Naples, Italy.

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Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy, after Rome and Milan. The city is situated on the Gulf of Naples, on the western coast of Southern Italy. Naples’ 2,800-year-history has left it with a wealth of historical buildings and monuments, from medieval castles to classical ruins. 

We visited here during 2012 for a day trip while staying on the Amafli Coast.  We caught the train from Sorrento which allowed us to take in some magical views of coastlines and towns along the 1 hr 15min journey. The train itself was quite old, but bookings were required, it was just a matter of showing up and buying a ticket! Many people were using these trains to go to work or school for the day.

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On arrival in Naples, we were overcome with the sheer size of the city. It certainly was a lot more hustle and bustle than most places we had visited on this trip so far.

Admittedly I didn’t feel particularly safe while we were here. Train stations in Europe are notorious for pick pockets, and this was no exception.  As the station themselves are so busy, it is very easy for you to feel unsafe.

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We took some time to wander throughout the city, taking in all that it had to offer. Perhaps it was the fact that we had arrived from the gorgeous Amalfi Coast or that we felt so unsafe, we just didn’t enjoy our time in Naples. So much so, we left after we ate some lunch.

We found the city to be very dirty, covered in garbage and street hawkers on every corner. I am glad that we visited, and we did toss up the idea before we went to Italy of staying here for some time, but on reflection I am very glad we didn’t.

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Like any country you’re going to fall in love with some places you visit and loathe others. I guess that is all part of the charm of travelling. Even thinking about your own country, you would agree there are places you feel this way about as well.

Naples would certainly appeal to some people, with the crazy city streets filled locals and tourists everywhere. In fact, on our return home we have had huge discussions with people we know about how they really enjoyed it, versus our experience!

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Italy certainly has a lot to offer as a destination, and I won’t regret the fact that we visited Naples. Sadly for us, it probably won’t be a city we visit again.

Do you have a place you’ve visited that you just didn’t like? 

Have you been to Naples and want to convince me otherwise?

Mereweather Surfhouse, Newcastle.

IMG_3354If you ever get the chance, make sure you head along to the Mereweather Surfhouse in Newcastle.

Situated right on the beach, the uninterrupted views of the ocean are spectacular. With both a formal restaurant and a more casual area, the venue caters to any occasion. We chose to dine in the restaurant and were not disappointed!

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After we were seated we started with a cocktail each and shared some delicious nibbles, while we looked over the extensive menu to select our lunch options.

Warm marinated mixed olives 8.5

Baked flat bread- garlic, rosemary & mozzarella     serves two 7.5

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Basil Fawlty- Ciroc Coconut Vodka, Cointreau, fresh ginger, basil, lime juice & sugar ea 15.0

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We couldn’t resist ordering the most magical thing on the menu! As there were 3 of us, it made sense to share the amazing lamb dish that we had seen being brought out to many tables around us. We were very glad with this choice! As it arrived the aromas were beautiful. Digging in our forks, the meat just fell from the bone. It was cooked to perfection. The pearl cous cous worked perfectly with the lamb and the sweetness of the mint, fetta and pomegranate were exceptional as well.

Roasted Moroccan style lamb, pearl cous cous, mint, fetta & pomegranate salad with carrot puree 58.5

Paris mash ea 8.5

Market vegetable ea 8.5

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I am very happy to have spent a long lazy lunch overlooking the ocean in Newcastle! After we finished lunch, we moved out on to the deck for some more cocktails while the sun went down – perfection!

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Merewether Beach

Henderson Parade, Newcastle NSW.

Happy Easter!

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Can you honestly believe Easter is here once again?

I do hope you get to spend it doing what you love! For me, it’s relaxing with friends in the countryside playing board games and eating delicious food with lots of chocolate for dessert!

If you’re reading this from Australia or New Zealand you will know that the following weekend is also a public holiday as well to honour ANZAC Day. I have done what I think most people have, and take the 3 days off between! 10 days of pure relaxation and fun to be had.

Happy Easter everyone!

Do have any plans for the Easter break?

The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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Have a great weekend!

Weekend Wanderings…

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Learning, resting and celebrating with friends! That’s what this weekend was all about.

