Winging it home

Today went far too quickly, and we had a fantastic time in Venice. We’ve definitely learned a few tricks if we ever visit again. We were up early again today, and as soon as we’d enjoyed our breakfast (although the service has been weird all week, not exactly chatty/welcoming folks), we then caught the train…

Last day in Venice

It was our last full day in Venice today, and we’ve taken the line ‘on-the-go’ to new levels! Getting up as early as we could manage, we legged it down to the Palazzo Ducale for our tour. Not just any tour. The secret tour. Well, obviously it’s not that secret, but it’s more about the…

Rome, Romeo, this isn’t Rome…

Today was one of those days that you can’t help grinning like fools over. Last night we decided that we’d break up the trip a bit, and go over to the mainland, specifically to Verona. We had a date with a legendary chick and her balcony. Grabbing the water taxi to the train station, Santa…

Venezia!

It’s hard to put into words just how cool today was, for its utter nerdness. So yesterday as we were trying to get our bearings, and work out how to best get around Venice, and given that we woke up pretty late – the only downside to the room, the windows open out onto the…

Across the Alps and onto the Adriatic

One of the best Christmas/birthday presents I’ve ever received would have to be this one. A trip to Venice, for Carnival. What a surprise! Years ago I’d read Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann, and the way he’d described Venice, the Venetto, the islands, all of it, has always stuck in my mind. A haunting…

Keeva!!!!

So today’s a BIG day for me… after over 2 years of being without my hound, the infamous Keeva (my Siberian Husky), we’re finally reunited! Today my parents immigrated back to the UK and brought my doggie with them! It’s been a bit of a process, certainly one I’d have been struggling to get through…

You’re a wizard (or a witch)!

Cue Hedwig’s Theme, yes, we went to Hogwarts! We came down last night, staying at the Premier Inn (yes, we do stay with them an awful lot) in Watford, so we’d be really close this morning – there’s parking at the Warner Bros. Studios, so I wanted to make sure we’d get one before it…

Farewell to Caernarfon!

Well, we’re home again, for now. Today we left Caernarfon, yesterday’s trip to Caernarfon castle was a bit of a disappointment – the castle was fine, but the staff were a little on the rude side, not very friendly or helpful – so that’s why there was no post about it. We also slept in…

Choo-choo’s!

Today we were up bright and early… well, early, not so bright. Jumping in the car we then drove down to Portmeiron, for a quick sticky-beak, then back to Porthmadog to find parking for our day’s adventure: the Ffestiniog Railway. We took the ‘red’ line – it’s winter, so the blue is not running right…

3 castles, 2 explorers, 1 bridge

The best thing about travelling in winter, is the sleeping in. We’re tired, it’s been a pretty full-on year, so this holiday is really about getting some rest, seeing some sites and some sights, and generally taking it easy. So because the light levels are much lower than summer, it means I for once can…