Category Europe

Return to Florence Part 1

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 […]

Milan

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. […]

Monochrome Monday: Como, Italy

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 […]

There and Back Again – Falkirk and Fife

Chariots of Fire During our Hogmanay Hootananny in Pitcarlie House we found ourselves a short drive from a lovely spot of Scotland. Located between Dundee and Edinburgh is the coastal town of St Andrews and it’s West Sands Beach. This provided the perfect spot for a brisk walk and chance to blow out the cobwebs […]

Yes, but what about Second Christmas Dinner?

The main benefits of being in an ‘International’ relationship is that every trip home involves two locations – two families and particularly at Christmas – two dinners 🙂 This year would be no exception. The Scottish leg of our home trip began with a night in Shawlands staying with Dan and Laura where we had […]

A Very Irish Christmas

December 2018 Normally when we fly into Dublin it is not the end of our journey, but the beginning of the end – a 3 hour car journey awaits us back to Midleton. This time would be different. We had one more stop to make before heading back to the Rebel County. 24km west of […]

Vienna Part 2: Music, Museums and More Markets

Throughout the course of human history, different cities became hubs for various strands of human endeavour. Florence was the crucible in which the Renaissance flourished. Venice and Xian, two cities seperated by distance and cultures became powerhouses thanks to their locations at either end of the Silk Road.  Videogames (and their records) have their capital […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December 2018 As we boarded our Qatar Airways flight in Sydney I was caught humming the tune to Driving Home for Christmas. Chris Rea at his best! This would be our first flight / drive for Christmas in Europe since 2015. Our first Christmas in Europe together 🙂 But not quite yet. We take a slightly […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lock

This week’s photo challenge Luckily for us it had  since been rebuilt and would allow us to ford the Danube and reach our next destinations. But before we moved on we had to leave our mark. Similar to the Pont des Arts in Paris and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Istvan Szechenyi Chain […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

“Every pulse of your heartbeat is one liquid moment that flows through the veins of your being. Like a river of life flowing on since creation, approaching the sea with each new generation” – Don McLean –  

The Stopover Who Loved Me

Some last minute logistics meant that Karen would fly home a different route from John back to Sydney. Karen’s Journey went smoothly. No delays, connections made, back before she knew what hit her. John’s Journey? Well that’s a little tale all in itself. EI-175 is one of Aer Lingus’s busier routes. It connect Dublin International […]

Into the West

It was one of those glorious Irish Summer days, the entire southwest of the country basked in glorious overcast weather. The scales between catching pneumonia and sunstroke were in perfect balance. Perfect weather for a day trip. After wolfing down some breakfast we moved as a family unit to the car outside. Before we knew […]

Fright of the Earls: Kinsale and Charles Fort

It was many years before That the Spaniards quartered there But the English beat O’Neill And our Irish hopes lay bare   At the mouth of the river Bandon is a small town. What began as a viking trading post over time became a small settlement and finally the walled town of Cionn tSaile – […]

East Side Story

Jet lag: a physiological condition that dramatically affects your sleep pattern and wrecks the first few days of any trip from Australia to Europe as you speed across 10 time zones.  Remedies for this malady range from Tamazepam to “a bit of plain toast and de-fizzed 7-up”. Luckily we arrived in Scotland first this time […]

Inside Out: Art of Glasgow

Glasgow has always been a second home for Karen. A lot of her family are living there. She grew up riding the train to Glasgow for shopping trips and then to attend University. It was the city she moved to for her first job, becoming a Town Mouse for a number of years before moving […]