I kicked things off with a lot of sleep. I haven’t been very well lately so it was nice to spend some time resting and trying to get myself feeling 100% again. Saturday afternoon I headed to Megan Morton’s The School in Rosebery for the Kidspot Masterclass: Voices of 2014. It was a fantastic event and to be invited was a lovely honour!

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Saturday night was our gorgeous friend Fiona’s 30th birthday party. We celebrated by heading along to the newly renovated Oxford Tavern in Petersham and indulged in burgers, nachos and tacos! It was exactly what the birthday girl wanted!

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The Oxford Tavern is still retaining a lot of its “old charm” by keeping a lot of memorabilia from the days where it was a big old dive pub! It works perfectly well for this venue, and it was heaving for a Saturday night so obviously the locals agree.

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Did you have a lovely weekend too?

Kidspot Voices of 2014 Masterclass

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 On Saturday I was very lucky to be invited to Kidspot Voices of 2014 master class held at Megan Morton’s delightful location The School in Rosebery. Many classes of all varieties are held here each and every day, and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular place!

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I’m not sure why, but I was quite nervous walking in! I wasn’t too sure what to expect, and I really did feel like the new kid on the first day of school. We could take a seat anywhere we like on the old school desks, so I placed my things down and proceeded to snap away around the room.

The little details were amazing with cute flower arrangements on each desk, coloured cups and jugs of water, notepads and pens – it really was like being at an amazing school (but purely designed for adults!)

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It really was an honour to be invited to an event with such amazing talent in one room.

Scanning around I could see so many people I seem to “know” so much about all thanks to their blogs and Instagram. Again, I couldn’t help by feeling like the new kid on the first day of school! It was nice to see the community so strong here in Sydney, with people catching up like they were old friends. I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to do the same!

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It was an action packed line up, with a lot of discussion from Panel 1: Finessing Facebook. I picked up quite a few tips and hints from the best of the best here, so hopefully can begin to implement them over the coming months.

Panel 2: (Over)Sharing on Social Media was certainly a laugh! Kayte Murphy – Woogsworld and Beth Macdonald – BabyMac sure know how to keep a crowd entertained, and shared some wise experiences over their blogging lives so far.

Panel 3: Inspiration is Innovation was just that! Inspiring! These lovely ladies have achieved so much from writing and creating cookbooks, to online magazines to crowd funding their own printed magazine, hearing them you couldn’t help but feel empowered!

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The afternoon flew by, and before I knew it school was out! There was a lot to absorb in such a short space of time, but thankfully I took a lot of notes so fingers crossed I can start to put some new things in place over the next few months.

While sharing my desk space I also met some lovely ladies! The gorgeous Kate from Taylor+Cloth, Erika from Erika Rax and Basmah from Laccee and Lattes. Hopefully we will cross paths again one day soon.

A big congratulations to all the finalists in the Kidspot Top 100 Voices of 2014, it is all very well deserved! There certainly is some amazing talent here in the Australian blogging community, and I’m so glad I got to share it in all for a day.

Do you have a favourite blog you would love to share?

Parma, Italy

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In 2012, my husband and I were lucky enough to visit the South of France, and Italy over 3 amazing weeks. One of our stops while in Italy was to Parma situated towards the north of Italy.

Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its prosciuttocheesearchitecture and surrounding countryside. This is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world. Parma is divided into two parts by the little stream with the same name

We instantly fell in love with this city, and wished we had the chance to stay a little longer than one day and night. Sadly it is always the case when travelling overseas that you want to see as much as you can while away, which in turn means that lengthy stays in anyone place are very limited. I think given the chance, we would return in a heartbeat.

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We spent much of the afternoon wandering through gardens, city streets and basking in the beautiful sunset that Parma offered us! It truly was breathtaking.  Although quite a large city, it didn’t feel that way. People didn’t seem to be in a rush to get places, and themselves were enjoying strolling through the streets and gardens.

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Of course, one of the main reasons we wanted to visit this amazing city was for the delicious food! We weren’t disappointed in any way either.  Beautiful cheese, cured meats and wine were some of the best we had during our whole trip. Parma ham will never quite compare anywhere else in the world!

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Would you return?