Italy – Rome, Siena, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Lake Como, Venice, Procida, Ischia, Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Positano

3.5 weeks of forgetting what hungry even means, staring wide-eyed at wondrous historical sites, jaw-dropping views and, of course, inspiring menus.   I went on two tours – G Adventures Ultimate Italy to explore the medieval, grandiose north, and Intrepid Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure to explore the modest, rustic coast. By the end, I left with such a…

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Greece – Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete.

On to Greece. An expensive destination, yes, but the €2.5 gyros make you feel better about it.   Growing up on the east side of Melbourne and being surrounded by kids of Greek ancestry meant that I have for long known some of the ruder words in the Greek language and the basics of a…

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My time at ENSP

Hey friends!   I’ve spent the last five months picking up new skills and techniques and working hard to try to perfect the essentials of traditional French Pastry at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie (ENSP). I’ve also been living the small-town experience in the countryside town of Yssingeaux, where the school is located. From ‘character-building’ 6am…

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Portugal – Lagos, Lisbon, Porto

Portugal was an unexpected gem.   Confession time – when I planned my trip, I was definitely trying to tick places of the list. I couldn’t explain why I wanted to go to Portugal. It’s near Morocco and Spain, so it just seemed logical. I decided to visit Lagos, because it’s pretty, Lisbon, because it’s…

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Catching up

Hey everyone, I’ve been on and off the grid for a few months now as I’ve been busy enjoying a wonderful European summer and, unfortunately, neglecting this blog. Now it’s time to play catchup.     —   THE BLOG   As you can see, we have a new look. I’ve been in the process of revamping…

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Kerala, India

For those who are not familiar with Kerala, it is a coastal state in South India and is best known for its natural beauty. The state is geographically insulated, and so the traditional culture is well preserved. The different states in India vary a lot in many ways – so much so that travelling to different parts of…

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