Author Archives: John Rose
A wedding in Chianti! The event had arrived. The (main) reason we had decided to travel to just Italy on this trip to Europe – the wedding of John and Joey. The shortest commute of the trip began with the 19114 Train to Empoli. Thirty minutes after we boarded we found ourselves outside the train […]
Posting from a recent visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, New South Wales
After our trip to Florence we had an extra day before we had to make our way to John and Joey’s wedding in Cinciano. A quick check of the map and transport possibilities afforded us the chance to visit somewhere that was on the Bucket List – the medieval citadel of Siena. We departed the […]
Taking a break from the city of Florence afforded us an opportunity to visit nearby Lucca on the train. Located 75km due west and on the banks of the Serchio River in a fertile plain near the Liguria Sea this one time rival to the Republic of Florence lies. This makes it ideal to visit, […]
Posting from our Summer 2021 trip to the Southern Highlands and South Coast. Fitzroy Falls near Kangaroo Valley and Tallowa Dam with the first JKRoaming appearance of our son Cillian.
Taking part in the Life in Colour Challenge (https://traveltalk.me.uk/2020/12/31/life-in-colour-photo-challenge-2021/) The world is a kaleidoscope of colour so this month let’s celebrate that with the brightest / most colourful images you can find. Mostly street art this month with some birds thrown in and a few other sights as well. You’ll never find a rainbow. if you are […]
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 […]