A Visit to the Windy City, Part 2: Eating Our Way Across Chicago

Noelle takes us on a food tour of Chicago City. I’ve put on two pounds just by reading her post. There is some wonderful mouth-watering foods on offer. Come and take a look…maybe just before your next meal.

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Since retiring, my husband and I have been eating more lightly. Traveling with my daughter and son-in-law reminded us of what it was like when we were young and could eat without the subsequent explosion on our scale. Chicago has so many good restaurants, a visitor could eat at a different one – a good one – every day for ten years!

Giordano's pizza Giordano’s pizza

We began our gustatory adventure our first night, at my favorite pizza place in the whole world, Giordano’s. The fact it was about 5 min from our hotel meant I thought about returning before we left. Their stuffed pizza is sheer heaven, and I had my usual stuffed super veggie choice — mushrooms, green peppers, onions, broccoli, black olives, artichokes and spinach. We got a large and did half and half, with the guys getting the meat and more meat stuffing.

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Where Are You Going?

Take a trip to The Maldives with Juli and discover a part of the world which says “hello” in an entirely different way to how we know it.

Juli Townsend's Transition to Home

Paradise island sunrise Paradise island sunrise

After much encouragement, I took the plunge and left Australia for the first time since my return eighteen months ago. My husband was giving a series of workshops at a college on the island of Male, the capital of The Maldives, and knowing what the island was like, I really wasn’t interested in joining him. However, images of clear turquoise tropical waters, and a free weekend on the Paradise Island resort eventually won me over and I agreed to go.

Island in the sun Island in the sun

Where the ocean meets the coral reef.

The resort lived up to, and beyond expectations. Tourism was a late comer to The Maldives, and as a result, they’ve done it well. There are no high-rise beach front properties, and only the uninhabited islands were developed, which ensured existing island villages were not destroyed in the process.

Paradise Island Paradise Island

The view from our beach hut The view from our beach hut

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Spectacular Weipa Sunset and a Rare Bird Sighting

Join Maria, on her trip to North Queensland, Australia. Can you spot any crocodiles?

My summer begins and the garden is decked out in colour.

Come and join Sally, as she gives us a tour of her garden in Spain.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

We live in the mountains to the North of Madrid at 900 metres and whilst we get really cold nights during the winter months, summer and the more settled weather seems to take place around May 1st which is always a Bank Holiday here in Spain.

I decided to take an hour out after lunch and walk around my garden and take some photographs of our seasonal favourites. It may be the last year that we will be living in this house if we sell in the next few months and I wanted to make sure that I had some memories to takes with me.

I hope you enjoy the stroll with me.

This is the view from our front patio where we sit every evening after work is done to enjoy a glass of beer or wine and watch the swallows as they give a stunning aerial display

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One Surprising Benefit to Being Freshly Pressed That Bloggers Can Miss

Ever wondered what happens when one of your blog posts gets Freshly Pressed by WordPress? Read Paula’s account of what exactly happens.

Soi 81, Bangkok

Soi 81, Bangkok

Join Jill, as she gives us a bird-eye account of the life of people on Soi 81, in Bangkok City.

Jill's Scene

When I look out my window on to my street in my home town, more often than not, it’s empty of traffic and people. And now, as I’m typing, apart from the tap of my fingers on the keyboard, the only sounds are bird song, Tui mainly, and the quiet rustle of the trees in the southerly breeze.  Often I can hear the sea, and sometimes our neighbour’s lawnmower. But not today – it was raining earlier.

In Bangkok there’s always traffic, always noise. You get that in a city of 14,000,000. Love it or hate it, Bangkok teams with life. My very favourite place is Soi 81 on Sukhumvit Road. It’s near the On Nut BTS – the Sky Train. It’s a perfectly average, ordinary street. And now, after three, no, make that four visits in three years, it feels like home.

We favour a particular Guest House. They…

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Amanda Does Turkey: An Idiot’s Guide to Holiday Survival

Amanda Does Turkey: An Idiot’s Guide to Holiday Survival

Join Amanda on her hilarious trip to Turkey.
What could possibly go wrong?