Rome wasn’t built in a day …

Villa d'Este

… but it’s best to be seen a day at a time. And just this month we were there for 4 days and most of that time we were out of Rome visiting Italian gardens. Continue reading


Big trip to Oz: March 2015

????????Last month we were in Australia. It wasn’t a big trip by some people’s standards but it was 3 weeks, we haven’t had a 3 week holiday for ages, and it was Australia which is a long way away. We went to see number 1 son who’s a police officer in Fremantle. Continue reading

History Cafe, Brunton Boatyard, Kochi; 24 Nov 10

We go on package holidays. Twenty years ago I’d have been horrified at the thought but for about 10 years now we’ve taken our holidays in the company of others who we’ve not known before hand and, in general, will probably never see again. We’ve used just 2 companies: Travel Editions, ( with which we’ve had several excellent Italian breaks plus Cuba last year, and Voyages Jules Verne ( with which we’ve done Namibia, Sri Lanka and Turkey. This year it’s been Travel Editions again and they took us to southern India. Continue reading

Edinburgh Odyssey; 2-5 Jun 10

Wednesday 2 Jun 10: the cat arrived at 0815. Not the one which teases my dog by staring through the patio doors but the Cambridge taxi service which takes me to the station. The driver was keen to talk which we did. We started with David Laws and finished on electoral reform. He was a tad to the right of me but we had plenty of common ground. Such is the political mood today. Continue reading