Couple Looking out to Sea from a Window at the Church of St Peter

Travel Postcard – Porto Venere and Manarola

After a couple of days exploring the Cinque Terre by train it was time to go a little further afield and with fine sunny weather and calm seas a trip to Porto Venere by boat seemed to be in order.  So, I headed down to the harbour in Riomaggiore and booked my ticket for the […]

Travel Postcard – From Vernazza to Monterosso

After the short train ride (mainly through tunnels) from Riomaggiore, I wandered down Vernazza’s busy main street to the harbour and the pretty Santa Margherita Church before exploring the colourful alleyways leading up from the harbour towards the castle. By this time of day it was starting to get rather warm, so the shade of the narrow […]

Riomaggiore Rooftops with the Church of St John the Baptist

Travel Postcard – A Stroll Around Riomaggiore

The train from Turin arrived at La Spezia more or less on time but with the end of day crowds at the station I didn’t quite have enough time to catch the connection back one stop to Riomaggiore but this gave me time to visit the Cinque Terre office and pick up a map and […]

National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento in Palazzo Carignano

Travel Postcard – A Morning in Turin

Night had already fallen the previous evening by the time I’d arrived on the TGV from Paris and checked in to my hotel, so there was no chance of a dusk photo shoot, but after a bite to eat I wandered round the clean and spacious floodlit squares in the centre of Turin to get […]

Fountain in Place des Vosges

Travel Postcard – Lunch in Paris…

A cheap flight to Pisa would probably have been the quickest way to start off my recent trip to the Cinque Terre on Italy’s lovely Ligurian coast, but as it was a birthday trip I wanted to do something a bit special and opted for travelling overland by train, which has always been my favourite […]