Springtime Hiking in Spoleto

So, it’s just before 8 in the morning, the sky is blue, the birds are singing, the dogs are barking and the Italian countryside awaits us. I don my trusty pink starburst yoga pants and my all weather jacket and we hit the road for our trek of the holiday the Giro dei condotti. I’m freezing! The sky may be blue, but after 5 minutes outside, so is my face! The joys of Spring I suppose. No matter, after walking uphill at a vigorous pace I soon begin to heat up and with the sun steadily climbing the temperature starts […]

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Less than 24 hours in Rome? You can still pack in a lot of sightseeing!

Last week, we arrived in Rome around 1:45pm having got the train from Ciampino to Termini. We’d already booked our night in an apartment suite just next to the Vatican, so we decided to walk from Termini, straight down Via Cavour, which eventually spits you out between the Colosseum and Vittorio Emanuele monument. Having flown in under a thick covering of cloud and spots of rain, the sun was now belting out through the clearing skies, so we stopped for a while to eat our sandwiches and grab some water all within the view of Trajan’s Forum. Feeling refreshed, we […]

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Digital Detox – Unplug for a while and see what happens!

“The internet has gone!” Four little words that strike fear into the hearts of an entire generation. What the chuff are we supposed to do with no WiFi? Well we found out after finding ourselves without WiFi in our apartment in Spoleto, it worked the first two days and then it was gone, never to be seen until an hour before we were due to leave three days later. This was a real eye opener for us. I hadn’t realised just how attached we had become to being constantly “plugged in” checking email, checking Instagram, Facebook or looking up some […]

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the mum who has everything!

It can be incredibly difficult to find the perfect gift for your mum/nanna on Mother’s Day. You want it to be thoughtful, to let them know that you are thinking of them and you want them to feel happy and loved, particularly on this special day. So what to buy, what to buy! Now, I can spend absolute hours trawling through websites looking for that perfect gift, only to find when you visit home it’s still packed in it’s box in a drawer somewhere or perhaps it’s even been re-gifted to you! I’ve now come to believe in the “Kiss” […]

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An epic Sunrise in Surfers Paradise

I am not a morning person, I will be the first to admit this, so when Martin advises me that we’d need to be up and out for 5am to go and watch the sunrise, I immediately tried to figure out how many hours of z’s I was actually going to get that night, I was not going to get my 8 hours! However, I haven’t actually watched very many sunrises in my time and I thought that this would be the best place to get some in the memory bank! So alarm goes off at 4.45am (remember, we’re only […]

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Feeding Frenzy in Surfers Paradise – Food shopping and dining out.

We were told by lots of people that Australia would be expensive and that we would spend most of our budget on food/drink, but we’re a slightly different kind of traveller. We always stay in apartments with a kitchen so we hit the supermarkets like Coles or Woolworths and for the vast majority of the time, we eat in. Of course we love dressing up and going out, but spending a huge chunk of money every night on a restaurant dinner just isn’t my idea of a fun. Our apartment in Surfer’s Paradise was just a 10 minute walk to […]

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