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
What makes a stay in a particular accommodation or town a good one? What are the factors that sway our opinion from ‘meets our needs’ to ‘exceeds them’? Or makes for ‘below expectations’? The accommodation providers and booking.com and the like ask questions such as: -were the staff friendly and polite? -was the check in… Read More The Comforts of an Entitled Princess
The tourist triangle of the 3 P’s includes Pompei, Paestum and Positano and sitting at the geographical center of these is Salerno. I loved Salerno and would go again tomorrow if I wasn’t 27 hours away in New Zealand. Salerno is easy to get to on the main trunk train line from Rome, Naples, Reggio… Read More The Salerno Triangle: Surrounded by Wonderful on Every Side .
Cosenza is in inland Calabria, tucked into the Crati valley surrounded by 7 mountains at the confluence of two rivers. It is elegant and referred to as the Athens of Italy. There is street art, literary quotes, and glimpses of craftsmanship everywhere. The city felt so different to the rest of Calabria that I felt… Read More Cosenza
22 kms up the road from Reggio Calabria (or about half an hour and €2.40 on a train) is the seaside town of Scilla. When you step off the train and walk down off the platform onto the street level, you are practically meters from the sea in the newer part of town. The beach… Read More Mermaids & Monsters
This city revealed itself slowly to me. I’m reminded of the scene in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun where the main character is cleaning her bed head describing how when you take on a new project (such as buying a house) you need to ‘…go slowly through the house, be polite, introduce yourself, so it can… Read More Calabria – Reggio di Calabria
The vibe in a nutshell: Gentle pace, family holiday at the seaside, have zero English expectation. What I liked: The old town with it’s imposing Castle of Charles V at the top. After the absence of an old town in Reggio Calabria (due to a series of catastrophic blows), it was a welcome addition to… Read More Calabria – Crotone