Jenny Freedman


I love to travel!

Travel has always been a big part of my life and I have been fortunate to have visited many countries and been on some amazing trips.

For a long time my husband’s work took him to Italy so I would hitch a ride and we would explore another corner of this beautiful country. We love Piemonte for its beautiful villages, amazing food and fabulous wines though after a five week trip to Sicily, it has serious competition!

I do love the countryside but I need a fix in a big city every now and again. I’m not fussy! Paris, New York, Istanbul, London or Rome will do! I also love learning about other cultures and trips to India, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the small towns of Central Turkey have inspired me to travel far and wide whenever I can.

Researching a trip is important. Shortlists of hotels are created, blogs read and books devoured. I hate to miss out on a good restaurant, fabulous shop or interesting hotel. You’re in the wrong place if you’re looking for back packing secrets!

I love a bit of luxury but often I prefer to stay at a cute 3* boutique hotel and splurge on a fabulous meal. Food is important in my travels and restaurants play a big part when visiting a city.

Sharing these experiences is part of the fun and this is why the blog started. As a travel agent with 10 years experience in a previous life, friends and family would often ask where we stay or what restaurants we went to so the blog was designed to answers those questions.

The destination list at the top of the blog will lead you to the many countries I have visited and written about but here are a few of my favourite posts to help you get started!

Memories of Sicily : The last of over 50 posts on Sicily which will help you plan a trip to this fabulous island.
5 Places to Visit in Milan
Secrets of the Brera
Imagine living in Monforte d’Alba
My Favourite Restaurant in Piemonte: All’Enoteca

New York
Eating in New York
What to do in New York
The Cloisters: New York’s Hidden Museum
Brunch in NYC
Walking New York’s High Line

10 Fabulous Restaurants in Paris
Rue Montorgueil Food Market
Marie Antoinette’s Farm
April Flowers at the Hotel George V

Your Guide to Istanbul: What to do
Istanbul’s Aya Sofia Museum
Istanbuls’ Hidden Street
Rustem Pasha: My favourite Mosque in Istanbul

I love going to India…it gets under your skin..so much so that I have been six times! These posts may help you understand why!
Sightseeing in Jaipur
The Dhobi Ghats of Mumbai
Kumaon Village Walks
Romantic Udaipur

Perth is home for me though I spend a lot of time in Melbourne where one of my daughters lives. The diverse landscape of our country is exciting and challenging.
6 Fun Melbourne Restaurants
A Weekend in Margaret River
What to do in Broome
6 Fun Melbourne Restaurants
A Taste of Rottnest Island: Crayfish


I love hearing from you all so please keep the comments coming.

I love Instagram too so please come and join me there. Now with Instagram Stories you can literally join me as I wander around a city! I update Facebook daily and more often if I’m travelling so come and join me there too…don’t forget to ‘like’ the page and add it to your interests feed so you don’t miss out!

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Happy travelling





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37 Responses to About

  1. Jenny May 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Looking forward to keeping up with your latest travel adventure and reading about the fabulous restaurants and food you discover.

  2. Twirl Travel June 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    We look forward to hearing more about your travels. We loved Mandranova and meeting Pino at La Madia – excellent food and accomodations. We return every year!

    • jennyfreedman June 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      Great you are enjoying the travels. Mandranova was very special and we’d be returning every year as well if we lived a bit closer!

  3. Sandi Brown August 16, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Jen, Just loved the feature on Mondello memories of a walk down from Marco’s villa for a gelato, bliss. It is such fun reading of your travels, and the photos are fabulous

    • Jenny August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks Sandi.
      I’m pleased it brought back happy memories of Mondello for you.
      You’ll have to visit again one day!

  4. Jessica October 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Your blog looks awesome! I also have a travel blog, and I am loving it as a way to keep track of what I do and see, and also where I eat! I am looking forward to my first trip to India next year. I will definitely be reading all your posts about India, and I hope you don’t mind if I have a lot of questions as I prepare. Thanks again!

