And when I thought of Florence, it was like a miracle city embalmed and like a corolla, because it was called the city of lilies and its cathedral, St. Mary of the Flowers Marcel Proust In our previous posts we talked about how much we enjoyed the city of Florence – its various piazzas, palazzos […]

Taking part in the Life in Colour Challenge (https://traveltalk.me.uk/2020/12/31/life-in-colour-photo-challenge-2021/) This month we will be looking for Black or Grey. Black is not a colour at all. Theoretically it is the absence of all colour. Yet black is distinctive. Lines are bolder, shadows deeper, colours brighter against a black background. I see a red door And I want it painted […]

In our previous post we discovered the popular sights and sounds as we sauntered through the city. This time we would work around the margins of the centre of Florence to see what else we could find. The Mercato Sant’Ambrogio is known as Florence’s second market. Second after the Mercato Centrale and its tourist market. […]

Taking part in the Life in Colour Challenge (https://traveltalk.me.uk/2020/12/31/life-in-colour-photo-challenge-2021/) This month we will be looking for orange. One of the most vibrant colours, orange is zingy and fresh. It’s a warm colour, friendly and inviting. Soft at dawn, but louder at sunset. From the palest of peaches and apricots through to copper, rust, salmon-pink and terracotta, […]

Few images from our trip to Florence in September 2019. Interior shots of the Duomo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore The Ponte Vecchio stretching across the Arno River. Piazzale Michelangelo and its bronze replica Michelangelo’s David. 

Our Taxi from Firenza Santa Maria Novella Train Station drove past an open square with a single statue in the middle of a circle of trees – Piazza della Indipendenza. It had changed very little in the preceding 12 years. The last time we were here the watchful gaze of Ubaldini Peruzzi’s Statue (He was […]

Taking part in the Life in Colour Challenge (https://traveltalk.me.uk/2020/12/31/life-in-colour-photo-challenge-2021/) This month we will be looking for red. One of the primary colours, red often indicates danger. It is pure energy, loud, demanding to be seen. Think of a red ladybird, a red rose, autumn leaves and a sunset. Passion. A heart.

September 2019 We had only been back in Europe in January 2019, so it was reasonable to assume we would not be back for another year or so. There had also been a few visitors from home lined up for the Xmas and New Year coming – so definately no other trip on the cards. […]

Continuing on from the last post. One of my favourite Martial Arts movies was partly filmed in Bangkok. 1989s Kickboxer star Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD) as Kurt Sloane. The action begins with Jean Claude in Bangkok to act as the cornerman for his brother Eric (played by former World Kickboxing Champion Dennis Alexio) upcoming  […]

Few images from my trip to Lake Como in September 2019. Watch out for our upcoming Italian arc on JKRoaming.com Church on the hill ( I think this is in Brunate). Taken from the Lake on a misty morning. Villa Olmo, Como. Eagle Statue in the gardens of Villa Olmo, Como. Cathedrale di Santa Maria […]

Throwback to our time in Hiroshima, Japan and a late night visit to a Retro Gaming Bar. You can read more about our trip here.

A selection of National Park walks in New South Wales Winter days in Australia bring temperatures in the late teens to mid-20s and when it is also a dry day it is perfect weather to go on a hike. With 870 National Parks to choose from in NSW there is no excuse not to. Chasing […]

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Bilbo Baggins, The Felowship of the Ring My first foray into the lore of Middle Earth was in 1996. JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit was on the […]

Chicago is known as the Windy City – but another place can claim the title to be the Real Windy City. The last part of our New Zealand trip would involve a trip to the most southernmost capital city in the world and the windiest city by average wind speed.(completely true!) – Wellington. In keeping […]

We started our journey that morning by boat – crossing back across the Kenepuru Sound to our hire car, where we left it, parked next to the Te Mahia jetty. Our drive brought us back through Havelock and along Highway 6 towards Pelorus Bridge before we took a big right turn and the road to […]