When you hear about beautiful places it’s almost natural to imagine towering mountains, golden beaches, glittering lakes or thundering waterfalls; it’s not quite so natural to imagine a city. However, five minutes in the centre of Florence turns that completely on its head.


The Salt Taste Test

I really enjoy cooking. It’s not that I’m especially good at it, but I enjoy experimenting, producing something a bit different and, hopefully, edible. One discovery that completely changed the way I cook was sea salt, first introduced to me in Paris by Jacques Rivron

That’s a lot of days since 21 July 1977…! 

Just for fun, here’s a list of 40 of some of the best or most interesting things I’ve experienced. They’re not achievements (please spare me from being that vain) and, by and large, they won’t specifically mention other people….

So, in no particular order (other than the first one!), here are 40 highlights that come to mind now (the list might be different next week!):

1 Getting…


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…