July 2022

In early July we were still in Italy, for our long holiday. I stared blogging about our travels and finished recounting about Verona, which was my favourite city. We’ve been to: Flora and Zazie (vegan and vegetarian restaurants), Castelvecchio museum (art gallery in a 14-th century castle), The Roman Theatre (includes a medieval monastery), Casa […]

Doge's Palace interior court

Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace is one of the best known landmarks in Venice. It was the first place we saw on our visit to the city. The oldest building dates back to the 11th century. There is so much to see, from the beautiful rooms with stunning ceilings to the jail underneath, the Bridge of Sight. I’ve […]

Rydal Mount - exterior

Rydal Mount & Gardens

Rydal Mount was William Wordsworth’s loved family home, where he lived for the greater part of his life, from 1813 to his death in 1850. The house dates from the sixteenth century and I shared pictures from inside the house and from the gardens too, where he composed his poetry. It’s a lovely place to […]

View of Verona


Today I’m sharing a round-up of Verona. It is my favourite city in Italy, from the ones I’ve been to. I liked it more than Venice, so that’s indicative of how amazing I think it is. So far I blogged about locations in Verona. I shared my views on two restaurants, Flora (vegan) and Zazie […]

My garden in July

My garden in July

A quick update on my garden. I’ve added a few more plants to replace the ones that did not make it through the winter. I also have veggies growing in the garden, which was not what I wanted. I bought 3 “small” tomato plants for the conservatory, to raise in pots and now they are […]

Vgloso - interior


We arrived at the hotel a bit late, so by the time we were ready to go out it was nearly closing time. We went to Vgloso, a lovely vegan restaurant in mainland Venice. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. They said that we can dine in even if it goes over the closing […]

Steam Yacht Gondola

Steam Yacht Gondola

A trip with the Steam Yacht Gondola is just splendid. It lasts for an hour and forty minutes and there is a guide who tells stories about local people, from poets and authors to the Romanian inventor who lived nearby during WWII to the man who broke the speed records more than once. I will […]



Flora is a vegan restaurant in Verona, also gluten free. I loved our dinner there, it was just perfect before going to see Carmen at the Opera. Arena di Verona is only a few minutes away. I have only praises for them, the food was delicious and the service was spot-on. I would love to […]


Opera at the Arena, Verona

I love opera, since I was a teenager I loved going to the opera. It’s obvious that I was so excited by the prospect of seeing Carmen at the Arena di Verona. We visited the Arena during the daytime, so I’m sharing quite a few photos from that very special day. The Roman Amphitheatre was […]

view of the courtyard from above

Castelvecchio Museum, Verona

Castelvecchio Museum is a gorgeous museum housed in a mid-14th century castle. It was built on top of a fortress, most likely Roman. Verona was partitioned between the French and the Austrians in the 19th century and Castelvecchio was used by the French who were trying to defend themselves. Many works of art were taken […]