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
As we go about our usual lives it is rare to meet other people that have the same interests and passions especially when they are niche. When I first became unusually and irrationally obsessed with Italy and all things Italian I felt very alone with that. No one around me could understand my desire to… Read More Meeting My Tribe In Italy
June 2018. I had to concentrate on breathing. Just focus on the in breath, then the out. My head was pounding. I lay on my single bed, sealed in my single room on the 1st floor of an old dame of a hotel in Bari, Italy. I knew nobody in Bari. There was no-one I… Read More Getting Sick when Travelling
I’m very quiet on my blog at the moment because I’m writing a book. It turns out that writing a book is a very big job! I had hoped to be done and dusted mid next year but with further toil I am starting to realise this may be a ‘several years’ kind-of a time… Read More Urine, Squill & Women’s Acrid Odours.
Does anyone know of accomodation that might be available from February until May 2019 in Italy that I could arrange on a week to week basis. (If I were miserable I need to be able to give a weeks notice and go). I am open to anywhere in Italy, however it needs to be well connected by… Read More Seeking Italian Accomodation
More than 2100 New Zealanders were killed and 6700 wounded during the liberation of Italy; that’s a lot for a little country. This gorgeous picture of New Zealand soldiers in Molise was put up on the site: https://www.facebook.com/Molisenelcuore/ on 15 July 2018. I found it incredibly moving having just come from Campobasso in June, where… Read More New Zealand Soldiers in Campobasso, Molise.
The Samnites (or in Italian, Sanniti; Safineis to the Samnites themselves), were an ancient people living in central southern Italy from many hundreds of years BC until they vanished under Roman subjugation from around 80 BC. All photos are my own. I visited Molise in May and June this year and went to some of… Read More Sanniti
What a pleasure to be in Rome in spring. The Rose gardens on Aventine Hill are open and in full bloom. The international judging was just last Saturday so I feel pleased to be able to be here when they are looking their best. And what medicine to get out of the madding crowds and… Read More Roman Roses
In the forum in Rome, at the foot of Palatine hill, is the remains of the Atrium Vestiae. In front is the Temple of Vesta, to honor the goddess of the hearth. There, in the cella of the temple is the hearth upon which the Vestal Virgins kept the sacred fire of Rome burning. The… Read More Keeping the Home Fires Burning
Shoulder to shoulder, I jostle for position in a small crowd. I take my photo. The well meaning, do-gooder beside me with an ‘oh dear’ smile looks at me and points to the other wall, …that is the Caravaggio. Slightly indignant I give a little nod. I want to convey I know that,… I just like… Read More Knowing your Caravaggio from your Carracci (or your Elbow).