    • Jenny October 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Hi Jessica. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. This blog also started out as a personal record for friends and family to see where we’ve been and what amazing food we have had. I’ve kept it going as I love sharing my travels so I am only to happy to help you with your questions on India. It’s a fabulous country- I’m sure you’ll love it

  5. Becoming Madame December 9, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Great new setup! Hope you continue to enjoy your fascinating travels! Take care.

    • atasteoftravel December 9, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Thankyou for stopping by and for your comments. It’s a challenge to start again but I’m enjoying it and love hearing from everyone.

  6. jan December 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Hello, My name is Jan and I have a travel blog also. You are lucky to be working in the travel industry. Sounds like a great idea. How did you manage to get the job? I too love Italy. We stayed a week in Ceriana, Liguria, 3 days in La Spezia, and 5 near Castel del Piano in Tuscany. I think that I would also like Piedmont. I have only just found your site (through your photo on Not a Ballerina) and I intend to read more of your posts.

    • atasteoftravel December 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      Hi Jan. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I’m looking forward to reading your blog. I actually retired this time last year so have had a fabulous year travelling and not working. Your Italy trip sounds great. I’m sure you’d love Piedmont – I’ve written a few posts on it that can give you an idea of what the area is like, though I am very biased!! Hope you enjoy them.

  7. Lisa and Tim September 8, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    Thank you for sharing your travel experiences in Piedmont. My husband and I are planning a trip to Piedmont and are hoping to stay at La Villa Hotel (this is how i found your blog . . . i wanted to see more pictures of the hotel and the surrounding areas and your blog popped up). Your postings of your experiences are so very, very helpful as we have never been to Italy. Thank you for all the tips and pictures.

    • [email protected] September 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Lisa and Tom. Thank you for your lovely comments. I’m so glad the posts could be of help to you. Piemonte is my favourite area of Italy (with Sicily a close second!) and we try to go back there every year or two that we can. I love staying in the Langhe area around Monforte d’Alba, La Morra etc but on the last trip we wanted to try La Villa and were not disappointed…it is a beautiful place to stay. We did find ourselves travelling quite a bit to get back to the Langhe area but there is also a lot to see around La Villa! Depending on how long you have, you may want to think about splitting the time! One thing’s for sure ..you will have a fabulous time.

  8. Amalia Maloney July 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    I love your blog and most of all your passion for and style of traveling! I’m so glad to have found you and look forward to referring to your great tips.
    Perhaps we can collaborate someday on sharing blog-posts or travel tips. I have a lot of friends in Italy and many other places, especially that love food as well 🙂
    Thank you for what you’re doing and for sharing it with the world!

    • Jenny Freedman July 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Thank you Amalia for your kind words. We love Italy and hope to spend more time there next year once we arrange a visa. Food os one of our passions…we always love to learn of new places we must visit and eat at! Sharing travel tips sounds like a great idea!

  9. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey September 29, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    Hello fellow Aussie!!!! So great I found you (Thanks to Farrah @ The three under). I’m drooling reading some of your posts…… delightful.

    • Jenny Freedman October 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Sarah-Jane. I always love to hear from a fellow Aussie! Thanks or stopping by…looking forward to some chats!

  10. Ayla October 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    I really like your blog! So jealous of all the places you’ve seen to so far. Keep up the traveling, looking forward to your new posts :).

    • Jenny Freedman October 4, 2013 at 5:13 am #

      Thanks you Ayla.We’re very lucky to be having such a fabulous year travelling. There’ll be more blog posts soon…hopefully! In the meantime you can follow our travels live on facebook and instagram.

