My Summer in Naples, Italy

  In 1999, I was in Paris, hanging out at a hostel with my friends (and generally finding my traveller feet), when I got an offer to nanny for a family my dad knew in Naples.  I couldn’t afford to get there, so my dad

Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

  I have been dreaming of driving the Pacific Coast Highway since I saw Doris Day in ‘Move Over, Darling’ (although I recently read that the footage was not of Monterey, but of the coast down near LA).  Then I read Jack Kerouac and Henry

Art and Tapas in Madrid

  Madrid was a birthday present to myself – giving myself holidays for my birthday is a bit of a tradition! I have wanted to visit Madrid for years, since I studied Art History at university, the Prado and others was on my ‘museum hit

Tips for Road-Tripping with a Dog

  As my dog has gotten older, he’s become a bit more crotchety and particular about his routine (as we all do as we age!), so leaving him regularly with a dog-sitter just doesn’t work so well anymore.  And since we recently bought a house

Visiting Rome for the First Time

  Rome, Italy, is a stunningly beautiful city – particularly the juxtaposition between the ancient roman sites and the modern day city.  It is also chaotic, frenetic, crowded and very hot in Summer – but all these things are forgivable because it is a magical