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On travelling slow, alone

I’m a strong advocate of taking the time to travel solo when one has the chance, and I’d recommend it even more to those with a family, because we all know how hard it is to claim a piece of time and space that is nobody’s but your own when your family became a permanent fixture in your life. 416 more words


Spanish sun, where have you gone?

The summer is fast departing and little Roxy and I have still not reconciled with the fact our time in Spain has ended. The thought that it’ll be another year before we again see our beloved summer place is too painful to bear. 461 more words


Il Dolce Far Niente

‘Il Dolce Far Niente’ translates as ‘Sweet Idleness’, ‘The sweetness of doing nothing’, or perhaps the feeling that doing nothing can be a positive rather than a negative ‘activity’.   347 more words


Dolce far niente

It’s official, we’re enduring a heat wave similar to that of 2003, La Grande Canicule, which this time is appropriately called Lucifer. The problem with heatwaves is that it’s too hot to do much of anything, particularly housework. 491 more words


Dolce far Niente

They say, “Traveling – it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.” I have a story for you. It’s a story of nothing. 530 more words


Home for the Holidays

Being based in the Middle East, the major public holidays are centred around the Islamic festivals of Eid al Fitr, and Eid al Adha. The first of these, Eid al Fitr occurs at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and affords us a few days off, which this year we decided to take at our home in Gabiano, Italy – a place we affectionally call The Greenhouse. 500 more words

Expat Lifestyle

169: Mangoes, Litchis, And Jimmy

There’s nothing more my life revolves around right now than these three loves.

I’ve lost all sense of time and do not know which day I’m at and how far along my holiday in the hills has gone. 110 more words