australia travel guide: fitzroy island great barrier reef snorkeling excursion from cairns

Our second day in Cairns, Australia, was the best we had there, weather-wise. The torrential downpour had lessened to a spritz, but the water was so choppy that some poor souls on board were seasick. The excursion to Fitzroy Island was very laid-back. It included the boat ride to the island, snorkel gear rental (includingContinue reading “australia travel guide: fitzroy island great barrier reef snorkeling excursion from cairns”

italy travel tip: take a day trip to cinque terre from florence

I was almost finished putting the final touches on our itinerary for our big France/Spain/Italy trip in 2015 when the hubs came home and told me his friends, Tim and Claire, who had just had their own sweeping Italian adventure, insisted that we needed to go to Cinque Terre. I may have frowned at himContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a day trip to cinque terre from florence”

italy travel tip: take a private boat ride around capri

Out of all the things we did in Italy this May, the boat tour around Capri seems to be high on everyone’s list, and it’s not hard to see why: the turquoise water, the illuminating grottos, enormous houses built onto sheer whitewashed cliffsides… What’s not to love? I have now done Gianni’s Boat Tour twice: thisContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a private boat ride around capri”

italy travel guide: wander around the amalfi coast town of sorrento

As I mentioned in a previous post, when my husband and I stayed in Amalfi in 2015, we stayed in Praiano, which was quite a jog from Naples. This time, I was smarter in my planning. Amalfi is one of the most beautiful places in the world (at least in my humble opinion), but (justContinue reading “italy travel guide: wander around the amalfi coast town of sorrento”

italy travel tip: hire a private guide to tour the amalfi coast

One of the best things we did when we were in Amalfi was to hire a private tour guide. Our driver was Tony. He was fantastic. I cannot stress that enough. We had the van and driver all to ourselves. Tony kept up a running commentary pretty much the whole drive to each place. (HeContinue reading “italy travel tip: hire a private guide to tour the amalfi coast”