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 […]

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: […]

Havana, Cuba

Posted Posted in Caribbean, Virtual Travel Tales

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Yo grito, tu gritas, todos gritamos por el helado! Leroy and I have made a virtual dash for Cuba for the express purpose of eating ice cream. Helado, in Spanish. It’ll all make sense in a minute. Especially when I mention that the temperature is […]

Valletta, Malta

Posted Posted in Europe, Virtual Travel Tales

Leroy’s niece Celestine turned 16 yesterday and, to celebrate, we’ve whisked her away to Malta today, along with the rest of her immediate family. Leroy’s sister Stephanie and her youngest son Valentin came with us to Estonia earlier this year, but the rest of the family hadn’t travelled outside French Guiana before, virtually or otherwise. […]