As we leave Retiro park I stumble upon this bibliophile’s dream! Open air book stalls in weathered little cabins . . . . You can find this cornucopia of the written word on a small pedestrian street known as the Cuesta de Moyano. Running down from El Retiro Park to the Glorieta de Carlos VContinue reading “Books, beautiful books.”
Wandering the maze of gritty streets in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid, you might come across the tiled wonder that is the Juanse Pharmacy. Founded in 1892, this colourful, 130 years old jewel has seen a lot of history come and go. The impressive tiled facade acts as an advertising hording stuck in a timeContinue reading “Tiled wonder”
After settling into our own personal little trulli, which forms our base for the next few days, we’re off out into Alberello again to spy some of these delightful little architectural gems in the dark!
It’s all about the trulli – a sight I have been desperate to see from the moment I learnt of their existence! These curious conical-roofed whitewashed structures, clustered in pockets of Puglia, are an icon of the region. In fact, this part of south Italy is the only place they have ever existed.
We’re coming close to the last foreign trips of 2019 now with a wonderful visit to Puglia – one of the lesser known regions of Italy.
The beautiful village of Assos in Kefalonia
From the serene green of Mai Chau we’re thrust back into the hectic hustle and bustle of Hanoi with its waves of moped riders. We’re nearing the end of this epic trip but we’ve still got a day left to go explore some more . . . That can only mean one thing . .Continue reading “Marvellous markets”
We’re nearing the end of our epic tour of North Vietnam and we’re off to another tiny village and more bone shaker bikes! We’re in Mai Chau – a collection of villages, farms and huts spread out through a green large valley, home to the white Thai minority. We’re peddling through yet more epic scenery.Continue reading “Final bike ride”
Carrying on with our exploration of the incredible Bac Ha market, we’ve taken a break for a refreshing beverage. Coconut juice is just one of the many flavoursome drinks on offer, but caffine addict hubby is fixated on the strong local coffee! We’re heading deeper into the market now and the vendors get closer together,Continue reading “Colourful chaos”
Moving swiftly away from the grisly meat end of the market, I’m back on more palatable ground in the colourful vegetable section of Bac Ha market. Mountains of jewel bright carrots, onions, courgettes and bitter gourds tumble to the ground wherever you look. Tiny, scorching chillies, quail eggs and all the fresh herbs you couldContinue reading “Various vegetables”