Everyone who has gone to Rome would have probably tossed a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Everyday thousands of people visit the fountain just so that they can throw a coin into the fountain and wish that they will return to Rome! There are many legends around the coin throwing practise and one of it says you should stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin over your left shoulder to guarantee a return trip to Rome.Read more
Set in a restored late 19th-century building, this hotel is a 15-minute walk from the medieval structures at Piazza Maggiore and a 15-minute walk from the 12th-century Towers of Bologna. It is only 5 minutes from the train station and 8 minutes from the centre of the city and therefore the hotel is the perfect starting point for any outing. The hotel is in the centre of the shopping district just a short stroll to lots of restaurants.Read more
A visit to the Vatican City is a must if you are in Rome. You need to spend at least a full day there to see the whole place. I spent only a few hours here as I went at the peak time and it was unbearably crowded!! Apart from the thousands of tourists who flock there daily, the Vatican City is also home to more than 900 full-time residents and about 3000 over people who work there.
Most people go to the Vatican City to see the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. Sunday is a good day to visit Vatican City if you want to catch the Sunday mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and the mass takes place every hour. Read more
The beautiful Scalina Spagna or Spanish Steps is certainly one of the must see places in Rome. The irregular butterfly design is a good example of the Roman Boroque style. The place is always crowded with people just sitting around and soaking in the vies of the Eternal City. There are about 138 steps in the form of terraces, curves and straight flights of steps. The Spanish steps were built from 1723 to 1725 and it links to the Trinità dei Monti church.
A Farmers Market is always on my To do List when travelling. I was at the Margaret River colourful and lively weekly Farmers’ Market and truly enjoyed few hours of my time there. This is the place go and meet your friends, shop for food and things, listen to music and just eat and drink with your family. Somehow food always taste better at a Farmers’ Market!!Read more
Even as I was getting out of the car, I saw a flock of milking ewes grazing freely on pastures surrounded by native bushland and drink from natural springs. Sheep milk has superior qualities to both goats’ and cows’ milk, being richer in vitamins A, B, D and E and with over 100% more calcium than cows’ milk. There is evidence that the lactose in sheep milk is more readily tolerated than that in cows’ milk allowing many lactose-intolerant people to enjoy sheep milk products.Read more
One experiment lead to another but the success story is that today the boy is eczema free and the “home-made” products have become a big industry with a huge showroom, online sales to all parts of the world and a factory where people can walk in and watch how the soaps, lotions, scrubs, shampoo, massage oils, moisturisers are hand-made using the finest extra virgin olive oil and packed. These products are excellent for people with allergies or sensitive skin.Read more
Under the direction of the two generations of the founding family, who work alongside a dedicated team of winemakers including chief wine maker Tim Lovett, the estate produces primary varieties of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Following European winemaking techniques, Leeuwin is concentrating on achieving complexity, balance and longevity in its wines through a blend of modern and traditional methods. The fruits are transformed into wine using temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, pneumatic presses, and a cellar of imported French oak barrels.Read more
I was given a tour of the farm and pressing factory by the general manager Brett Roberts. Once the olives are brought to the factory, they are cleaned (sometimes it comes with gravel or leaves), catalogued according to size and type, weighed and then washed with only filtered rainwater. In cold press method, the extraction process kneads the olives, including the seeds gently to extract as much of the oils without heating the oil or fruits within 1 hour. These oils are then stored in huge stainless steel tanks for up to 4 months to settle down so that any residue goes to the bottom. The olive oil is then ready for packing. The by products are recycled on the farm as compost.Read more