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 .

Tripping with….Actor Victor Alfieri

I like a good trip but what I love the most is the adventure that a trip can bring. Planning the destination is good, but not the entire trip. Sometimes I like to take off without even booking the hotel. I know…I know. But that is what I like – casual and spontaneous!

Tripping with: Nicky Pellegrino

I would urge anyone who visits New Zealand to do the drive from Christchurch to Queenstown and then round the West Coast, over Arthur’s Pass and back to Christchurch. Stay in Queenstown for a while as there is heaps to do there. On the North Island the beaches of the Coromandel, Northland and the East Cape are stunning, the sea is incredibly clear and you’re likely to see dolphins and other wildlife. There are some amazing guided walks to do and if you’re a horse rider I recommend trekking in the high country of the South island.

Celebrity Travel Files: Jessica Alba, Italy

Seen here in front of the famous Faraglioni in Capri, Italy, actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba recently spent a considerable amount of time in one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. She shared her Italian holiday snaps on her Twitter account last week, making us even more eager for our Orient Express trip to Venice this Thursday!