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The treasures of Gallipoli

Many people thought I was in Turkey when I posted photos of my stay in Gallipoli (map) earlier this summer. I wasn’t. In fact, I was in Puglia, in southern Italy! Gallipoli in Turkey is especially famous as the site of the ‘Gallipoli Campaign’, a battle during World War I, not to be confused with […]

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Bologna on my mind

My doorbell rings. I open the door to find a good friend of mine standing there with a big grin on his face and a bag casually slung around his shoulder. Minutes later, he’s settled at my dining table and he reaches into his bag. “We’re going to Bologna!”, he announces. “You’ve been talking so […]

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A tour of the Motor Valley in style

I have to admit… I’m a nitwit when it comes to cars. I’ve never been too interested in them and how they work. They take me comfortably from point A to B and that’s how I’ve always seen them: as a mode of transport. I remember my teenage years in school where part of the […]

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My favourite travel moments of 2013

2013 was an incredible travel year for me. If I counted correctly, I visited 20 countries across six continents. More importantly, I had the opportunity to experience some of the most amazing places (and food!) and meet some truly inspiring people along the way. Here are some of my favourite travel moments in photos from […]

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The mirrors of Castello Estense in Ferrara

Ferrara is a historic town in the region of Emilia Romagna in Italy. Though its origins are a mystery, the first mention of Ferrara was in a document dating to 753 A.D.. These days, the town is famed for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, cathedral, broad cobblestone boulevards and historic centre along the River Po. […]

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San Marino – more than just #78

San Marino is one of the smallest countries and the oldest republic in the world. For people visiting the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy, it’s a quick way to chalk up another country to their list of countries visited. When I checked my list, San Marino came in at #78. That’s the thought that sprang […]

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A week in Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is an Italian region north of Tuscany, roughly between Florence and Venice. With its forest-clad mountains, endless beaches along the Adriatic coast, historic towns such as Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ravenna, world-famous automotive industry (think Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini), colourful festivals and terrific cuisine, Emilia Romagna has a lot to offer visitors. Despite […]

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Dreamy views from Palazzo Murat.

Five classic Italian beach escapes

Italy is one of the premier luxury beach destinations in Europe, with an outstanding reputation that spans centuries. During the Roman times, the Emperors built impressive villas along the coast or on the surrounding islands as a retreat – one Emperor even made Capri his home! In more recent times, Europe’s elite as well as […]

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The wonders of Ravenna

Ravenna is a small, historic town in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Located close to the Adriatic Sea, the town can trace its history back more than 2,000 years. Ravenna enjoyed a prosperous period during Roman rule in the 1st century A.D. before being occupied by a succession of other powers including the Ostrogoths and […]

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The secret window!

Discovering Emilia Romagna with #Blogville

Today, I fly to Bologna, the capital of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Using the #Blogville apartment in the heart of Bologna as my base, I’ll set out to explore the region’s many cultural, historical and natural attractions… and I’m sure there’ll be lots of awesome foodie experiences in between! Much has already been […]

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