At the end of June 2023 I made a much longed-for return to Italy. The postponement of a 2022 week in Florence brought about a rethink and charging of the imagination to produce a culture-heavy itinerary which excited at the mere thought and it certainly didn't disappoint. First taking a quick chill in lovely, laidback Lucca, it was then full-on through Florence, Bologna, and Verona before finishing in Venice. Breathtaking on so many levels!

August found Judy, Paul, Biddy and myself hitting the Iceland ring road once again, this time in the opposite direction, initially heading West to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula then venturing North as far as Lake Myvatn before returning via the  F35 (Kjölur)  ash road to Gullfoss.

The vistas were very different as the summer season added colour to the monochrome of winter we'd previously experienced, but were every bit as memorable in their own way