An evening on Hydra

What water! I plunged into its depths and almost immediately the ground gave way beneath me. I was completely surrounded by water fathom’s deep. I had heard people speak and read about swimming in waters such as these. The blue, they say can be so intense that you loose all sense of your bearings, of …

Cretan house hunting

We arrived on Crete about ten days ago and since then we’ve been in and out of short term lets and if I’m honest, that sort of living can get a bit tiring. Even though we are in ‘holiday’ mode at the moment, it’s difficult to put it out of your head that you’re going …

Ancona

Our ferry was due to depart at 17:30 from the port of Ancona. I woke up pretty refreshed given the size of the bed we had slept in. Strangely, I decided to take advantage of the general sense of optimism about the place by going for an early morning run. It was Easter Monday and …

Ravenna

I was last in Ravenna about a decade ago during a year long stay in Bologna as an Erasmus┬ástudent. Ravenna is sort of a funny destination for the traveller. It’s relatively small and not many would rate it alongside cities like Rome or Paris in terms of things to see and do, and yet Ravenna …

Padua

We left Lake Bled about midday on Friday amid a heavy rain shower. I wouldn’t call it a storm exactly. There was no wind or menace really – just a lot of rain. Kind of like that heavy but background rain you get in Connemara. The roads in this part of the world are excellent …

Munich

A bit foolishly perhaps, we had only booked a single night in the Art Hotel and after breakfast – which was very fine incidentally, typically German – we discovered that we would need to find a new place for the rest of our stay as the Art was fully booked. As it happened, after the …

Normandy

I woke up this morning rested and refreshed. Lena didn’t mention it in her previous mail (probably because she slept right through the whole thing) but the crossing over from Rosslare to Cherbourg was pretty choppy and I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep. Our cabin was at the very front of the ship …