Food Travel

How Balsamic Vinegar is Made

How Balsamic Vinegar is Made

We buy and use quite a lot of balsamic vinegar. We buy the standard vinegar you find on supermarket shelves and use it for salad dressings and for cooking. We’ve always liked the flavour it adds to food and Anna has been cutely calling it “binegar” since she was very small. So when we were on […]

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  27th August 2016   No comments
Slip away with the family to Sirmione, Lake Garda

Slip away with the family to Sirmione, Lake Garda

Lake Garda is one of northern Italy’s most popular holiday destinations. It also happens to be Italy’s largest freshwater lake. Having spent nearly a week there with my three children (aged 11, 11 and 13), I now understand why so many families flock there every year. It’s beautiful and so easy to get to. Lake Garda […]

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  4th August 2016   No comments
Ferrari feast at Museo Ferrari Maranello

Ferrari feast at Museo Ferrari Maranello

Maranello, near Modena in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, is the home of the iconic sports car maker Ferrari. We visited Maranello as part of our Italian tour and it was a must visit – well for two of us anyway! There are two Ferrari museums – the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari which is focused […]

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  3rd August 2016   No comments
A big splash at Aquafan water park

A big splash at Aquafan water park

An hour’s drive from our Halldis base in Marina di Ravenna is the popular water park Aquafan. Just a few miles from the tourist resort Rimini along the Adriatic coast in the province of Emilia-Romagna, Aquafan is one of Europe’s largest water parks and had been highly recommended to us as a great day out for […]

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  23rd July 2016   No comments
Mirabilandia – Italy’s Largest Theme Park (Review)

Mirabilandia – Italy’s Largest Theme Park (Review)

Located in Stavio in Emilia-Romagna on the east coast of Italy, people come from as far afield as Venice to visit Mirabilandia. However, we only had to travel 20 minutes (20km) from our Halldis apartment in Marina di Ravenna. At 30 hectares, with an additional 10 hectare ‘Mirabeach’ water park, Mirabilandia is Italy’s largest theme park. We were […]

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  20th July 2016   No comments
Visiting Marina di Ravenna with kids

Visiting Marina di Ravenna with kids

On the east coast of Italy, by the Adriatic sea, in the region of Emila-Romagna, is the seaside resort of Marina di Ravenna. Close to the picturesque town of Ravenna, Marina di Ravenna is a very popular holiday destination for Italians. We noticed that not everyone speaks English which I like as I feel that you’re […]

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  17th July 2016   No comments
The story behind Parmigiano Reggiano

The story behind Parmigiano Reggiano

Never call it Parmesen! This was one of the first things they told us when we arrived at Caseificio San Pier Damiani Parmigiano Reggiano dairy in Parma early one morning to see the cheese being made. In our eyes Parmigiano Reggiano was just something that we sprinkled on our Italian pasta dishes, we were about […]

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  15th July 2016   No comments
Visiting Florence with Kids

Visiting Florence with Kids

I’ve been to Florence once before but this was my first time with my three children. The kids are now a little older (aged, 11, 11 and 12) and I knew that they would be able to appreciate the incredible artwork and architecture that makes Florence an unforgettable city to visit. Getting to Florence I […]

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  11th July 2016   No comments
Enjoying La Dolce Vita in Venice with kids

Enjoying La Dolce Vita in Venice with kids

I have visited Venice before, with James, for my 40th birthday. I truly fell in love with the city and always said that when the kids were old enough to appreciate it, I would take them so when Halldis offered us the chance to review their new family friendly accommodation there, we jumped at the […]

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  10th July 2016   2 comments