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A Day In Lucca: An Underrated Tuscan Gem

A Day In Lucca: An Underrated Tuscan Gem

Driving south from Genova, or Cinque Terre, or even Pisa, Lucca sits quietly, unassuming, not quite yet deep into the Tuscan countryside. Lucca is a small town, mainly known for it’s center – the walled city. Unfortunately, the walled city is in Lucca is all we got to see, but I don’t doubt that, as one waiter told us, “there’s a whole world of Lucca outside the city walls”. NOT unfortunately, Lucca turned out to be one of our favorite spots in Tuscany. This is why…

Tuscany Driving Adventure Day 1: Pisa To Cinque Terre

Tuscany Driving Adventure Day 1: Pisa To Cinque Terre

Italy’s west coast was warmly welcoming today. A nice flight in over a glistening blue Mediterranean and a gentle landing at a cute little airport in Pisa. Even though it’s only our second time in Italy, I’m going to go out on a limb to say that March is surely the best time of year to visit. We exit the airport terminal and enter a cloudless blue sky day; sunshine only strong enough to let you know it’s there, and a soft spring breeze to match. Perfect. Couple of twists at the airport. Tip: There’s a whole different part of […]

Our Top 10 Moments Of 2010

Our Top 10 Moments Of 2010

I’m fortunate to say that this list became very tricky to write. We have just had such a ball this year in so many different places around the world, it was hard to narrow it down to just 10 top moments. Nonetheless – here it is, top to bottom, our most memorable moments of the year 2010. 10. Sand Dune Jeep Ride – Newcastle, Australia On our trip back to Australia in August we visited some friends of ours in Newcastle, NSW, who’s place backs on to an enormous 20 mile long stretch of wide, undisturbed, beachfront. When you’re out […]

Las Vegas The Strange

Las Vegas is a strange place, for many a reason more than the obvious. Looking down from your hotel window you’re likely to see a tropical pool, palm trees, deckchairs, swim up bars… men and women laying in the sun, working on their tans. You could be forgiven for thinking that you were at a beach resort in California, or Mexico, or Thailand, or Australia… But you’re not. You’re in the middle of a desert. A big, bad, flat, hot, plane of dirt with no beaches and no water for miles. You can observe the common sentiments, like that Las […]

The Tale Of The Yelapa Dog

The Tale Of The Yelapa Dog

I hate dogs. There, I said it. I don’t find them cute, I hate when they lick you after licking their nether regions all day, and I hate that people buy them clothes. Or at least I did before our encounter with her. It was on a peaceful mid-morning stroll down a quiet beach trail that we first met Maria. We didn’t call her that then – for now she was just stray dog number #127 in this sleepy little beach town. But it wasn’t long before we realized she wasn’t like the other neighborhood canines. We didn’t know exactly […]