Travel Spot - Sorrento Charm

If you were wondering why I do "travel spots" on my blog, it is because I have been to too many overrated places while traveling and wasted a perfectly good day, while I could have seen something of much greater value that is less famous or advertised.

My purpose is to highlight the less "touristy" places, where I was able to enjoy myself, take in breathtaking scenery, saw something worth remembering and enjoy the places less visited.

Italy will always be one of my favourite spots, especially the south of Italy. That is where I visited the absolutely breathtaking city of Sorrento. Although this is not exactly a "hidden gem", it is still quieter than for example Rome or Venice, and in close proximity of many wonderful destinations. It's location makes Sorrento a perfect base to stay, while exploring the south of Italy.

Here are a few personal reasons of why I think you should visit or stay in Sorrento:

1. Although Italy is famous for it's delicious ice-creams, the variety here was just mind blowing! Perfect to cool you down on a hot summer's day.

2. Because it's coastline has mainly cliffs, most of the hotels are built very high and it gives you spectacular views over the Mediterranean sea.

3. They have the most exquisite wood inlay works here -from coffee tables to beds. In fact, the shopping down town in the heart of Sorrento is so much fun, you can find almost anything there, and enough deli's to keep you motivated.

4. You can take a day trip to the Isle of Capri from here on a boat. If you leave early in the morning, you have a full day to explore this beautiful island (which by the way feels much more Greek than Italian), the Blue caves (or Blue Grotto) and the interesting shopping in it's narrow uneven and very steep cobble streets.

5. Another breathtaking trip from here, is to explore the Amalfi Coast line. You can use a car, but I suggest renting a Vespa to really explore the area at a slower pace. Pack a picnic basket, or stop at the beautiful town of Positano en route to get some delicacies, because this trip should be savoured like a good wine. There are multiple places to stop along the road, so take your time to appreciate the magnificent views. You'll see many tiny islands off the coast, some of which are inhabited by the rich and famous like Rudolf Nureyev . There are also no shortage of olive plantations.

6. A bit further, but still a comfortable day trip, is Pompeii. This city was buried under volcanic ash after mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, and rediscovered in 1748. It is amazing how well preserved everything is, and incredible to think that a moment in time was frozen in history. A very interesting historical outing.

7. As I have mentioned before, the cliff-side of Sorrento is it's biggest charm, so grab a bottle of Italian red wine (it is really good and doesn't have tannin in it like most other wines, which means that you will not have a headache the next day) and witness a spectacular sunset over the sea!

Buon giorno!

Farm Girl Blues

So here I sit, in tears over the death of a nameless little lamb of two days old, and all my childhood memories came flooding back. There were three orphaned lambs that were just too weak to survive on their own during this exceptionally cold winter and had to be hand reared. Despite our best efforts, one of them died this morning. It's really just part of nature, but still it evokes strong emotions as you witness it.

A Little Deeper

"There are days when your life clouds over, and the world gets so dark that all at once you can't tell night from day.

There are times, when your heart cries 'this isn't happening', but the truth is cold and real, and I know this storm won't go away." - Miss Saigon

Sometimes we only grow and learn when we are going through adversity, and our character gets tested and developed in those moments. As hard as it is to get through, it is some of the most defining moments in your life. Looking back, those are also the moments that now make me smile. 

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The Sisterhood of the Travelling Smartie Pants

People often ask me for travelling advice before they leave on a trip. I guess they think I have debugged my travelling program because I travel so much, but the truth is quite far from it...

Unbeknownst to them, I still battle with jet lag, packing too many items and not being able to sleep on a plane (but that's because of the movies ;-). I once woke up in my bed after returning from a 40 hour flight, to find that I cut my hair off in a jet lag / sleepwalking haze. Not a pretty sight!

Food, Glorious Food!

"Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with total abandon, or not at all." - Van Horne

Food, or rather entertaining with good food, has always played a big part in my life. From childhood memories to great joy in my adult life. Cooking for me is not a job, it is a passion I love to share with everyone close to me. I love entertaining guests, not just for experimenting with new ideas and recipes, but the feeling of togetherness, comfort, celebration of life and sharing stories with loved ones around a very loud table, with a good glass of wine in hand. Life is so endlessly delicious!

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