The perfect day in Tuscany?

When I was dreaming about travelling with the family in Europe, one of the things I was most excited about was living in a very old farmhouse in a small village somewhere in France or Italy, getting to know the local area and culture a little and just settling in… Well, this week has just…

Wow, Tuscany!

Wow, and wow!  Jools we can see why you love Tuscany most of all, especially as a photographer.  Hard to decide what’s best – the light at sunset and the long days are more unbelievable than I’d remembered.  The countryside is incredibly beautiful and the history of the castles & walled towns is enchanting.  Yesterday…

Mud Men

With all Tuscany is known for, we didn’t expect to find this – hot thermal pools, white sulphuric rocks and mud, glorious mud to mask ourselves in.  Some of the pools were literally too hot to sit in. All in a village called Bagna di San Filippo, bizarrely, so we thought of you Jude &…

Praiano Pics

Bit too relaxed to write too much, so just a photo update from our last few days exploring the Amalfi Coast.  Our days have amounted to exploring various beaches, around Positano, all of which are accessed either via 400+ steps or by boat! And enjoying the local produce, which even the kids think taste amazing…

Party in Praiano

Much confusion for our 5 year old over what is a birthday and what is a party.  In this case, Harry’s birthday was definitely his party, he told us.  So we had a party for 6!  The gift was an amazing first day in the Amalfi Coast, in a tiny village called Praiano.  Super friendly…

Gladiator School!

So much fun in Rome – what a place. But this post is all about GLADIATOR SCHOOL! We spent a good few hours at the Colosseum yesterday, which was incredible. With a kid friendly tour guide, featuring games of Roman numeral bingo and Colosseum puzzle races, we got a 2 hour trip around one of…

Rome – first impressions from an 8 year old

The blog is back! Having landed in Rome less than 24 hours ago, and at the start of a 10 week European adventure, we will try to share a few stories and lots of pics as we go. Day One has been somewhere between incredible and incredibly boring, depending on who you ask in our…

Another day, another rock hole!

This time, Florence Falls, which is a nice 1.5k loop walk through the rain forest, downstream from Buley. Not much to say really, just a great morning out again. We also had a peak at Wangi Falls, but that was shut for croc clearing… Litchfield summary. Awesome little park. If everything was open it would…

Buley Rockhole

Litchfield Park… much talked about as the expected highlight for waterfalls and rock holes to swim in. So we had been pretty excited to get here. Two days exploring which doesn’t sound much but considering a lot of the park is still shut for maintenance and / or to clear crocs from rock holes, there…

Katherine Gorge

So, having read of the news of a croc attack in the region, we thought a cruise on croc infested waters was in order. Get straight back on the bike kind of mentality. Actually we were most nervous about booking the four hour 3 Gorge tour because our flora, fauna and cultural water cruise up…

Wild Life

We found all sorts of surprises today. Just when we thought we’d had a taste of what the Top End is all about, along came a few new experiences with the wildlife up here. We tried green ants for breakfast, having been told that the local indigenous people enjoy them. Quite a taste sensation –…

Heavenly Hot Springs and Cool Caves

This is the land where shoes are very optional and cossies are on all day because they dry within minutes and the next swim is never too far away. Stace – you were bang on the money when you said the campers would be envious of our aircon and we would not have survived this…