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Over-Tourism Choking To Death

Published on June 22nd, 2018 | by Ann Rickard

I doubt any tourist could be in the centre of a popular destination and not feel concern about over-tourism. We are slowly choking to death most of the places we love to visit. Venice is probably... Read More


Summer in Italy for Festival Lovers

Published on June 2nd, 2018 | by Ann Rickard

Going beneath the walls that surround Lucca, is not an everyday opportunity. The walls that are synonymous with the lovely Tuscan town are solid, apart from 11 bastions (or ramparts) around the four kilometres of the... Read More


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

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