Italy, Venice – Part 2

We had explored off-island on our own, now it was time to do a little exploring on the island, but this time with a little more expertise and local knowledge at hand!

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I booked us in for an all day tour, which was really two separate two hour tours with a three hour gap in the middle where you could do your own exploring and have lunch. Would you like to know more?

Italy, Venice – Part 1

For those of you that guessed “Italy”, well done! Gold star for you! *applauds*

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We decided that it was high time we went and discovered something a little more South of us before Winter really set in. We narrowed it down to the three cities that we wanted to see most, and then proceeded to visit them from North to South and East to West. We began in Venice!

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Vino Veritas – Utrecht

“In vino veritas is a Latin phrase that translates “in wine [there is the] truth”. ” Source.

It’s not often in this crazy world where you get to meet your blogging friends. But when someone whose blog you follow, opens up an Italian Wine Bar, that seems to me like the perfect excuse to go on an excursion to Utrecht!

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I began following The Flamingo in Utrecht when I got to the Netherlands and was looking for other expat experiences of living in the Netherlands. So of course when she and her partner opened an Italian wine bar I knew I would have to go and visit and meet her! Then when Himself suggested a day trip to Utrecht, I knew that the stars had aligned, and I knew exactly where we should be going! Would you like to know more?

Wevers Markt in Hoorn

A group of us got together to head out to Hoorn the other day. It’s about half an hour by train from Amsterdam, and on this particular day Hoorn was hosting its annual Weavers Market!

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So much yarn, so many fibre related products! I think all of us thought we’d gone to heaven! Would you like to know more?

De Hortus Botanicus

We have been to the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens! It was time for a change and something new. And so it was that we found ourselves in front of the Amsterdam Botanic Gardens early Sunday afternoon.

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I had done my research and we turned up in time to sit and have coffee before joining a group for a free guided tour! This was our Guide in the process of explaining to us that though the gardens had a full grown fig tree, the fruit would never ripen as they only had one fig tree and it was a girl. (Hint: you need two.) Would you like to know more?