Picturescape: Brimstone Hill Fortress, St. Kitts

There are places whose incredible histories I have learnt only after arriving at the destination. Saint Kitts was just such a place. It was while taking in the sights of the island aboard the St. Kitts Scenic Railway that I first learnt the island was the largest producer of sugar in the world in the […]

Destinations: St Kitts and Nevis

The twin-island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis is one of the Caribbean’s lesser known holiday destinations. This will not be the case for very much longer though, with luxury developments planned and currently being built in the southern part of the island. My advice to those who – like myself – like their holiday destinations skewing on the side of the untouched is to go now. This year. Wait a few years and it might just be exactly what neighbouring St. Barths has become.

My Italian Summer: Part three – The Cinque Terre

Prior to this summer, the Cinque Terre had been on the bucket list of places I must visit in this lifetime for almost a decade. I first saw the Ligurian destination chronicled in a news package on breakfast TV while I was still a budding journalist back in Oslo. In much the same way a lot of destinations are in our minds, it wasn’t a concrete concept about the destination that took a firm hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go; rather it was that indescribable affinity with a destination that one sometimes gets and feels they won’t get peace until they come face to face with it. All I knew about this cluster of 5 villages – hence the name – was that it had some of the most picturesque hiking trails and is UNESCO World Heritage-listed.

My Italian summer: Part two – Pisa

I’ll just come right out and say it. There isn’t much else to do in Pisa than watch the leaning tower of Pisa and all the people taking pictures of it and next to in various states of imitation. Ok, maybe there’s the Opera museum right in the vicinity of the tower but other than that – not that much to do! If you feel differently or know something I missed please let me know in the comment section. So without further ado, I present you humanity in all its quirky and silly glory.

My Italian summer: Part 1 – Florence

First of all I’d like to apologize for the brief hiatus I took from the blog this summer. A combination of other work commitments and a summer filled with travel are to blame for this! I let that take over so I could come back refreshed and with more content for my faithful readers and subscribers. I’d also like to acknowledge the messages of concern I have received from some of my subscribers: Thank you for your encouragement. It’s always good to know that I am actually missed when I am away.

Now, let’s get right into this 5-part Italian summer series that has come about as a result of my travels this spring and summer. I fell in love with this country very gradually, with my first visit being to the island of Sardinia in 2008. 4 years went by before I got another chance to visit Italy, this time for a brief – very brief – sojourn through Venice on the last day of my London to Venice Orient Express trip.

Visiting Florence this year marked the third time I have set foot in Italy. This, dear reader, is where any doubts I might have had entertained about the country evaporated. I fell head-first, knee-deep in for this city. So without further ado, let’s dive right into my Florence beat list .