A Day in Cinque Terre

One of Italy’s greatest gems is the area known as Cinque Terre, a national park (and marine park) consisting of five small villages and the surrounding area. With dramatic scenery, colourful houses and a sense of isolation, Cinque Terre is a treat to visit. Unless you come during a train strike, when three of the... Continue Reading →

A Taste of Tuscany: Still on a Budget!

I had signed up for Italy on a Budget’s Taste of Tuscany day trip after being offered a small discount while booking my wine tasting trip into Chianti. I spent the morning exploring Florence, but had caught most of the highlights and was ready to head back out into the Tuscan countryside for a few... Continue Reading →

Wine Tasting in Tuscany: On a Budget!

I have long considered a trip out into the Chianti wine region a “must do” for my trip to Florence. Before leaving Canada, I had looked up a number of providers and settled on a few that I thought looked interesting. I discussed it with my Busabout guide between Venice and Rome since I knew... Continue Reading →

Wandering the Streets of Florence

Florence, or Firenze to the Italians, is a city that was praised and hyped by everyone I encountered. “You’ll love Florence,” they promised, praising the architecture, the food and its enviable role as the capital of Tuscany. I thought it would be a much larger city than it was, but I found it quite easy... Continue Reading →

The Vatican and Why I Went Twice

Visiting the Vatican is a must-do on the list of Rome attractions – a small city state, of only 44 hectares, the Vatican is the home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica, the massive building which dominates St. Peter’s Square. The signage to St. Peter’s Square – or Piazza San Pietro, in Italian –... Continue Reading →

Venturing into Venice

The Busabout bus brought us from Munich to the campsite just outside of Venice at around 4:30pm, discharging us into the PLUS Camping Jolly, one of several camping villages run by this company dotted across Italy. It had a big pool, a small supermarket and a restaurant/bar with sleeping options varying from cabanas or bungalows... Continue Reading →

Beer & Food Wanderings in Munich

Everything was quiet in the train as we pulled up to the station, the usual murmurs of people getting their bags and sighing as they looked at their watch. How was I to expect that things just outside would be oh so different? Chanting, singing… and a huge police presence. Munich cops, assembled en masse,... Continue Reading →

Food & Drink, Salzburg style!

One highlight of Salzburg was the food and drink I tried. I’m not a big fan of this type of food – I often find it very heavy, like the German restaurant my dad likes – but I will say that what I had was very good. I just don’t see myself craving it in... Continue Reading →

Snacking in Cesky Krumlov…

One of the great joys of travel is eating all the different foods, am I right? Never knowing what you’re going to get, relying on vaguely translated descriptions (if there is an English menu) or trying to identify a common word between languages. Cesky Krumlov is a major tourist destination – the town relies on... Continue Reading →

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