  11. Lisa November 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Great site! I blog about food from all around the world but I rarely get to travel – mostly I do research from my home in Newton MA. I did, however, just get back from a trip to Istanbul. What an amazing city! Ever since I got back, I’ve been excited to read more about food and travel in Istanbul and that’s how I found your blog – through the Turkish Food community on Google+

    • Jenny Freedman December 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Lisa. Istanbul is a fabulous city isn’t it! It keeps pulling me back there which I’m sure has a lot to do with the food of the country. I’m gald you had a chance to visit. Thanks fr stopping by and commenting. See you on G+

  12. Diana Jackson December 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks for your wonderful posts Jenny. So many places I’d love to visit. I’ve nominated you on my blog for a new award. Hope you can accept and add it to your others. http://selectionsofreflections.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/253/ have a great Christmas!

    • Jenny Freedman December 17, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks so much Diana for your support and for your nomination. I’m very flattered. I’ll pop over to your blog and read all about it.

  13. Neva January 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    The shapes of your travels and different foods is a great montage. Love it.

    • Jenny Freedman January 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Thanks Neva. It’s a bit of fun. I like challenges such as this that make you think outside the box. I find they also help looking at subjects differently when you pick up the camera.

  14. Pia Anderson April 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Found your blog through Linked In – thank you for the invaluable information on Istanbul, hope it’s ok if I’ve copied some of the script – specificalkly where and what to eat!! – to circulate amoungs our fellow travellers?
    We have very limited time on land – 4 days in Istanbul (I have a guide lined up) then on to Cannakale and Selcuk for a total of 3 nights – we board our yachts at Marmaris and end up at Gocek.
    Do you have any recommendations on the water – ie special coves, places to stop for lunch/dinner etc, what we must not miss etc?
    I will tell the group to get onto your Taste of Travel website and do their reading!
    You’ve been busy – it’s a sensational blog!!
    Pia x

    • Jenny Freedman April 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

      Thanks Pia…glad you found it.I’m hoping to have a post on eating in Istanbul published before your trip so stay tuned!
      There’s some fabulous little bays along this coast…some have bars and some don’t. The skipper on the boat will know the best places to stop. We spent a few hours in Dalyan which was interesting. We found that the food on our gulet was fabulous so apart from a couple of times we spent the nights on the boat and went ashore during the day. You’ll have a fabulous time!

  15. Joanna Kalafatis September 7, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    Great blog, I just stumbled across it through your Instagram profile! So jealous to see you are in Greece right now, Folegandros looks lovely…keep on traveling!

    • Jenny Freedman September 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks Joanna. Folegandros has been fabulous. It is one island I will definitely return to.

  16. Anuradha October 8, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    Jenny …. All pics are really wonderful, I came to know about so many places and their beauty.
    I m an Indian and from kumaon and you took all true pics of kumaon.
    You keep on traveling and I will keep on tracing you.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      Thanks Anuradha. You live in a fabulous part of India. I’d love to come back and travel through there again…especially when the azaleas are in flower

  17. jennyandstephenmilan February 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi Jenny, I’m another Australian Jenny and we’ve been living in Milan for the past year and a half. I’ve just started researching a trip to Sicily thus I found your blog. Thank you, it’s been a wonderful starting point. Perhaps like you we will end up loving Sicily almost as much as we love the Piedmont!

    • Jenny Freedman February 19, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

      Hi Jenny. How fabulous to have been living in Milan for eighteen months…it’s such a great city. I’m very envious of you having Piemonte on your doorstep! Sicily is fabulous…you will love it.I’m pleased that the blog is of help to you.If you have any questions, please email me. Buon Viaggio

  18. Doreen Pendgracs December 7, 2016 at 4:47 am #

    Hi Jenny. Nice to meet you via the Boomer Travel FB group. I love the way you have highlighted your various countries and regions here on this page. Travel is such an infectious pleasure, isn’t it? I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Jenny Freedman December 8, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Doreen. Great to meet you too. We’re addicted to travel and are loving having the time now to take longer trips and more of them.

  19. Ocean Scuba Dive February 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    Hey Jenny! What a lovely blog 🙂 It’s so nice to see someone so passionate about travel. I too am infected with the travel bug!

    • Jenny Freedman March 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks! It’s an addictive bug to have!

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