My 2013 travel roundup

By | December 18th, 2013|Travel|

Not bad for an office bod.  Despite spending a large portion of my year sitting at a desk in a freezing cold west London office block, travel over the past 12 months has been good.  Very good in fact! At the risk of sounding a little like a Dbag, here's a few travel numbers I [...]

Experiencing Bologna in a day (or two)

By | July 25th, 2013|Italy|

The Italian city of Bologna is known by three names.  All three of these names ring true and with good reason. 1.  The Educated City - The city is home to the worlds oldest University - educated  2.  The Fat City - The city is rich in culinary history and somewhere to eat is never ever far [...]

Gelato heaven at the Carpigiani Gelato Lab and Museum

By | July 18th, 2013|Italy|

"Gelato" "GEL-A-TO" ... mention the words 'Ice Cream' around here at your own risk says Francesca, our guide for the day at the Carpigiani Gelato Lab and Museum. 'Was that a joke or a threat?' I asked my girlfriend as we make our way into the reception area, she shrugs as if not caring, and lets [...]

666 arches to the Madonna di San Luca, Bologna

By | July 12th, 2013|Italy|

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca or Basilica di San Luca, sits plum atop of Monte della Guardia (aka Guardia hill), just south west of Bologna.  Staring out across the Emilia Romagna region, the Basillica is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, looking to catch a view epic views on a sunny day. [...]

The Two Towers of Bologna

By | July 3rd, 2013|Italy|

The Two Towers (Le Due Torri) located in the heart of Bologna have nothing to do with Frodo and the LOTR trilogy as the name might suggest, but they are a treasure at the heart of Bologna and the traditional symbol of the Red City. [mappress mapid="17"] Once connected by a small wooden footbridge which [...]

Real time instagrams from Bologna

By | June 28th, 2013|Italy, Photography, Real Time Blogging|

Its 4am on a Friday morning and I am awake. There can be only two reasons for this ... 1) I am still yet to go to bed after a late Thursday night 2) I am catching an early flight ... it probably isn't difficult to guess which is the correct scenario. In 5 short [...]