Month: May 2016

Places I Remember – Ukraine

Places I Remember – Ukraine

There are places I’ll remember, all my life, though some have definitely changed! Some for ever, not for better, some are gone off the prudent-traveller map, and some remain. Some are no longer as safe as you would like, especially bearing in mind that your travel insurance is not valid if you travel to areas with certain Department of Foreign […]

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Places I Remember – Mauritania

There are places I’ll remember, all my life, though some have definitely changed! Some for ever, not for better, some are gone off the prudent-traveller map, and some remain. Some are no longer as safe as you would like, especially bearing in mind that your travel insurance is not valid if you travel to areas with certain Department of Foreign […]

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Florence is OK, I Guess

Florence is OK, I Guess

When I first arrived into Florence, I did not like it. D.H. Lawrence’s description of the “tired flower of Florence” floated around in my head as my taxi from the airport passed endless decaying dun-coloured buildings, render falling off walls whose every surface was lavishly covered with black and grey graffiti; as sweat trickled down my legs, and traffic surged […]

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Fabulous Fiesole

Fabulous Fiesole

On the last morning of a five-day visit to Florence, the Solo Lady Traveller fled the grey granite walls and crowded footpaths of the city, jumped on the Number 7 bus from Piazza San Marco and took a 20-minute ride across the Arno River and up the winding road to Fiesole, through gardens spilling over high walls enclosing lovely villas, impressionist glimpses […]

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