Experience the beauty of autumn in London with these 6 unmissable walks perfect for midlife individuals. Plan your autumn adventures in the city with us.
Experience the beauty of autumn in London with these 6 unmissable walks perfect for midlife individuals. Plan your autumn adventures in the city with us.
Discover the pure bliss of returning to your favourite hoiday spot every year. Find out why it's worth repeating and creating lasting memories.
By the time we reach midlife, most of us have gained expertise and knowledge. Sharing a volunteering holiday experience is an excellent way to put all this to good use.
Rock concerts aren't just for the young! Find out what to expect and how to enjoy rock concerts in your 50s to the fullest.
Italy Revisited, travel with my teen
There's nothing more important in midlife than taking care of our well-being. It isn't just about the physical body. It's about rebalancing our emotions and feelings as well. That's why spending a week on a yoga retreat in Dalyan was the best present I could give to myself to boost my confidence and recharge my batteries.
Travelling with teens can be challenging at the best of times. Waking and getting them up in time to catch a plane or a train can exasperate the most patient of late bloomers' parents. And what about trying local food when you have fussy eaters?
What do a musician and a leadership development manager have in common? Creativity. Laura Carmichael, who has embraced both careers, is the perfect example of how innovation is much more than connecting the dots. As a clarinettist, she has played with top-notch orchestras and contemporary ensembles like MusikFabrik and MAE.
Midlife is rosy for Helen Fripp. A firm believer that life gets better as you approach middle age, now 54, with an MA in creative writing in her pocket, she got a 2-book deal in the offing and couldn't be happier.
Mastering the art of self-reinvention might be tiring sometimes: it requires resilience, fresh ideas and tenacity but eventually all your hard work will be rewarded. Janet Meadowcroft, the founder of 'The Simple Things' and 'Mollie Makes' magazines among others, knows this very well.
With its scenic clifftop coastal walks and sweeping views across the sea and countryside, East Devon's Jurassic coast is a recognised area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a gorgeous place for a post-lockdown escape.
A month-long odyssey of a midlife mum and her teenager son in Australia. From snorkelling together on the Barrier Reef to spotting crocodiles in the Daintree Rainforest and swimming with whale sharks. Here is a wonderful way to bond together, pushing the boundaries with food as well as with adventurous experiences.
The second half of my month-long trip to Australia with my 16-year old son Max was wonderful. Having spent a week in Sydney and then a week in Queensland exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest (you can read about the first half of our trip in this post), we headed into the heart of the country.
I used to live in Sydney in the 1990s and absolutely loved my time there. My children have grown up hearing stories of big skies, wonderful scenery, sea and sunshine. It was hardly a surprise when my 16 year-old son Max declared his burning desire to go to Australia when we were deciding on a post-GCSE adventure.
A few hidden things to enjoy in Padova
Cathy Underwood has been a dancer, actress, and fitness instructor. After she had her 2 boys, she suffered severely with post-natal depression. However, without that dark episode in her life, she wouldn't have realised her potential to build a multi-award-winning business, Yoga4mums. Now in her early 50s, Cathy's business has evolved: she is working more on a therapeutic level with autistic children and people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions.
Lorenza's children are animal mad, so where better to explore than the richly biodiverse rain and cloud forests of Costa Rica?
Her new journey started at her kitchen table at the age of 50. Following redundancy, Ursual Stone signed up for a class at Capel Manor College and re-trained as a florist. Today she runs 'The Flower Bank', a zero-waste social enterprise that reduces flower and foliage wastage by taking unwanted produce from supermarkets and turning it into beautiful designs for the local community.
If you're partial to a bit of yoga and it's an integral part of your existence perhaps you might be interested in combining it with another activity and expand your repertoire of talents? Most retreats mix this discipline with mindfulness, cooking lessons or healthy eating workshops.
North London based artist, Paula Barnard-Groves, doesn't hide the rollercoaster of her midlife. Scupltor43 is the name of her practise: "it says a lot about my backstory, 43 being an age at which many things happened in my life. You could call it a pivotal point."
This post is by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino . In May Lorenza went on a yoga retreat at Casa Vale da Lama in the hills near Odiaxere on the Algarve in Portugal. It sounds like a very relaxing and enjoyable trip.
