiting old ground, there is something about Thailand that makes me return.  The people are so genuinely lovely. They don’t call it the ‘land of smiles’ for nothing.  Certainly the people we encountered, were hospitable,Continue reading “Eating our way round Thailand”