What an amazing holiday! In August 2016, we traveled to Dubai and Italy to celebrate my big 40th birthday.

We had some amazing experiences – watching the sun come up over the terracotta rooftops of Florence on my birthday, tasting the most amazing food, seeing so much history, and swimming in the most incredible blue water.

This is a collection of my posts from when we were away.

August 29, 2016

The sun sets on our Italy holiday

After three weeks, the sun has finally set on our Italian adventure. We decided to see out our time here with a three hour sailing trip […]
August 28, 2016

Lifestyles of the rich and famous: Lake Como

So his is how the other half live. Big waterfront palaces, seaplanes and helicopters, and a constant stream of tourists gawking into your property to get […]
August 26, 2016

Colourful Burano

This place reminds me of a packet of Fruit Tingles. Burano is an island a couple of kilometres from Venice, a bit further out on the […]
August 25, 2016


This truly is one of the most photogenic places on Earth. We arrived here after catching a high speed train from Florence. After a bit of […]
August 24, 2016

Blue skies, blue water… And ‘sand’

Warning. There’s lots of blue skies, blue water and gelato ahead. We’ve said goodbye to the incredible Cinque Terre area, after spending a day exploring and […]
August 22, 2016


Greetings from Riomaggoire, at Cinqueterre. This is a quaint little coastal town known the world over. After a long train trip here, and a long struggle […]
August 22, 2016

Florence. Time to get some culture.

Culture. You can’t go to Florence without soaking up some. We spent Saturday wandering around the city, visiting the Uffizi and doing a great walking tour, […]
August 20, 2016

Siena and San Gimignano. And truffles.

Let’s be honest. Our day trip to Siena didn’t get off to the best start. After catching a regional train, we struggled to find our way… […]
August 19, 2016

Ye Olde Tuscano

Having been curtailed in our travels by not being able to get a rental car, we decided to do a tour of the Tuscany region as […]
August 18, 2016

Florence, food envy and turning forty

If the first day of my 40s is anything to go by, entering my fourth decade ain’t so bad. But Tuscany is one a bit out […]
August 16, 2016

Fireworks. For me?

We timed our trip to Positano perfectly. August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption, and the Italians take their religion very seriously. I thought the […]
August 16, 2016


Pants. Capri pants. Embarrassingly, that’s about as much as I knew about Capri before going there today. The Isle of Capri is about 50 minutes in […]
August 14, 2016

Fornillo Beach

Let’s face it. In Australia, we are spoilt when it comes to beaches. They have beautiful golden sand, there’s always plenty of space, and they’re free. […]
August 13, 2016

Ravello, the Jewel of the Amalfi Coast

Ravello is known as the ‘Jewel of the Amalfi Coast’. And I can see why. According to the tour guides, the American playwright Gore Vidal said: […]
August 12, 2016

Rome to the Amalfi Coast, baby!

Our last night on Rome was spent just like our first – drinking too much at an overpriced rooftop bar, looking out over the rooftops, spires […]
August 11, 2016


Our short visit to Rome started looking even shorter than planned, thanks to the crazy and chaotic Rome Airport. Long lines for immigration, baggage piling up […]
August 9, 2016

Dubai Desert Dune Bashing

Dubai isn’t all about big things and skyscrapers. While modern Dubai has only been around for a few decades, the city has a remarkable history built […]
August 8, 2016

Dubai, home of big things

In Australia, we have lots of big things. Bananas, pineapples, prawns, sheep, just to name a few. However they pale in comparison to the big things […]
August 7, 2016

Dubai. It’s hot.

Talk about a shock to the system. The last few days in Sydney has been quite cold. Fast forward to our arrival in Dubai, where it’s […]
August 6, 2016

And we are away!

Currently at 36,000 feet somewhere near Indonesia, on our way to our first stop in Dubai. 
August 1, 2016

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