Category Archives: Cities

What to eat in Rome

What to eat in Rome? If you want to eat well in a foreign city, it’s always a good idea to do some research before you go. I didn’t do any research before going to Rome. Slight mistake. But Rome … Continue reading

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Via Margutta, Rome

Via Margutta is a particularly pretty Roman Street between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna. Faded yellow and terracotta buildings, 3 and 4 storeys high, line the narrow laneway. Long, thick vines trail down walls and over archways, their … Continue reading

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When in Rome

On a grey morning in late October, we caught a series of trains (Mantova-Modena-Bologna-Rome) to Italy’s ancient capital. By lunchtime we were eating at an outdoor table at a Roman restaurant. The waiters were those elderly/middle-aged Italian guys that you … Continue reading

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Garden

In the dog days of summer, a nice gardener came round and sprayed the weeds in our “garden”. For a few weeks, our front yard looked like this: The above was a vast improvement on the jungle of weeds that … Continue reading

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Memorable Meals in the Med

One of the many delights of the Med, Sicily in this particular case, is the unpretentious yet delicious meals they serve. The food is local, by which I mean the menu is shaped by geography, tradition and Sicily’s agriculture. It’s highly familiar: Mediterranean/Italian/Sicilian … Continue reading

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Look Back at Paris

For now, this is my last post about our short trip to Paris. The highlights of the trip were: spending time with my 70 year-old mum who I don’t see very often because she lives in Australia and I live … Continue reading

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Moulin Rouge

After our Paris by night experience, the same tour bus dropped us off at Moulin Rouge. We had tickets for the 11 pm Féerie cabaret show. The entertainment opened with a cheesy dance number in which the lyrics were something like “bonsy, … Continue reading

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Paris by Night

When in a foreign city, do you ever watch those gaudy tourist buses (especially the hop-on-hop-off variety) go by, and feel smugly superior to the people on board? In Paris, we put our pretensions aside and eagerly clambered aboard the … Continue reading

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Paris: Where not to go for a drink on a Saturday night

We arrived in Paris on a Saturday afternoon, Signor Lu and I. Without any hiccups, we got got from the airport to our hotel via the €10 roissybus. (A multilingual on-board screen made the route crystal clear.) At the hotel, we … Continue reading

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Sunday at the Centre Pompidou

On the first Sunday of the month, you can enter Paris’ national museums for free. We – my mum, Signor Lu and me – chose to visit the Centre Pompidou, that odd-looking building that dares to be different by wearing … Continue reading

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