Bologna

In early April of this year I spent a week in Bologna, Italy. My love of Italy knows no bounds and I was only adding fuel to the fire with this latest visit. Bologna is a stunning medieval city which is famous for it’s towers, portici (porticos), and as the centre of Italy’s food region Emilia- Romagna. I spent a glorious week discovering new places, new sites, and most important new and yummy food!

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European Museums

 

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In my last post I mentioned my travel plans for the following year. At the top of my to do lists is to visit museums, art galleries, castles, and country houses when I am travelling abroad. I have been fortunate to visit some of Europe’s largest museums as well as some of the quirkiest museums. Read on for my top three museums that I’ve visited in mainland Europe!

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Beyond the Bookcase: Reads for February

Let’s face it February is a dreary, dreich, and somewhat dank month when it comes to weather. Now don’t get me wrong I love being outside in nearly all weathers but as I write this the rain is coming down in torrents against the window outside. Not ideal walking weather. So what to do? Stay inside with a good book and a lovely cup of tea. Read on for the Beyond the Bookcase recommendations for February.

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Beyond the Bookcase: Daisy Chain: a novel of The Glasgow Girls by Maggie Ritchie

On my extended trip to Scotland last August I took time out to visit one of my favourite parts of Scotland; the small fishing village and artists town of Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland. I had deliberately picked up Daisy Chain: a novel of The Glasgow Girls by Maggie Ritchie which is set in Kirkcudbright as well as Glasgow and other foreign locations.

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Beyond the Bookcase – A Booklover’s Reasoning.

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For as long as I can remember I have always loved books, reading, libraries, and all book and reading related ephemera – I have an obscene amount of bags from book shops and numerous book marks! I get my love of reading from my grand-father who was a voracious reader of many genres and types of books. He would have made an ideal English literature or history teach had his life circumstances been different.

The lack of a teaching job didn’t stop him handing down his enthusiasm to me and I have many fond memories of going to the library with him on Saturday mornings to return my books and inevitably borrowing even more. Nothing thrilled me more as a child when the librarian stamped my book which made the book mine for the next week or however long it took to read it.

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