The thought process that saw us land in Bergamo went something like this: find somewhere on the map west of Lake Garda, but not too far west; don’t go as far as Milan; somewhere fairly central to other places would be good; ooh, we’ve heard of Bergamo! And that was that! Bergamo was supposed to be a quiet wee base for three days, but it turned out to be so much more than that…
You sometimes read or hear about a place being incredibly beautiful and wonder if it can really be as great as it’s claimed to be. Lake Garda is one of those places, and we were fortunate enough to visit it last week. From what we saw, the reports didn’t do it justice!
I suppose that for most people, the person who introduced them to the city of Verona is William Shakespeare, but not for me. For me, it was Lars Preben Elkjaer, a star striker for the Danish team that took the early part of the 1986 World Cup by surprise – and by storm. Elkjaer played for Verona at the time, and as a football-crazy kid that piece of useless trivia found a permanent place in my head.
John Berendt doesn’t write many books. In fact, as far as I can tell, he’s written two books since 1994. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a massive bestseller, and the way in which Berendt writes immerses the reader to such an extent
Planning a holiday is a funny thing; the world is so full of interesting places to go, it can be really hard to decide where to go. Beach holidays are fairly easy to plan – locate [enter random island or resort] on map, visit [enter whatever the last holiday company you saw advertised] website and,…… Continue reading Choices, Choices
There are many places I’ve ended up over the last number of years which have been unplanned and have taken me by surprise, such as Pigeon Forge (home of Dolly Parton!) and every inch of the Atlanta city ring road (too scared to attempt to turn off!). But the most surprising – and scary – place I’ve ended up…
Before: nerves, questions, cautious excitement. Will people be relaxed? Will they enjoy it? Is there anything we’ve planned that’s going to flop?
After: delight, relief, instant memories. People were relaxed, positive and in great spirits from beginning to end. Everything we planned seemed to work like a dream. And, just like that, the three days we had spent eleven months planning, passed.