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5 Essential Things You Should Do when Packing Light for Italy, Greece and beyond.

Posted: April 22 2017

  I always adhere to that old saying, ‘No-one returns from holiday wishing  they had packed more’. Packing light is an art and an art you can learn without the hard lesson of lugging an overstuffed suitcase over a tiny Venetian bridge, muttering under your breath to the amused smirks of the locals. I’ve seen […]

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Women’s Tours – Women Know What They Want.

Posted: February 21 2017

    The largest growing trend in small group tours at the moment is catering to a generation of women who, for whatever reason, find themselves without travelling partners. Maybe they are happily single, divorced, widowed or have husbands who just don’t like to travel. A few years ago there would have been no option […]

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5 of the Best Travel Apps

Posted: August 10 2016

Long gone are the days when I scrambled in the bottom of my carry on luggage trying to find that elusive hotel address, boarding pass or flight information etc., much to the utter irritation of everyone travelling with me.  Now with the new smart phones that frustration is a thing of the past and all […]

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The New and Improved Trevi Fountain – Finished at Last.

Posted: November 18 2015

If you have travelled to Rome in the past 18 months and was longing to see the magnificent Trevi Fountain, you would have been sorely disappointed.  For 18 long months this iconic monument has been covered in scaffolding and workmen to restore it to its former glory and stop sections of the fountain from falling […]

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8 Important Things You Should Know About Italian Hotels

Posted: March 17 2015

  Italian hotels are not the same as in places like Australia and America, and definitely not as luxurious, although if you are paying 5 star prices they do become more familiar with our standards back home. Italians expect hotels to be clean and rooms to be on the small size and what is regarded […]

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Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy – 400 year old Shop in Florence

Posted: February 2 2015

When you have walked yourself ragged around all of the amazing art galleries, villas and museums in glorious Florence, I hope you have time to visit something a little quirky but definitely worth the time and off the beaten track. The amazing 400 year old pharmacy, Santa Maria Novella or ‘Offucina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa […]

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Is Positano the Perfect Amalfi Coast Town?

Posted: May 25 2014

Most people have heard about the Amalfi coast and although many might know it’s in Italy, few would probably know exactly where it is.  It conjures up visions of brilliant blue water, cute little towns, sun, sand,  a perilous road and scrumptious seafood……all of which are correct (although maybe the sand would be a slight […]

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Why Buying Fake Designer Bags in Italy is Dumb.

Posted: May 5 2014

Who would travel to Italy the land of Gucci, Prada, Pucci and Giorgio Armani to buy a fake or counterfeit bag?  Plenty of people it seems.  Counterfeit goods have been around since Giorgio was a boy but in the past few years the Italian police have  tried to stamp it out once and for all – […]

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Avoid the Shock and Horror of the Post Holiday Phone Bill

Posted: August 26 2013

How to avoid huge phone bills, how to turn data roaming off, turn off data roaming on iphone (And learn how to turn data roaming off on your iphone) Have you heard the horror stories of unsuspecting travellers returning from holidays and nearly going into cardiac arrest when faced with their post holiday phone bill? […]

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How to Find a Good Restaurant Experience in Positano

Posted: December 10 2012

If you haven’t yet picked up the book My Amalfi Coast by Amanda Tabberer (the daughter of a well know Australian television personality Maggie Tabberer) and you are toying with the idea of visiting the Amalfi coast – a word of advice – go straight to the bookshop to buy it, or at least have […]

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It was absolutely perfect. A dream on my vision board come true.

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The hotels were perfectly situated and breakfast buffets terrific. Our guide, Michela, from Naples was wonderful.

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The guides were so informative and we feel as though we learned so much but it was not over the top.

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