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Sugar Coated Discoveries

Sometimes it is a case of not seeing and needing to be shown.  On our recent trip to Bundaberg, I spent my time looking for inspiration. Our friends J & G decided to take us on a more 'local' tour to find the things I...

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Bundaberg…Sweet or Sour?

[caption id="attachment_333" align="alignnone" width="460"] north end of Kelly's Beach, Bargara[/caption] My mother's friends have asked her, 'Why is Sarah going to Bundaberg?'. It's not exactly on the Queensland tourist map. We've visited before, just last year. Friends moved here to their little patch of paradise high atop...

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The Power of Pompeii

[caption id="attachment_311" align="alignnone" width="460"] Pompeii 2013[/caption] We've left it until the last day to visit Pompeii. We leave Positano by about 1pm and travel via private transfer to the ruins. We have precisely 2 hours to do a speedy tour on our way to Rome and...

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Day Trippers on Capri

The Isle of Capri is on all of our bucket lists. I think it's on most bucket lists when you come to this part of the world. We take the ferry over on a sunny morning and arrive at the bustling port. It's teeming with...

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Allora Amalfi

We fly into Naples on a clear Spring morning and have a private transfer organised to Positano. We number five, as our group has split for 3 days to explore other places. We drive past the silent spectre of Mt Vesuvius. It looms - and...

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Farewell Sicily

  It was an exhausting finish to our food tour of Sicily, but we wind up, literally, at Taormina - a stylish, tourist mecca north of Catania. It's accessed by a windy mountain road, with sheer drops at the side of the bus that make us...

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Wine and Tomatoes

Sicily is a bit of a food bowl for Italy - and its signature crop is tomatoes. We visit a couple of tomato farms and briefly duck into an eggplant farm, to find richly coloured vegetables that are much brighter and vividly purple than...

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Oh…and Sunday night

The bit about us being rockstars in a seaside village that doesn't see many international tourists, and even less tourists with blonde hair - is not an exaggeration. The village is pumping and the piazza is swollen with people, clustered or strolling - all with one...

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Family Day

There are moments when emotions take over. We have been welcomed into the village like rockstars. Where are you from? They ask. Australia, we reply. Ahhhhh. They nod but they look a bit confused. With exception of one of us we are all blonde or...

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Sausages and Bananas

[caption id="attachment_160" align="alignnone" width="460"] Carmel Ruggeri at Foglotto[/caption] [caption id="attachment_169" align="alignnone" width="460"] Quintessential Italian Fiat[/caption] Yesterday we visited a specialty butcher in a village called Chiaramonte - known as the Balcony of Sicily. We wound our way up in the bus, only to need fresh air at...

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