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The adventures of the Mel

My thoughts on Croatia

CROATIA | Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 | Views [643] | Comments [1]

I'll keep this brief, namely because I've been tapping out the Dubrovnik tale for the past hour and my hands are a little sore. Croatia was an amazingly beautiful country and I'm sad I only had two weeks to experience it in. It's full of not only ... Read more >


Dazzling Dubrovnik

CROATIA | Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 | Views [666]

Yes, I like alliteration. Shut it. I'm obviously writing this retrospectively (again - why do I do this to myself??) but it's taken me ages to find the time....we kinda hit the ground running. So, where were we?? After getting off the ferry we ... Read more >


Hanging out on Vis (warning: long and includes rant)

CROATIA | Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | Views [990] | Comments [1]

I’m sitting on the ferry that will take us from Vis back to Split, from where we will drive to Dubrovnik, and I can’t believe that week is over already. Only another three nights till we board a plane, and only another 30 or so hours after ... Read more >


Getting to Vis

CROATIA | Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | Views [626] | Comments [3]

After the long day we had at Plitvice, we were not not looking forward to the day of travel in order to get to Vis. We very casually got ready in the morning, I tried to frantically upload some photos but ended up getting booted out of the accommodations ... Read more >


The gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park

CROATIA | Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | Views [1321] | Comments [3]

Hope you’re all enjoying the terrible weather back home. I won’t rub it in by talking about how beautifully sunny and close to 30 degrees it is here. Because I’m a nice, caring person. I imagine by now many of you have seen my ... Read more >


Welcome to Hrvatska.

CROATIA | Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | Views [478] | Comments [2]

How is it that I didn't know that Croatia was the name that we give the country? It took me about two hours to realise that Hrvatska is the country's native name. I blame it on my jet-lag, which seems to have hit me hard this time round. Yes, I ... Read more >


The end....sigh.

ITALY | Sunday, 24 Oct 2010 | Views [730] | Comments [1]

Okay, so this is a LITTLE delayed. At least when I write things retrospectively it means I don’t blab on so much. If you breathe a word about me and blabbing and retrospect not making a difference, I will come and smack you down. Well, I might glare ... Read more >


Le Cinque Terre revisited

ITALY | Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | Views [667] | Comments [1]

Go go Gadget blog writer! Abracadabra?! Ummm....here’s one I prepared earlier? Sigh. You know, one would think that this would be easier considering the number of posts that I have written. Mind you, one might also think that I ... Read more >


Lovely Lucca

ITALY | Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | Views [568] | Comments [1]

I’m sitting in the B&B in Lucca and not wanting to leave this place. Today is our last day here and then we’re off to Le Cinque Terre. Sure, it’s beautiful and great, but I had forgotten how much I love this place. Last time Andrew and I only ... Read more >


Fabulous Firenze

ITALY | Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | Views [354] | Comments [1]

Okay, so I clearly didn’t post the day after. Ah...what are you gonna do? Currently in Lucca (which I will write about next) and thought I’d better jot down a few thoughts about Firenze before they flitter away <insert witty comment bagging my usual ... Read more >


I Chianti...

ITALY | Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | Views [539] | Comments [1]

I really need to make more of an attempt to update this blasted thing every day! Currently in Firenze and enjoying what has so far been a very lazy day. Tess is off at the Uffizi gallery and I have been updating photos and all things internet for the ... Read more >


Misty San Gimignano

ITALY | Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | Views [559] | Comments [2]

San Gimignano (Or St. Jimmy’s as we have termed it) is a gorgeous town about 30 km northwest of Siena.   It is famous for its towers – Of the original 72 towers built in the middle ages in a ‘mine is bigger/prettier/more manly than yours’ contest by ... Read more >


Marvellous Montalcino

ITALY | Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | Views [543] | Comments [2]

So where was I? Oh yes.....vino. Montalcino is known for its Brunello wine, arguably the best in the world. I was not disappointed. But I’ll get to that shortly. For some strange reason unknown to anyone rational, we decided to get up at 6:00 am ... Read more >


Outskirts of Siena

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [514] | Comments [2]

For a rest day, we ended up doing a lot. Okay, maybe not a lot, but a lot for a rest day. I’m tired! How did that happen?? Stupid faux rest day. Slept in, had eggs, mushies and cado for brekkie – really needed a savoury breakfast. Those crazy Italians ... Read more >


Return to Siena

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [524] | Comments [1]

So up bright and early to head into Siena. And when I say bright and early, what I really mean is wake up, roll over and get up when we bloody well feel like it. We took the bus into the city centre (and got annoyed when we saw that it passed out the ... Read more >


The day which shall not be named

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [524] | Comments [1]

This day sucked. This day sucked like no day has sucked before. Okay, it wasn’t quite that bad, but it definitely takes the title of suckiest day so far. In the morning we had to farewell Lanfranco and Marcella, and ... Read more >


A day trip to Perugia

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [747] | Comments [2]

It has just occurred to me that I haven’t mentioned our new travel buddy! We met him in Rome and as fate would have it, he also turned up in Assisi and has decided to accompany us for what I hope to be the rest of our trip. He may even come home with ... Read more >


The amazing Assisi (part two)

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [686] | Comments [2]

<continued from previous page> Unfortunately the first thing we noticed was the plethora of tourist buses and accompanying tourist swarms. Fortunately the second thing we noticed was that these swarms were heading toward their individual buses ... Read more >


The amazing Assisi (part one)

ITALY | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [667] | Comments [2]

I’m sitting in the private living/dining area of the beautiful B&B Tess and I have scored for our time here in Assisi. We had no idea that we would have what is essentially an apartment to ourselves. It is half of the downstairs ... Read more >


Rome, sweet Rome.

ITALY | Saturday, 25 Sep 2010 | Views [542] | Comments [4]

For a trip that has involved so little rushing around, I sure have been slack at keeping you guys informed. Perhaps I just don't want to rub it in your faces. Perhaps! I'm sitting at my window watching and listening to Rome wake up, the noisy little ... Read more >


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