Lisbon, Portugal

Posted Posted in Europe, Real World Travels

  I couldn’t believe my eyes when, a few days before I was planning to fly to Lisbon from Australia, I saw on Twitter that a freak hurricane was heading towards the Atlantic coast of Portugal and northern Spain, before heading to Ireland. Hurricane Ophelia was yet another in the series of devastating tropical storms […]

Preparing for Portugal

Posted Posted in Europe, Real World Travels

I despise packing and I loathe almost everything about air travel — the parched air, the smell of jet fuel, aeroplane food and air freshener, the cramped seats, and the hours that stretch into days as the animated plane on the screen flickers across the globe in tiny increments. What I don’t loathe is the […]

Sardinia, Italy

Posted Posted in Europe, Virtual Travel Tales

A mysterious letter arrived last week, redirected from the Embassy of Italy in Canberra. An elaborate typeface on cream parchment, and with no return address. It is unusual to receive a letter at all these days and I read the contents with increasing puzzlement. Dear Virtual Travellers, Your mission, should you choose to accept it: […]