Over the next few weeks I’m expecting to see some amazing places. But one of the things I was looking forward to most was flying First Class for the first leg to Singapore. Let me start by saying we didn’t pay for it, it was all done on points and we had to fly to Melbourne so we could get our First Class experience. We wined and dined in the Qantas First Class lounge having some Neil Perry fare. Then it was on board our Emirates A380 to Singapore. We were like bogan school kids who got to stay at […]
Being from Sydney it’s actually quite rare seeing the sun go down over the water – normally it’s the suburbs. Sure, we get great sunrises but sunsets are at a much more reasonable time of the day. We went to Adelaide recently for a wedding. Unfortunately I didn’t take my proper camera gear, so this is from a little point and shoot – and admittedly, taken after a belly full of beer at the wedding, and running across the road to the Largs Bay Pier when I saw the colours appearing.
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 around Lake Como. Yes, it was a three hour tour. No, the weather didn’t get rough and the tiny ship wasn’t tossed. We walked to the wharf, through the back streets of Bellagio where we are staying. Once aboard, Carlos, our captain, told us about some of the sights and villas before serving up a huge platter of cheese, meats and sandwiches. And a couple of bottles of wine. We watched the sun go […]
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 a glimpse. We are now in Lake Como, about an hour’s train ride from Milan. Lake Como is where some geezer called George Clooney has his summer residence. Apparently he also runs a coffee shop or something. It’s a beautiful area, and reminds me somewhat of Milford Sound in New Zealand, just with hotels, ferries and Americans. The view from our room is impressive to say the least. And we even got fireworks last […]
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 lagoon. The homes there were (apparently) originally painted bright colours so fishermen could spot their homes from the sea. Today, it’s done for the tourists more than anything. We also visited Murano, famous for Venitian glass.