Take it or Leave it

Granted, we were only in Bratislava for a couple of days, but when the area around your house looks like this… …it’s easy to get a negative vibe about a place. This vibe intensifies when your husband is harassed by a rashy drunken dude in the car park who scampered off when he didn’t understand…

Marostica, Aquileia, Trieste.

We popped into three Northern Italian towns we’d never visited before. Here are some mini snapshots… Marostica Where is all the second hand stuff? I was convinced I’d find so many little relics and dust-collecting nic-nacs to add to my “old stuff” collection at home. Most “old stuff” in Australia I’ve found at op shops…

Buona Befana!

In Italy’s North (Veneto and Friuli) Christmas and New Year festivities are “all wrapped up” (to quote a much-used advertising slogan at this time of year) on January 6, The Epiphany. This is when the 3 Wise Men (the magi) were said to have travelled to Bethlehem to bring gifts to baby Jesus. So, to…

Auguri da Venezia!

While it’s a bucket list dream for many to see in the New Year on Sydney Harbour for one of the biggest NYE fireworks displays in the world, Venice was our choice of party city to celebrate the start of 2020. “Get down to Piazza San Marco early” warned Frederico our apartment owner “or you…

La Serenissima

I’ve already written about the way I feel about Venice from our last trip to La Serenissima (the most serene Venezia) in 2013. I’ve always trained in from Treviso in the past, but this time with New Year’s Eve and Cam’s 40th birthday set to fall across our Venice days, it seemed like a great…

Lake Bled

First up, a quick mention of the gorgeous place we’ve been staying at in Sticna (where conveniently or inconveniently every street in the town is also called “Sticna”.) Branka has been our host at Hisa Ida, and her property includes a bar, a few beautiful apartments (toasty warm inside even on -6 degree nights), and…

City of Dragons

Full disclosure. Before planning this trip, the only thing I knew about Slovenia was this… The young Slovenian couple that made us all feel a little uncomfortable watching Eurovision (our annual viewing highlight) last year. But as we poured over the map of Europe, pinpointing all of the places we definitely wanted to go and…

Oh, Vienna!

ACHTUNG! If you are planning a Chrissy trip to Vienna, be aware that most of the shops will close half way though Christmas Eve, and will stay closed all day Christmas Day, and St. Stephan’s Day (Aussie Boxing Day). With Vienna bursting with tourists at the moment, I guess we assumed that there must be…

Australia to Austria

We have done a fairly fabulous job at raising our two girls, if I do say so myself. At 13 and 15, they’re (mostly) polite, (hopefully) kind, (usually) well spoken, and (definitely) well travelled. Our first big trip together was in 2009 when we took them,at 3 and 4 years of age, to stay in…

For the love of Christ…church

After leaving our carefree camper days behind us, it’s been lovely to stretch out in a super cute AirBnB close to Christchurch city. Two doors, instead of a curtain, between us and our adorable children as we sleep; a shower that we’re not nervous will run out of hot water; and a washing machine. Party…

Rebuilding Christchurch

When the world experiences a natural disaster (flood, landslide, tsunami, earthquake), there’s always a flurry of media attention. All eyes are on that country, especially when it’s a region that we feel connected to, and we raise money, donate goods, and do whatever we can to help out in relief operations. Then, a Kardashian has…

Should we do a Camper Holiday? Take the Quiz!

So, you’ve always wanted to take the kids away for a scenic camper holiday. Wow, it looks like so much fun! So relaxing! So liberating, throwing all of your gear in a movable house, and getting in amongst the wilderness without a care in the world. Answer these questions, and find out if you’re up…