Exploring an ancient city being restored by modern technology
Lorenza Bacino explores Catania and Etna with Sicilian journalist and Catania native, Francesca Marchese
"In December, I was lucky enough to travel to South Africa with my husband and the kids (14 and 12) to stay with friends and experience the country as a local, which is always the best way, I find.
A roundup of Italy's smaller lesser known literary festivals
Lorenza Bacino goes hawking with falconry mad son, 12 year old Max, to find out what he loves about it
Interview with extreme explorer Bob Bhania, about life, Everest and other crazy things
After overcoming breast cancer three years ago, Katie was left with scars The tissue on her stomach and breasts was so painful she could not hug Then she discovered ScarWork, and improved after just four sessions... After overcoming breast cancer and finishing her treatment three years ago, Katie Taylor was left with a painful legacy.
This post is by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino . In December Lorenza visited South Africa for a holiday with her husband and their two kids (14 and 12). The family spent six days exploring Kruger National Park (you can read about their experience in the post Family safari: Kruger, South Africa ) and also visited the Cape Town area, which Lorenza writes about here.
Summer in Rome can be a sweltering affair, and here at Italia! we believe that ice cream is a necessity. Lorenza Bacino seeks out some of the best ice-cream parlours in the city to ensure you enjoy the sights despite the heat.....
There has been a threefold increase in the number of teenagers who self-harm in England in the last decade, according to a World Health Organisation collaborative study. The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) report, due to be published in the autumn, will reveal that of the 6,000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 surveyed across England - up to one in five15-year-olds say they self-harm.
Lorenza's Italian side of the family have been visiting Ogliastra for years. She finally decides to take her own family to find out what keeps them coming back.....
The perfect place for a stopover
Art, culture and history in the heart of Brussels
Lorenza Bacino's round up of Homestay experiences across Italy, including lake, mountain, beach, country, coast.....
The museums of Treignes
The first direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica launch this month, making it cheaper and easier than ever before to reach this popular eco-tourism destination. But more people isn't necessarily a good thing. Lorenza Bacino offers her top tips for seeing Costa Rica in a positive way
For those looking to discover Italy in a new light while enjoying different experiences and meeting new friends, homestay holidays offer an immersive and unique trip that will leave a lasting impression. Thousands of Italians are opening their doors and welcoming eager travellers to experience life as local and with numerous activities, locations and experiences ...
Forensic archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer talks about her 30 year labour of love in Pompeii
Spring time in Sicily, an ideal time to visit
Lorenza Bacino explores some of Rome's sights off the beaten track
The Best Aussie pies in the Netherlands
The town of Ceramics, Andenne
Stylish new restaurant opens in Luxembourg
The best craft beers and the best fish and chips in the Belgian capital
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino, about the villa where she stayed near to the beautiful coastal town of Cefalù, Sicily. You can read more about Lorenza's trip in her post Cefalù, Sicily: travel tips and things to do.
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino, about her trip to the beautiful town of Cefalù, Sicily, one of my favourite places in Italy. 'My family and I (husband, two children aged 11 and 14) were fortunate enough to enjoy a week-long spring break in Cefalù, a charming town on the north coast of Sicily about one hour's drive from Palermo.
Lorenza Bacino heads to the Langhe region to hunt for truffles and see what else she can find in this UNESCO heritage region
New technology reveals more about the ancient population of Pompeii
Lorenza Bacino finds plenty to keep her busy in the Umbrian capital, Perugia
Where: London What makes it special: The award-winning Vini Italiani in Brompton Road prides itself on selling only Italian wines Co-founder and managing director Bruno Cernecca opened his shop in 2011 and hasn't looked back since.
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino. In August Lorenza, her husband and their two children travelled around Costa Rica in Central America with Hands Up Holidays. This is the last in a series of articles which Lorenza has written for Mums do travel about their experiences there.
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino. In August Lorenza, her husband and their two children went on a trip to Costa Rica in Central America with Hands Up Holidays. This is the third in a series of articles by Lorenza for Mums do travel about their experiences, and in this post she covers the most adventurous part of their holiday.
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino. In August Lorenza, her husband and their son, aged 12, and daughter, aged 9, went to Costa Rica in Central America for their family holiday and it sounds like they had a brilliant time.
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino. In August Lorenza, her husband and their two children went to Costa Rica in Central America for their family holiday and it sounds like they had a brilliant time.
