Quake city Christchurch now a love hub…

Love blossoms in quake city Christchurch

Thousands of workers, mainly men, have flocked to Christchurch to rebuild the city centre after devastating earthquakes killed 181 people in the southern New Zealand city. Now get this. Some PR genius in Australia, and Canterbury Tourism have marketed Christchurch as a love hub. It’s targeting women travellers.

Tips for women travelling solo in Australia

Camel ride at sunset on Cable Beach, Broome

An adventurous young Greek/German woman, Ariane Tatas, shares her experiences travelling solo around Australia. She says we’re friendly, the men are good looking and she gets to wear the shortest skirts she’s ever worn in her life. But we’re also an expensive country to holiday in, and getting a decent job is hard.

Alla Madonna del Piatto cooking school

View of Umbria from Alla Madonna del Piatto

On a mountaintop in Umbria, Letizia and her husband Ruurd run a cooking school, Alla Madonna del Piatto. Winter is down time (kind of) but there’s lots of preparation to be done for the upcoming season to welcome visitors from all over the world. And they’ve just created a writer’s retreat.