Europe, Italy, Travel, Vatican

A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

It was early December and myself and three fellow singers from the ship had been asked to make the trip to the Vatican to make a film to be shown to the passengers in the build-up to Christmas. Glory, glory, Hallelujah! A trip to the Vatican!! I'd been before, a couple of times, but in… Continue reading A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

Europe, Italy, Travel

The Port City of Civitavecchia, Italy

The port of Civitavecchia is a strange place. (In fact, sorry to say it, but most port cities are.) Located on the West coast of the great big golden boot of Italy, the city is known as the 'Gateway to Rome', which makes it sound far more glamorous and majestic than it appears upon first… Continue reading The Port City of Civitavecchia, Italy

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What to do in Livorno, Tuscany

Most visitors arrive in the city of Livorno by cruise ship, ready to head out into the surrounding Tuscan countryside or to the nearby cities of Florence and Pisa. Don't get me wrong, it makes sense that you'd want to head further afield to the more interesting, classically beautiful places. But what should you do… Continue reading What to do in Livorno, Tuscany

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One Day in Lucca, Tuscany

Tuscany is famous for its rolling hills, scenic views and quaint villages, but there are also some real treasures to be found in the form of the region's Medieval and Renaissance cities; the most famous of these being Florence and Pisa. Obviously these are both beautiful places to visit...but tell me pals, did you ever… Continue reading One Day in Lucca, Tuscany

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A Winters Day in Florence

I was rather on the sad side when I realised that the day we docked in Tuscany would be a very chilly one. I'd wanted to go to Florence for months since we'd begun docking regularly at its closest port city of Livorno, but work timings had always prevented me from getting too far away… Continue reading A Winters Day in Florence

Europe, Hungary, Italy, Travel

‘It’s a funny feeling to be in a country by accident’ (That time we got stuck in Italy)

Once upon a time, the powerful forces of nature, Budapest airport, and the glorious company that is Ryanair all joined together in a magical but tragic alignment of the stars, and set off a chain reaction of events and strange surprises, the likes of which I couldn't have predicted even if I'd tried. And the… Continue reading ‘It’s a funny feeling to be in a country by accident’ (That time we got stuck in Italy)