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
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