A few of the old CLEO crew - such a joy to see them, it's been five years since we caught up.

Damn you, insomnia

I thought I’d vanquished the beast, but insomnia has come back to battle me over the last three nights. I toss and I turn in my hermetically sealed hotel room. My head is full of thoughts that I can’t quiet. My chest is full of emotions that are equally noisy. I tried to walk myself […]

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Unfamiliar territory

It’s weird being back in my old Singapore neighbourhood. So much is the same, but so much has changed. All the market and food stalls still cluster around the surrounding streets. The pungent scent of durian still wafts through the air. The same waiters still grimly take my order at Fatty’s as my old apartment […]

Singapore beer o clock.

And then there was one

Much like the rest of our holiday, we crammed a bloody lot into our last day together. DD rested his weary head for 12 HOURS until I started going mad with boredom and slammed the bathroom door. Then he sent me out in search of coffee – he doesn’t cope well without caffeine and isn’t […]

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Steamy goodbye

Hello from Singapore! We booked a stopover in the city when DD thought he had a conference there … But it got cancelled. Damn! So he’s flying home today and I’m hanging around until Friday. I wish he could stay, but it’s his son’s 18th birthday and he wants to be there to give him […]

The view from the train to Zurich.

Swiss frank

Today’s post is an educational one. It’s about ways to avoid being bankrupted by a stay in Switzerland. I discovered most of the tips retrospectively. Bummer. Switzerland is a very beautiful country, but also a VERY expensive one. Very, very, very expensive. You know how your local pub has a $10 schnitty special on Tuesdays? […]

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Such an amazing trip through the alps

Our Italian adventure ended spectacularly yesterday with a UNESCO listed train journey through the Swiss Alps aboard the Bernina Express. Before we headed to the border train station in Tirano we squeezed in a quick ride on the funicular that transports residents and tourists between Como and Brunate. It takes 7 minutes on a track […]

View from the ferry ride.

Bellisimo Bellagio

Our delight in yesterday crept up and caught us by surprise. We weren’t expecting much from the day: a long freeway trek from Villa Campestri to Brunate, a hilltop town overlooking Lake Como. But it became one of our favourite experiences of the trip. First we stopped for cappuccinos in the UNESCO listed town square […]

The dome of the Baptistery.

Florence flip out

Now, don’t get me wrong, Florence is absolutely gorgeous. But I didn’t fall in love with the city. Sacrilege! I think I’ve become a smaller town girl. Perhaps my expectations were too high. So many people told me how amazing it was. Maybe it’s like seeing too many previews of a movie and the real […]

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Falling in love with Lucca

We had the most unexpectedly lovely afternoon in Lucca yesterday. The town was once the hub of silk production in Italy and is filled with churches and rich merchants’ towers. The merchants built the towers with single rooms on each floor: bottom commercial, second living, third bedroom, etc and kitchen at the top with a […]

Me in the wild thermal Spring - wow!

Lost in Tuscany

There are waaaaaay worse places to be lost than Tuscany, so I’m not complaining (too much) about how many times we misplaced our route yesterday. But let me start at the beginning. Our gorgeous country retreat does everything so so well. Breakfast even includes a huge honeycomb dispensing the local sticky stuff. Classy! After brekkie […]