Going Underground in Istanbul – the Basilica Cistern

Going Underground in Istanbul – the Basilica Cistern

Istanbul was the last stop on our Turkey Itinerary. With only two days in the city we needed to choose carefully which landmarks we’d visit. Our hotel in Istanbul was in the Sultanahmet District, close to The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Naturally, they were all high on our Istanbul sightseeing list and maybe a boat trip on The Bosphorus if we had the time. We were excited about the food in Istanbul too.

But there is an unusual attraction in the city that has intrigued me since I first heard about it. Istanbul’s Basilica cistern, and its role in keeping the city supplied with water since the sixth century. 

The eerie Basilica cistern, IstanbulThe Basilica cistern, Istanbul

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‘La Tagliata’ Perfect Positano Restaurant

‘La Tagliata’ Perfect Positano Restaurant

Tucked up in the hills above Positano is a wonderful, family run, restaurant – with one of the best views in the whole of Italy. The food’s pretty fabulous too. We stopped off at La Tagliata for lunch during our day trip to the Amalfi Coast and the experience was so good I felt compelled to share.

If you find yourself hungry in Positano just head for the hills to the most perfect Positano restaurant. (more…)

First Class Postcard App

First Class Postcard App

Do you send postcards?  I always try to send one to my parents when I travel – they love receiving them and it’s great going through the stash of cards that I’ve sent them over the years – the message on the back can bring back memories that the picture on the front doesn’t always trigger…

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How to make the most of the Amalfi Coast

How to make the most of the Amalfi Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunning drives in Europe; at once breathtakingly beautiful and slightly terrifying.  Around every hairpin bend on the sea-side of the winding corniche is a view more spectacular than the one before – on the cliff-side countless tour buses pass within a hair’s breadth on the narrow ribbon of road. Fortunately, Hugo, the owner of the little blue Fiat we’re squashed into, is a skilful driver – and he’s keen to preserve his paintwork!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

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