I fell in love with Florence within minutes. It has a beautiful, gentle, laid back air, but with all the benefits of city life, along with history, great food, and extremely friendly people. The city is surrounded by hills, and it is well-positioned for travel into the Tuscan countryside, ideal for walkers, cyclists and ramblers alike. Of course, when you travel, where you stay can make or break your trip, and I look back on my time in Firenze with such joy because of my experience at Velona’s Jungle Suites. This is simply the most exquisite design hotel/B&B I’ve ever… View Post

It’s no secret that Italy is my favourite country, and if you’ve read the Italy Diaries from the blog earlier this year, you’ll understand a little about why I am so obsessed with it. I first went to Rome almost 3 years ago, just before I went vegan, so it was wonderful to return in 2017 as a fully-fledged vegan, on the hunt for some plant-based Italian goodness. Rome is very vegan-friendly, and I firmly recommend taking some elasticated trousers with you because you will eat a lot. Even though a location is vegan-friendly, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll… View Post

Day 5 It was with a very heavy heart that we left Florence – I think both Mr Green V and I totally fell in love with the place, and we were really sad to leave our suite at Velona’s Jungle. But we will be back, so watch this space! We arrived mid-afternoon in Milan, and our hotel, the Starhotels E.c.ho was just opposite the train station, nice and easy! We stayed in a junior suite which had its very own balcony that overlooked some of the city’s skyscrapers and the station. Milan’s central train station is a stunning building, so… View Post

Day 3 It was time to leave Rome, and whilst we could have done with an extra day there, Florence was calling! I have always wanted to go to Florence, and learning how vegan-friendly it was made it even more important for me to visit it. We grabbed a light lunch from Roma Termini station before getting on the train. Happily there was a ‘vegano’ sandwich at Chef Express (a chain cafe across Italy, which also sells vegan croissants, but sadly today they had sold out!). The lady who served me was so lovely and gave me a free drink… View Post

If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Instagram Stories, you’ll have seen I’ve been in Italy for the past week. Well, Italy is well and truly my spirit animal, and I’m now back in Belgium, feeling a little sorry for myself and also feeling a little run down after being on the go, non-stop for the past couple of weeks. I’ve always adored Italy, since my first visit when I was 7, right through to teen travels there, and then of course my adult explorations in recent years. I suspect it’s that delightful Mediterranean charm that attracts me, the… View Post