Seven things to see and do on the lovely Lake Garda
The city of Milan is readying itself for the festive period, and its shops and gallerias are a glittering display of opulence. Lorenza Bacino goes shopping... Here I am spending a winter weekend in Milan, Italy's hub of design, fashion and culture, and I can't wait to visit the luxurious Rinascente department store and savour the delights within this 'Harrods' of the Piazza del Duomo...
The gem that is Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy
Lorenza Bacino visits the Esini Hills, a diverse and undiscovered part of Le Marche which is home to the world renowned Frasassi Caves... V isiting the Frasassi Caves in the heart of the Gola della Rossa National Park has long been on my 'to do' list.
This is a guest post by Lorenza Bacino, Anglo-Italian journalist and travel writer, after a family trip to the London Wetland Centre in Barnes during the summer holidays. 'I've adopted a new philosophy for the summer holidays. It's called 'Slow Parenting' and it means just that.
When a poor Nepali student answered a newspaper ad, it led to a scholarship that has rippled through the lives of students from around the world. Lorenza Bacino meets Dr Tejendra Pherali
Lorenza Bacino talks to World Vision's Ebola Emergency response manager, Sarah Wilson, just back from Sierra Leone. Images courtesy of World Vision
The medical charity Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) works in some of the most challenging places on earth, where a lack of access to healthcare is commonplace. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), there is less than one hospital bed per thousand inhabitants and slightly more than one doctor per 10,000 people. Photo - courtesy of Pau Miranda/MSF
Lorenza Bacino investigates a new Hindi-language site giving answers to all the questions Indian youth were afraid to ask. An item from the Agenda section of the magazine, where we look beyond the news curve with reports and comment on breaking stories. In India, talking about relationships and sex remains taboo.
At 31, Gabriel van Aalst is now the chief executive of one of the world's most successful chamber orchestras - and it's all thanks to his audacious letter-writing skills. Story by Lorenza Bacino It's been quite a year for Gabriel van Aalst, the newly-appointed chief executive of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London.
Ralph and the Queen Photo - Lorenza Bacino
Young, successful and living in New York - Amy Vale, who leads a team of 26 people as Head of Global Business Marketing and Branded Experiences at music streaming company, Spotify, planned it all from the age of 10. She tells how her vision helped her career and what it's like working in the new world of music streaming.
Kathy Curran always checks the doors and windows before leaving her smart home just north of London. "I know all about security," she laughs. "I've been trained by the best." By the best, she means Brian, a career criminal who has spent nearly 30 years inside.
Lorenza Bacino explores what to see and do on Italy's stunning Lake Garda
Lorenza Bacino June 27, 2014 Dream come true: Sydney soprano Lauren Fagan. Photo: Chris Blott Sydney soprano Lauren Fagan never expected to win a place in the Royal Opera House's prestigious and highly competitive Jette Parker Young Artists Program.
By Lorenza Bacino Forensic archaeologist Estelle Lazer is an expert on Pompeii. She spends most of her working life locked away in dusty vaults, trying to give ancient civilisations the life they deserve.
From Sunshine Coast to Royal Opera House Photo credit - Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University © Dou Ribou, 2013 Samuel Dale Johnson as Count Almaviva and Tabatha McFadyen as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University © Dou Ribou, 2013
Captain June and the Dalyan Turtles
Dutch International Human Rights lawyer Michiel Pestman talks about the trials and tribulations of working at the ECCC. Photo courtesy of Mark Peters.
Every day is different in the life of Rebecca Hossack. Today is no exception. She's just celebrated 26 years of the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London, partying late into the night with a variety of guests including the singer Adele, and later she's catching a plane to Hong Kong and then on to the US.
The offices of global law firm Reed Smith are on the 32nd floor in the heart of London's financial hub, with sweeping views across the city. Sarah Morton-Ramwell has been working here since 2007 and heads the corporate social responsibility and pro bono projects for Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Lake Iseo in Northern Italy's Lombardy region is considerably smaller and nowhere near as well known as its sister Lake Garda, but, as they say, 'small is beautiful'. Lorenza Bacino got an invitation to get to know the lake and it's bubbly surrounding area - the wine-producing Franciacorta zone.
UK Green Party Leader, and former Sydney alumni, Natalie Bennett
New charter aims to change perceptions of migration Europe / Peace & Democracy 10 Feb 2014 After 300 Eritrean asylum seekers lost their lives in a disaster at sea, a group of individuals came together to create a pact that aims to change the way we think about migration An
Hocking reflects on his time at the ICTY
Lorenza Bacino meets cardiac radiographer and knitwear designer, Brooke Roberts.
