Beam Me Up!

“Now. This is going to be an expensive meal girls. Just drink water. And elbows off the table.” These were our sage, tight-arse words of advice before ordering my birthday meal at UFO watch. taste. groove, which is said to be one of the best restaurants in Slovakia. Fair call on the water when mains…

Countries, currencies, castle, deer.

In what was perhaps the most emotionally charged day of our trip, we travelled through 5 countries, fumbled through a purse filled with 3 different currencies, visited what may well be the final castle of our trip, and hit a deer on a foggy pot-holed road. We woke up in Croatia, had a goodbye coffee…

The City of Angels. Not that one. Or the other one.

No, we haven’t jetted over to the States to visit L.A., or headed closer to home to the other “City of Angels” Krung Thep (Bangkok). We’re in Varazdin Croatia, VERY loosely referred to as the “City of Angels” mostly because an artist who has painted angels for 30 years, Zelijko Prstec, decided to open a…

The teeny tiny town

Hum. Hummmmmm. It’s such a cute little name! Perfect for the town that’s allegedly been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the world’s smallest. However have a poke around the Guinness website, and you’ll find no such record. Perhaps the townsfolk decided on its smallness themselves? It’s also difficult to ascertain…

Mummies

It’s estimated that approximately 44,000 people visit Disneyland in California each day. You’d probably say it’s one of the biggest attractions in the world. So when we rolled up to Vodnjan in the south of Istria and saw this sign out the front of the Church of St.Blaise… …we thought we’d have to fight off…

The Slovenian Robin Hood

In Australia it takes 41 hours to drive from one side of the country to the other. So it was a strange novelty for us to be able to pop into Slovenia on our drive from Italy to Croatia. Once again, Slovenia didn’t fail to impress. This country just nails it every time. Predjama Castle…

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…