Carol the Pilgrim heads to Florence A weird mix of events led to Carol the Pilgrim being 'Lost in Florence at Midnight'. It all began with the train trip from Orvieto to Florence. There was one of those usual delays where the train just suddenly stops - for 3 hours! The delay was due to... Continue Reading →
Mont Fort Sunrise at 3328 m is dazzling!
Mont Fort Sunrise is one of those 'accidentally cultured' travel experiences that my sense of adventure seems to attract! I have to admit, I was totally unaware that Mont Fort existed. But, unable to resist a sunrise photoshoot at 3328 m, I recently found myself heading skyward towards this magnificent destination. Mont Fort Sunrise Mont... Continue Reading →
Swiss Via Francigena: On the Road with Sigeric in Switzerland
The Via Francigena is a pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. It is based on a journey made by Archbishop Sigeric in 990 AD when he went to Rome to receive his Pallium from the Pope. On his return journey he wrote a diary recording the 79 places where he rested. Today, these places form... Continue Reading →
Carol: The Accidental Pilgrim
The Via Francigena Carol had always wondered what it would be like to be a pilgrim walking the ancient medieval Via Francigena pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. So, this is a story about how she accidentally became a pilgrim when she decided to visit Romainmôtier Abbey in Switzerland. But, her primary motive for the... Continue Reading →
Basel Fasnacht – Three Day Carnival!
The Basel Fasnacht, three crazy Carnival days in Basel, drew to its close at 4 am this morning, as I write! Let the Basel Fasnacht begin! Basel in Switzerland has a three day Mardi Gras known as the Basel Fasnacht! The idea of a three Carnival really fuelled my imagination! So, I headed to Basel... Continue Reading →
Best Hotel in Italy! Turin Palace Hotel
Last year we visited twenty cities in Italy! We were following the medieval pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome. So, Italy was the fourth and last country on our journey. As a result, we visited twenty cities between Grand St Bernard Pass in Switzerland and Rome. Turin was our first overnight stop over. Normally Via... Continue Reading →
The Essential Guide to Visiting Versailles
We visited the Palace of Versailles last year in September and it was truly spectacular! But a well planned trip will enable you to see this enormous place in style and comfort. So here is my 'essential guide' for maximising your visit to Versailles! Versailles Accommodation My first recommendation is to choose accommodation close to... Continue Reading →
Versailles in Canberra NGA Exhibition
Arriving in Canberra Versailles and Canberra somehow do not quite go together! Currently the National Gallery of Australia has an exhibition of treasures from the Palace of Versailles. Last year I visited the Palace of Versailles in France and my previous post has lots of useful travel tips. Versailles Palace and gardens are in a class of... Continue Reading →
Three Hectic Days in England
England in only three days was a very enjoyable challenge! But given my love of manor houses, palaces, castles, cathedrals and fine dining we managed it quite well. I do hope to inspire the reader to travel in our footsteps! Arrival in England The flight from Sydney to London is arduous, to put it... Continue Reading →
Turin in a day of history and culture!
Turin is a city of marvels! In just one day, we visited ancient Egypt and Rome, the glittering gold of Cathedrals and Palaces. Also, the fashions and flavours of Via Roma! We hired a car at Turin airport and drove across the city to the luxurious Turin Palace Hotel for a two night visit. Trip... Continue Reading →