Te Araroa here we come!

We’re on our way to do the Te Araroa, a 3000km tramp down the length of New Zealand. With five kids. And, as usual, we’re under-prepared. That’s why it’s called Messy...
parkrun Tourism as a Family

parkrun Tourism as a Family

If you haven’t heard of parkrun, it’s a timed, non-competitive, free 5km run every Saturday morning. They’re in hundreds of locations all around the world, and every one is run by volunteers. Everyone is incredibly friendly, and it’s a great...
Montegrazie, an Italian hill town

Montegrazie, an Italian hill town

After leaving Lucca and parkrun, we headed north-west toward the French border. We were looking forward to some peace and quiet in the countryside, but we had to go through a final city ordeal before we reached it. Namely, getting lost in Genoa on the way. Shaz, the...
Exploring Lucca (including Lucca parkrun)

Exploring Lucca (including Lucca parkrun)

After getting off the ferry in Ancona, we headed to Lucca. Why Lucca? Because they have parkrun, of course! And after being in non-parkrun countries for months we were determined to get back to it. We didn’t really know much more about the area, and we were...
A day out in Pisa

A day out in Pisa

We weren’t going to go to Pisa. We thought it would fit into the category of ‘horrendously tacky over-touristy chaos’ and the children protested that gross mistakes in engineering shouldn’t be a tourist attraction, but we were only 19kms away...
Split to Ancona on the Jadrolinija ferry

Split to Ancona on the Jadrolinija ferry

We needed to return our car to France, but really didn’t want to drive all the way around the Adriatic and back across northern Italy. This left the ferry from Split, Croatia, to Ancona, Italy. So we booked our tickets and THEN read the reviews. They were not...