Category: Travel

The bits in between – Melbourne to Sydney

We drove the longer coastal route heading past the lovely Mornington Peninsula on the Alpine road, then onto the South Gippsland and Princes highways. As a keen MotoGP fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Phillip Island, home to the Australian MotoGP.… Continue Reading “The bits in between – Melbourne to Sydney”

Postcards from Melbourne I

Thankfully our luggage, including the two bike boxes, fitted into our hire car and we sped away to our first destination – a discount electrical store to buy a GPS. Yes, you can hire them but Herz’s hire charges equate to the cost of… Continue Reading “Postcards from Melbourne I”

Season’s Greetings

The holiday season starts when I receive my first Christmas card. Most years it’s one from a couple who almost bought our house in Chiswick back in 1993. Their lovely cards typically showcase one of the photographs they’ve taken on their travels. I always think:… Continue Reading “Season’s Greetings”

Postcards from Ponferrada II

Strictly speaking our vacation is over and we’ve been back home for a while. Embarrassingly, it’s been almost three weeks since we left our delightful Casa Rural some 50km from Ponferrada and started our slow exploratory journey home via the Mediterranean coast. Of course, I’d been… Continue Reading “Postcards from Ponferrada II”

Postcards from Ponferrada I

One week into our almost three-week vacation, how am I faring? I confess that a week of sharing a bathroom with my beloved is stressful but plenty of exercise and fresh air has meant I’ve slept for well over nine hours per night and… Continue Reading “Postcards from Ponferrada I”

Postcard from Tuscany

My annual road trip to the World Road Race Championships is usually a solo trip although my beloved has accompanied me to both Mendrisio 2009 and Melbourne 2010. This year he decided once again to take a bit of a break and join me in Tuscany.… Continue Reading “Postcard from Tuscany”

Postcard from Pordenone

It’s May, I should’ve been watching the Giro d’Italia so here’s another blast from the past (May 2013) where we happily managed to combine business, a spot of vacation and watching cycling in NE Italy. I know, I know I’ve been back a few days… Continue Reading “Postcard from Pordenone”

Postcard from Paris

I have spent the past three days pounding the pavements of Paris, the world’s most visited city. Like all great cities, you see far more if you religiously navigate its various quarters on foot. Although I always have a small map, just in case,… Continue Reading “Postcard from Paris”

Garibaldi’s Giro II

Like most people, I remember Garibaldi as the man who unified Italy and for whom the biscuits were named. Oh yes, the Garibaldi biscuit was indeed named after Giuseppe Garibaldi following his visit to Tynemouth in 1854. It was developed at a time when produce was… Continue Reading “Garibaldi’s Giro II”

Postcards from Melbourne I

We had a most pleasant journey to Melbourne largely thanks to Qatar Airlines whose Club Class, in the humble opinion of my beloved who spends his time circumnavigating the globe, is considerably better than either BA’s or Lufthansa’s First Class. We started in a promising… Continue Reading “Postcards from Melbourne I”