HALLELUJAH FOR ITALY STAYS

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

We were on the look­out for some unique ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions for our trip to Rome and found out about the web­site monasterys­tays.com, for Italy. You can stopover in a range of for­mer and op­er­at­ing church ac­com­mo­da­tion now set up as guest­houses (and no, you don’t have to be re­li­gious). It was a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence with the bonus be­ing both af­ford­able B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion and cen­trally lo­cated. The hos­pi­tal­ity and friend­li­ness of the staff made our stay very wel­com­ing. WAYNE EGAN

SLEEP, DRINK, CRUISE, RE­PEAT

When cruis­ing, if room ser­vice is free just ask your room at­ten­dant to put in a stand­ing or­der and wake up each morn­ing to or­ange juice or cof­fee, or have a restora­tive 3pm pot of tea be­fore a nap, shower and pre-din­ner cock­tail. Now that’s cruis­ing. BARB KERNOS

KEEP TABS

My son and his girl­friend just re­turned from a re­sort hol­i­day over­seas. My tip to them to as­sist with bud­get­ing was to pay the main room bill ev­ery three to four days as it’s much eas­ier to keep track of pool­side drinks that way. Then you know how much you have left for those last few days. ANDIE CARLON

THAT’S A WRAP

On my past three over­seas trips I’ve taken some pieces of bub­ble wrap in my lug­gage. It weighs noth­ing and when I buy any frag­ile gifts to bring home I wrap them in this and I’m not at all wor­ried about break­ages. KAT TURTON

CARRY SPARES ON­BOARD

I al­ways carry a small down pil­low in my case (as pil­lows are of­ten dread­ful, when you’re trav­el­ling), as well as a change of clothes, a swim­suit and undies, plus a pair of thongs in my carry-on. It’s lucky I do that as I was once with­out my lug­gage for three or four days in Italy. MAR­I­ANNE STEVENS

BACK ROADS OPEN EYES

Get off the beaten track when you can. While trav­el­ling in Eng­land we chose a lot of back roads and were re­warded with out­stand­ing sites and places. A sign say­ing “Ro­man ruins” took us to a re­mote vil­lage; a turn in the road saw us hap­pen upon King Arthur’s round ta­ble in a huge hall; and a visit to the home of Sir Fran­cis Drake (out of the way, on a back road) saw us wit­ness the ac­tual un­veil­ing of the re­cently re­stored self-por­trait by Rem­brandt. BOB CAMP­BELL

FUNNY MOO-VES

On re­turn­ing from a day trip to Florence, we de­cided we needed some milk and pulled into a bar. I asked the per­son be­hind the counter for milk, but he shrugged his shoul­ders not un­der­stand­ing. I then put my hands on my head like a cow and made grunt­ing noises. He left, be­fore com­ing back with a steak. I then got on all fours and did the milk­ing the cow mime. Af­ter much laugh­ter he said (in clear English), “Do you want a small or large milk?”. I asked, “Why didn’t you ask that first?”, to which he an­swered: “We haven’t laughed so much in years and you en­ter­tained ev­ery­one!” MIKE BOON

PIC OF THE WEEK

PIC­TURE: JEN­NIFER THOMAS

A land­scape of un­du­lat­ing ‘un­be­liev­ably beau­ti­ful’ dunes in the Liwa Oa­sis desert, 150km south­west of Abu Dhabi.

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