Category Archives: Journeys

Breakfast in Rome

A Roman breakfast is not a gentle start to the day. On our recent stay in the Eternal City (2 months ago is recent, right?), our budget hotel gave us vouchers for breakfast at the bar downstairs. The bar was … 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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A Mediterranean Journey

Close your eyes. I’m taking you on a journey. Oh wait! This is a blog, a visual medium. Better keep your eyes open. Destination? A Mediterranean island. Forget the indignities of low-cost airlines: we’re there already! This is Trapani in … 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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Paris

I survived Paris. As I wrote previously, on my first trip to Paris I had an encounter with a pickpocket. So on this second trip, I tried to stay alert at all times. I tried to imagine I was a … Continue reading

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Paris: A Cautionary Tale

I was standing on the platform waiting for a train. We were heading for Sacré Couer. The train arrived and the people on the platform surged forward, towards the train doors. (Nevermind that passengers already on the train might want … Continue reading

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The Italian Supermarket

Grocery shopping in an Italian supermarket is pretty much like grocery shopping anywhere. However, there are certain things I can count on seeing each time I go out to stock up on supplies. In the supermarket carpark, there will always … Continue reading

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