Tag Archives: Italy

Wordless Wednesday – Sundowners, Grand Canal, Venice

2016 Gone, 2017 Beckons

As is the norm as around this time of year, travel reflection and anticipation are the order of the day. So did 2016 live up to travel expectations? Well I did not get any further than Europe, but count myself satisfied in the wanderlust department even though I have a burning desire to go further […]

European Train Tour #5 – Italy

Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]

The Merchant of Venice

When I was at school our English Literature syllabus had us studying Shakespeare’s play of greed and revenge.  As part of our studies we put on a stage production. I secured the part of Portia’s messenger who announces the arrival of the Prince of Arragon. A whole eleven lines, which to this day I am […]

Friday Photo – 40

This photo was taken in 2005 as we approached Bonifacio in Corsica by ferry from Sardinia.

The Bernina Express

We arrived in the Italian border town of Tirano by train from Como in order to enter Switzerland on the famous Bernina Express. The whole town seemed to exist for the railway and the majority of people who frequented the place on that mid-June day were grey-haired German or Japanese tourists in identical tour operator […]

Friday Photo 35

Having recently been to Bologna and seen their own leaning tower, I was reminded of the original and more famous one in Pisa. I saw it with wife and friends in March 2003 on a beautiful spring day. Things went downhill fast afterwards after we travelled onto Florence….

June 2016 Overseas Train Journeys – Part One, Italy

If you follow my blog regularly, you will know that I love an overseas train journey. Prior to my most recent tour of North East Italy and Switzerland I had completed 191 such trips on foreign rails. It now stands at over 200! Bologna to Venice Santa Lucia After a memorable 36 hours in Bologna […]

Merry Como

There were plenty of ‘magic moments’ in store for us in Como, but first we needed to get there.  Travelling from Verona by train meant we had to change in Milan with just a ten minute gap between arrival and departure. I knew from past experience that Milano Centrale is vast so speed would be […]

Friday Photo 32

Happy July everybody! Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Italy & Switzerland, I have chosen a picture from Venice for today’s photo. Nothing too salubrious here, just a shot of an ordinary part of the canal taken from a floating vaporetto platform. Even then, it speaks so much about the magic of Venice […]