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Rollings Stones in Lucca

Published on November 12th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Within minutes of tickets going on sale, they were gone. That’s the way it is when the Rolling Stones come to town, and they were heading to the historic Tuscan town of Lucca just as we... Read More


Californian Wine Country

Published on October 29th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

The loss of lives and destruction of homes and businesses in the Californian wine country has been terrible to watch. We spent a happy month in California in 2005, most of it in the wine country... Read More


Ravello – Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Published on September 10th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Following on from the story last week about Italy’s Amalfi Coast and its beguiling beauty (despite being over-run with tourists like me), let’s make our way to Ravello, the Mother of all the beautiful towns on... Read More


Cassa Angelina – Praiano

Published on September 3rd, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

Un Piano Nel Cielo – the name of the restaurant at Casa Angelina, boutique hotel on the Amalfi coast – translates to ‘a floor in the sky.’ Now, doesn’t that tell you it will be quite... Read More


San Gimignano – Tuscany

Published on August 25th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

The anticipation of arrival in San Gimignano – perhaps the most popular of all the beautiful Tuscan towns – is almost as good as the visit. The beautiful countryside captures the Tuscan fantasy: olive groves, sunflower... Read More


Beware the Florentine Steak.

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by Ann Rickard

In Italy when it comes to trattorias, what you first see is not always what you get. A modest place with just a few tables and chairs outside its entrance often looks uninviting. But, as we... Read More

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