Penny Skyrme

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Pleasing Piacenza

April 16, 2017 9:01AM

I DON'T know whether the name Piacenza has anything to do with the verb “piacere” (“to be pleasing”), but it’s certainly very apt. When I …

Bike vs Bomb

March 12, 2017 9:01AM

IT STARTED out optimistically enough. Alps to Ocean, a cycle ride starting at Mt. Cook and finishing on the coastal plain: three and a half …

Day tripping in Italy

February 5, 2017 9:01AM

ONE afternoon I took the train to Vicenza. I didn’t know much about it, except that there were a number of examples of buildings designed …

Travelling alone

January 29, 2017 9:01AM

SEVERAL people have told me that they would be nervous travelling alone in other countries, but over the years I’ve become used to it, and …

Verona — gateway to Veneto

January 22, 2017 10:33AM

I visited many of the things in Verona on the must-do lists — art galleries, museums, the cathedral, other churches, monuments, Roman remains, high viewpoints, …

In fair Verona

January 15, 2017 9:01AM

It’s a long way away, Italy. We were late starting, so the total time, including waiting in Hong Kong, wasn’t as long as I’d been …

The joys of volunteering

January 6, 2017 8:21AM

I have had a number of jobs in my time. Most of my working life was spent as a teacher of English to foreign students, …

Salutary lesson in Madrid

October 16, 2016 9:01AM

MADRID is a lovely city. I’ve only been there a few times, but I constantly discover new things and places to enjoy. The last time …

Gisbore revisited

July 17, 2016 9:01AM

WHEN I said we were moving back to Gisborne, my Auckland friends were astonished. What on earth was there to do in Gisborne? How would …

Everyone enjoys Abel Tasman track

June 19, 2016 9:01AM

MY husband is a happy glamper, not one for carrying heavy packs, rehydrated meals and sharing a bunk room with a few dozen strangers. He …

Queen of NZ’s tracks

April 10, 2016 9:31AM

I HAD to change my plans for a South Island holiday at short notice at the height of the season, so when I decided to …