Patisseries and packing

The worst part about leaving Paris, is not being able to bring all the food with us that we just didn’t have time to eat, like a truckload of patisseries! We both LOVE these fancy cakes, choux pastry, macaroons, and cakes that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We decided to start our morning…

Monet

I have often been in awe of gardeners, for their patience, the foresight and forethought towards laying out a garden, and for how their imaginations can dream up what a garden will look like when the seeds they plant become fully grown. One of my favourite gardens is that at Monet’s house, or Fondation Claude…

Better times

This morning was a little less exciting, though a touch frantic. In a homage to Harry Potter, we took an Uber from our hotel to the house where Maison de Nicholas Flamel once lived and worked. Having posed for the obligatory photos we then set off on foot to wander the streets, particularly Boulevard de…

Bonjour!

This blog post has been a little delayed, as you may have guessed. We’re staying at the Holiday Inn Elysees in, and the wifi is a little… iffy. We flew in last night, the 22nd, and today’s been a bit full-on since we woke up. I’m going to broach a subject that’s not mentioned a…

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…