Upon return from travel, people say to me, “I want to hear all about your trip sometime”. I have found this is not actually the case. The Travel Story What they want is a distilled answer. Top one or two experiences in 10 words or less. Just the name of the towns; not much detail… Read More Travel Stories
Madrid is great my friend, It’s 5 to 8 in the evening and I’m drinking Sangria in Puerto del Sol. It takes a lot to get me out at night when I travel but it is the perfect temperature for strolling, and the music and warmth of the people have me hooked. I am enjoying… Read More A Letter from Madrid.
A Day in Madrid at the Prado. Normally a visit to a museum has me drained and looking for the exit within 2 hours. I have been known to queue to get into somewhere longer than I can tolerate being in there. However, I was fully absorbed by the Capitolino Museum in Rome. It kept… Read More Hieronymus, Diego and the Whims of the Heavens.
Wednesday 17th May. Today I went to Toledo. I caught the train from Madrid’s Atocha station for €20 return & 33 minutes each way. Outside the Toledo station, I turned right, walked along to the bus stop, passing the lady selling hop on hop off tickets and jumped on the local bus. It was €1.30 for a… Read More Holy Toledo!
The patterns formed quickly. For the first week, when I arrived at my accommodation from walking the best part of the day, I would have a thumping migraine headache. I would close the curtains, peel everything off, shower and hop into bed with what I needed pulled around me to arms reach. My day bag, my… Read More Joyous
It has taken hold this morning. After weeks of: ‘looking forward to’ and ‘doing my need-to-do list’; this morning I got ‘oh no, what am I thinking!’ and ‘I can’t do this’. I’m a bit scared. The first part of my travel is with my family in the UK and this is not scary at… Read More Pre-Walk Wobbles
She was sitting at a small table in the afternoon sun reading the newspaper and sipping a Crodino at a cafe outside of Rome. She was the embodiment of elegance even in this semi-rural setting on the Appia Antica. http://www.appiaanticacaffe.it/new/index.php/en/ Her long grey hair was beautifully pinned back in a french roll, her legs in… Read More A non alcoholic bitter aperitif on the Appia Antica.