'No more', say Indian communities fighting violence against women 13 May 2013 It's a warm, balmy evening much like any other in the bustling Indian capital of Delhi. The streets are alive with the smells of sizzling food and the shouts of traders selling their wares.
Lake Garda is Italy's largest lake at fifty miles long and 11 miles wide. Many a writer and poet have unlocked their inspiration by spending time here, attracted by the forgiving Mediterranean climate, pretty harbour towns, and the many picturesque villas.
Here's the second part of Lorenza's trip to Lake Garda in Italy in which she offers her final three tips on what to see and do there... A leisurely boat ride up the shoreline to Limone is a lovely way to enjoy the scenery on the lake as the boat stops off at several other little harbour towns along the way.
The Marche region in central Italy is vastly under-explored if you compare it to Tuscany or Umbria, but, argues Lorenza Bacino, the area deserves much more attention. After all, it's home to the biggest cave complex in Europe - the Grotte di Frasassi - in the heart of the Gola della Rossa National Park.
This is a guest post by Lorenza Bacino, Anglo-Italian journalist and travel writer. Lorenza went to check out Kelling Heath Holiday Park in Norfolk with her family on behalf of Mums do travel. Kelling Heath is designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Lorenza Bacino explores Milan in Winter. Photos courtesy of Alex Roe
This is a guest post by Lorenza Bacino, Anglo-Italian journalist and travel writer. Lorenza went to check out Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest ship, on behalf of Mums do travel. I've just returned from a mini-cruise on Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean and the world's third largest cruise ship.
This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist and travel writer Lorenza Bacino. "My two children (11 and nine) thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic two-day break at Potters Resort on the Norfolk coast this October half-term. We arrived mid-morning on Saturday, and although we couldn't check into our rooms till a bit later, we were allowed access to the on-site facilities.
Guest post by Lorenza Bacino If you think backpacking in Greece with children sounds like hard work, think again. Journalist Lorenza Bacino had been yearning to re-live her youth and do a spot of island hopping, but was reluctant to try it until the kids were a little older.
Unwind in Turkey, with yoga and discovery Photos by Lorenza Bacino
This is a guest post by Lorenza Bacino, freelance journalist and travel writer. Lorenza's lived and worked in France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Australia and is now based in London with her family (husband and two kids aged 11 and 8). Lorenza and her family took a trip to Rome recently.
Lorenza Bacino explores what to see and do in Verona Photos by Lorenza Bacino
Verona has much to offer the visitor beyond its Romeo and Juliet heritage. Lorenza Bacino explores. Photos - Lorenza Bacino
This is a guest post by Lorenza Bacino. Lorenza's a freelance journalist and travel writer. She's lived and worked in France, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Australia and is now based in London with her family (husband and two kids aged 11 and 8).
Turtles, beaches, ruins and mud baths
Old fashioned petrol stations
Miss Whisky on how to enjoy the 'water of life'. Image courtesy of Alwynne Gwilt.
All you need to know about Turin
Here is part one of a two part feature on Lorenza's tips on where to go and what to see on a visit to Turin. By the way, you may need a long weekend to see and do everything Lorenza did. Over to you, Lorenza... Even when it rains in Turin it doesn't matter.
Here's part two of Lorenza Bacino's two part feature on what to do and see when spending a weekend in the tantalizing northern Italian city of Turin. If the weather is good, go up in the balloon!
Italy Chronicles contributor, Lorenza Bacino has been on her Italy travels again. Last time she sampled Turin, this time round she explored Verona. April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare and I found myself in the medieval Italian town of Verona, the setting of one of the bard's most famous romantic tragedies, Romeo and Juliet.
Peace of mind and positive energy in Turkey
Yoga inspired jewelry for change
Pampering Japanese style
When husband, human rights lawyer, Michiel Pestman got a job at the UN Cambodia tribunal, wife Kate and daughters joined him for the year
Castello childhood memory
All about oils
All about herbs
interview with Paul Thomas
AposTherapy feature, health
interview on new cookbook, Sarah Mayor
Ralph Heimans, portraitist
a nostalgic look at my Italian family castle
Castello part 2
Discovering Slow Food