First published 5th April 2017, this is my most viewed, liked and commented post ever. As it turned out, this walking path and the associated travel became one of the most profound and treasured experiences of my life. It is said that the Camino teaches us all a life lesson. Mine was patience and it… Read More Pre-Walk Wobbles
First Published 24 June 2017 & a Top Post Ever. Upon return from travel, people say to me, “I want to hear all about your trip.” I have found this is not actually the case. The Travel Story What they want is a distilled answer. One or two experiences in 10 words or less. Just… Read More Travel Stories.
“Flaming like a meteor we hit the coast, a road, high, high above the blue sea, that hooked and corkscrewed on the edge of nothing, a road carefully designed to be a little narrower than two cars side by side.” – John Steinbeck. First posted 11 April 2016. My feet have barely hit the ground… Read More Trying Not to Throw Up on the Amalfi.
I first published this in February 2016. It continues to be regularly viewed, mostly in the USA and it is my most liked post ever. It certainly generated many comments due to my confusion over whether the reported behaviour is due to the cultural divide or reflects poor behaviour in any culture. I am an… Read More Solid Gold Hits. In Second Place,… Cultural Differences.
The past two years have ensured I haven’t travelled internationally. Where I live, in New Zealand the borders remain closed until April 2022. I could get out but couldn’t get back in with out a lot of luck and a patch in managed isolation. My son recently emigrated to Australia and it wasn’t easy. There… Read More Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand
I was excited to see an image of Crete open for business last weekend. Then I read that the Greek population were not yet fully vaccinated. If we were to travel there, fully vaccinated or not and carried the virus in with us, like a covid rucksack, or more controversially like a blanket infected with… Read More Bubbles, Covid Rucksacks & Variants
There’s a little place I know in Italy where the living is cheap, the food is phenomenal and the scenery is everything you could ever want to experience in an Italian holiday. The New York Times top 52 destinations for 2020 have named it number 37! (Link here) 2-3 hours south-east of Rome and accommodation… Read More Looking For Italy In Italy
Its been a hell of a year for us. On the 15th of March 51 people died in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Five people died in a tour bus crash on the 4th of September. On the 9th of December 16 people died when a volcanic island tourist destination had a sudden eruption.… Read More Aroha from New Zealand
The third largest amphitheater in Italy is 40 minutes or so on a train from Naples. On the day I went, there was one other tourist. Imagine, an amphitheater with zero queues! The largest amphitheater is of course the Coliseum in Rome. Think insane queues but magnificent. The second biggest is in Capua. Think Spartacus. The… Read More An Amphitheater, a Super-volcano and a Vial of Blood.
Paestum was the site of a major Greek settlement (600 BC) which was later conquered by the Lucanians (the locals) then in 273 BC Rome moved in. They renamed the majestic Poseidonia, the very diminished, Paestum. It is a 50 minute train ride from Salerno, in southern Italy. (Or 1 & a 1/2 hours on… Read More From Poseidonia to Paestum
A story about my personal journey has just been published in this book which is very exciting… …so I thought I would write about some of the places in Italy where I sought the Sibyls that feature in my short story. (The story published is more of a soul searching journey I undertook to find… Read More Seeking the Sibyls in Italy