Author: AndrewBrown

October 4, 2019 / / Italy

Leaving Cinzia and Michele was like leaving old friends in the sure knowledge that we would never see them again. They had been the perfect hosts for our stay in Lecce. Their stylish B&B below their apartment in the suburbs…

October 3, 2019 / / Italy

We were to meet her at the city gate at 8:50 am. Outside the gate, the sun was already very warm and the background hum and tooting of car horns filled the air. Just inside the gate, however, the air…

October 1, 2019 / / Italy

We have come to Apulia in search of a simpler Italy; a world away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas further north; honest, uncomplicated cuisine, fine local wines and head-turning architecture. Having been here for only…

June 10, 2019 / / Hawaii

Dawn on the beach is always a good start to the day on Oahu: a cool and tranquil experience that you wish could last longer. But as the sun clears the horizon, the heat quickly follows, increasing noticeably, minute by…

June 9, 2019 / / Hawaii

We drove until the road ran out. Highway 930 goes towards the most western point on the island and becomes a dirt track at the start of the Ka’ena Point Trail. We decided not to walk the trail as the…

June 8, 2019 / / Hawaii

From Pearl Harbour we drove to the Diamond Head Crater at the far eastern end of the Waikiki coastline. The crater was formed about 300,000 years ago due to a volcanic eruption. It is only 0.8 miles and 560 feet…

June 8, 2019 / / Hawaii

It was going to be a long, hot day so a quiet start was needed. There’s nothing better for the soul than an early morning walk on the beach. When the beach is on an island in the middle of…

June 7, 2019 / / Hawaii

We wondered why we had come, leaving behind the relative tranquillity of Maui to find ourselves in the Honolulu suburbs trying to escape the big city for the sanctuary of the north coast of Oahu. We were sat in a…

June 6, 2019 / / Hawaii

Undaunted by the previous day’s abortive attempt to climb to the Haleakala Crater, we began our drive in sunshine and beautiful, clear skies with views of the summit from below. Extinction is a big problem in Hawaii and it’s a…

June 5, 2019 / / Hawaii

We needed a rest! Long days and the heat were taking their toll, so we drove south along the coast to find a beach renowned for great snorkelling and the hope of turtles. Kamaole Beach Park provided both. The sun…