Facebook keeps reminding me how great my 2017 was: According to Zuckerberg’s algorithms I made X new friends, earned Y likes, wows and hahas and gained a couple of “biggest fans”. But what does this really say about the last twelve months? Not much, as it turns out. Apart from the fact that I posted…Read More
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Camping Ski Holiday. Seriously?
I love skiing. When I swoop down the slope on a crisp winter day I can feel almost as ecstatic as a dog sticking its head out of the car window. Not even freezing cold and snow can deter me as long as I know there’s the sweet reward of hot sauna and tasty meal…Read More
Was 2016 really that bad? No!
The year 2016 might go down in history as the year when the world lost not only some of the greatest music icons but also a great deal of common sense and direction. At times it seemed we were moving backwards, not forwards to a brighter future. And if I were only to listen and read…Read More
Camping in the Dolomites: Winding roads and spectacular views
»Do you want to go camping?« – »No.«- »Fine, so we’ll go just for three days, not four.« The conversation with my hubbs ran something along these lines when we were deciding where to spend an extended weekend in August. So it was agreed – or at least that’s how I understood it – we’re…Read More
Cheese and vinegar. Or do you need more reasons to visit Italy?
Of course I’m not talking about just any random cheese and vinegar. I mean traditional balsamic vinegar and cheese that goes by the name parmigiano regiano which is a universe away from what you’re used to calling parmesan. These two were the reasons for our recent trip to Modena. The region around Modena is nothing…Read More
Visiting Venice: Look beyond the obvious
If you were a boat craving attention and by some weird stroke of bad luck ended up in Murano you would be – let’s put it mildly – in for a bitter disappointment. This tiny Italian island is one of the many in the Venetian Lagoon where being a fancy gondola is the only boat…Read More
Bed & Breakfasts that deliver what hotels promise you
Have you ever read what hotels say about themselves on their websites? Sometimes I wonder if people writing those descriptions all use some secret thesaurus of “clever words and expressions for hotel marketers”. It seems as if they all combined a bunch of inspirational phrases at random to convey the unforgettable experiences guests can look forward to.…Read More
The Pescheria – Fish Market in Catania
It’s loud, it’s smelly but it’s great fun – a visit to the Pescheria, the traditional fish market in Catania, Sicily. For me a stroll through a local market is always the best way to experience a destination through its sounds and flavours. And the Pescheria does not disappoint. Come here for some people-spotting and…Read More
Survival Tips for First-Time Sicily Visitors
My extensive travel planning I was telling you about a while ago finally led to a result: Sicily turned out to be the destination meeting most of the criteria. Actually, it has already been on our radar for some time, even the LP guide has been waiting on our “to-visit” book shelf between Brazil and Corsica…Read More
Two Stars With Guts
“I don’t think people come to Sicily to taste French food, that’s why our menu is based on local ingredients,” says Vincenzo Candiano, executive chef at the Locanda Don Serafino restaurant in Ragusa at the end of our six course meal. I admire his confidence. He is following his determination contrary to the popular opinion…Read More