High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train Part 3: The Venetian Vogalonga

Our time in Venice was magical from the moment we floated in our highspeed Frecciarossa train to the the time of our departure in the middle of the city’s famous Vogalonga boat race. That doesn’t even tell the story of the beautiful churches, palaces, galleries and food. Read on for more! Continue reading High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train Part 3: The Venetian Vogalonga

High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train Part 2: The Miracle in Milan

We arrived in to Milan’s magnificently grand Centrale station to dark clouds that never lifted for more than the briefest of moments during our time in Milan. That said, the beautiful buildings and delicious dining we experienced certainly lifted the spirits. Continue reading High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train Part 2: The Miracle in Milan

High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train Part 1: Turin Shrouded in Fog

We arrived into a wet and miserable Turin with low expectations thinking it would just be the gateway to the greatness we had planned for later on. Instead we were wowed with some of the best food on our trip and a couple of amazing museums. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we enjoyed visiting. Continue reading High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train Part 1: Turin Shrouded in Fog

High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train: Intro The Trip to France

Introduction And Planning It was 2016 and in May of that year by hook or by crook Anne-So and I were about to celebrate a significant anniversary. It was also a round birthday for Anne-So’s now late mother. That meant that we’d have to combine the two events and as much as I was reluctant to do so at the time, I’m gladder and gladder … Continue reading High Speed Trains and Slow Food – Italy and France by Train: Intro The Trip to France

Coffee In Catalonia Part 4: The Englishman That Went Up A Hill Then Got On Some Fast Trains

It was our last day in Barcelona and we wanted to see it all before our high speed escape by rail. So we did the only logical thing and took the cable car up to the top of Montjuic and lorded it over the magnificent city one last time! Continue reading Coffee In Catalonia Part 4: The Englishman That Went Up A Hill Then Got On Some Fast Trains

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 5: A Bandit’s Retreat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey

They say that true luxury is doing the simple things well. To some that may mean a marble bathroom, high thread counts or Michelin starred cuisine and whilst I love all these things this was not the luxury on offer at Our Land. Instead we were surrounded by nature on our own little island in the Alleppey backwaters where three times a day we’d be served the most exquisite freshly cooked and caught South Indian food. All simple and executed to perfection. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 5: A Bandit’s Retreat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 4: Fishing Nets And Food Poisoning In Fort Cochin

Whilst we had a bit of a nightmare stay at the Aloft, being able to get online again was invaluable as not only did we discover the preventable reason for the hotel messing up our station pick up, but more importantly we were able to check up on our train departures. Booking the leg from Coimbatore to Kochi had been a bit of a nightmare … Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 4: Fishing Nets And Food Poisoning In Fort Cochin

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 3: Steam And Surprise From The Hill Fort Of Ooty

After the madness of Mumbai we made a hasty retreat to the hill fort of Ooty. Arriving at the airport I was shocked to see my in-laws waiting for us with a handmade sign. After a day of relaxing in the lush hills we departed in style on a steam train, ready for the next part of our adventure. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 3: Steam And Surprise From The Hill Fort Of Ooty