The city of love – Venice, Italy

Our first impressions of Venice were outstanding; we walked out of the train station straight into a march – it just so happened that we were visiting on the opening day of the Carnevale, meaning everyone was on a happy buzz, dressed up in various costumes and wearing masks of all kinds.  The majority of the…

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Quickly embedding itself firmly in our vocabularies, ‘when in Rome’ provided an ongoing excuse for any form of inappropriate (and appropriate) behaviour that occurred throughout the weekend. And when you combine a bunch of Americans, Kiwis and Españols with a crazy South African and a cheeky Mexican thrown into the mix then you can be…

Review: The Apple Shed Cafe

After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing we decided on The Apple Shed Cafe for dinner. We had set out to Mapua Wharf relatively non-fussy about what we ate, which meant we really struggled to make a choice as there were lots of options – live music vs. waterfront views vs. slightly cheaper menu… the…

Review: Fat Tui

What a better way to end a morning’s stroll through the Abel Tasman National Park than to finish with a hearty burger at The Fat Tui. It’s located right at the entrance to the park, and when it’s open (after 12pm) it is very well sign-posted. The set up is simple; a food-truck with a…

Review: Jester House Cafe

Our friends and I had both scouted recommendations for when we were in Nelson and when comparing notes we saw that Jester’s was on both of our lists. Ironically, we had both been told excitedly about the ‘tame eels’. Slightly tentative about these tame eels, we decided to check the place out for lunch as…

Review: DeVille Cafe

  When an old friend from Nelson suggested brunch at DeVilles, I knew that it wouldn’t just be because it was dog-friendly. Pup in tow, we lined up in the already growing queue to place our orders. Fortunately DeVilles is massive; with a huge outdoor seating area it would be an absolute hit during the…

Nelson: a slice of paradise

Nelson, you beauty. This little slice of paradise is known to be some of New Zealand’s finest and with basically all of my favourite things on offer, I couldn’t agree more. It was such an easy getaway from Wellington (Friday evening through to Sunday evening – Air New Zealand’s flight times are perfect) that I…

Spontaneity pulls through – Bergamo, Italy

  Arriving at the train station with no particular destination in mind is something that everyone should try at least once. You may just find yourself pleasantly surprised. The next train out of Milan’s Stazione Centrale was to a idyllic little town nestled at the bottom of the Southern Alps, a place otherwise known as…

Kicking back in Courmayeur

  Being among the fortunate few who don’t have any mid-term exams, Danielle and I have been able to plan a month long trip around a number of countries within Europe. What better way to start this journey then by heading up into the Northern parts of Italy (and as it turned out, the Southern part of…

Review: Alto Cafe

As a student without a car, Mornington wasn’t  really somewhere that I would venture to all that often. I made it up to Rosyln, for the Friday Bakery and the odd event at Luna but Alto Cafe was just that little bit further, meaning that it was omitted from my mix. Alto Cafe had loads…