I went back to Helsinki in spring and met some Finnish relatives for the first time, which was wonderful, and again in autumn to absolutely perfect weather. I am yet to experience Finland in high summer – one day.
We arrived in London just after the death of Alexander Mc Queen. It was very sad to stand in front of his shop.
Paul is attacked by a giant pink snail in Milan.
I went with my friend Di to Lake Como in March and liked it so much I went back in April with Jim, Laurie and Liz.
We drove through the Chianti area inTuscany in spring, stopping in Greve, Radda and along the road to Asciano. It really is just like the postcards, only better. We have done this several times now, in all seasons, and it is always spectacular.
I climbed the tower in Pisa for the first time. Why did I wait so long?
I took the overnight train from Florence to visit friends in beautiful Bavaria.
I had a couple of visits to Rome – always fabulous.
Liz, Laurie and I went to Torino for Salone del Gusto.
There were some very memorable meals along the way. One of our absolute favourite restaurants is Il Fortino in Forte dei Marmi.
Lunch at the Armani Cafe in Milan is always fun. If you don’t have time for lunch, at least call in for a coffee and some excellent people watching.
We love our newly discovered Paris Boheme in Lucca. Luis and David are waiting for you.
I don’t have any pictures of Marco’s famous brick chicken or his fabulous pizzas, but thank you Marco for your friendly face and great food.
My sister’s vineyard, Curly Flat is a beautiful place to visit, not least because they produce an excellent chardonnay and pinot noir.
I think I can safely say 2010 was a very good year. Here’s to 2011. Happy New Year everyone!
If you have time, go back through the archives, or click on the highlighted words, for more information about the places I visited.