By Julie Bardsley

First time in Florence

We made our first visit to Florence with great anticipation. We hoped that we would find fabulous art treasures, a historic centre and great food in a stylish city. We were not disappointed

Leisurely Lucca and Northern Tuscany

There is a timeless quality to atmospheric Lucca. Perhaps it is the narrow street plan, unchanged since Roman times, complete with forum and amphitheatre footprint

Perfect Putsborough: The Other Gold Coast

No not the Australian Gold Coast. This one is in England, North Devon to be precise. It is characterised by rolling hills and wide, golden sand beaches. It is a magnet for surfers