I didn’t enjoy Rome so much this time. For all sorts of reasons it wasn’t flowing. I was jet-lagged, overheated and irritated. Instead of enjoying the places that in the past have given me the most profound sense of joy, I felt not much. I was noticing details I didn’t want to notice. The poor… Read More A Little Story: My Secret Sabaudia Visit.
Italy has so much history, so many sites to preserve and excavate further that it is a burden as well as a blessing. And they discover more regularly. Digging a metro station or even a garden can result in discoveries that will require costly preservation and hold ups. Culture is Italy’s natural resource, … home… Read More Too Much Heritage
Pre 1900s Rome suffered damaging flooding on a scale unimaginable to us, a couple of times every 100 years. The Jewish ghetto area seemed to take a large share of the brunt. Much of Rome was a marshy wetland between the seven hills. The last time the Tiber was in flood was December 2008, the last… Read More The Floods of Rome-At the Mercy of the Tiber
In Rome I spent a lovely evening on Gianicolo (in English: Janiculum) Hill at the lookout eating suppli. While enjoying the sunset and the rising of the full moon I barely noticed the imposing sculture behind me of a bloke on a horse. (There were a few tall handsome Americans throwing a frizzbee,… I was distracted). As I strolled… Read More Giuseppe & Anita: A Love Story
Twice I decided to get out of Rome for day trips. The first time I took to the hills, the Alban hills, the south eastern ones you gaze out towards from the roof of St Peters in Rome, (if the smog lifts). The area is a regional park called Parco Regionale dei Castelli Romani and includes… Read More 3 Breasts in Frascati & a Boar’s Head in Orvieto
In Italy I can be my future. In New Zealand I am my past until my youngest grows. In NZ I am a woman in a business jacket & smart shoes. A woman concerned with sales call rates & paying bills. A woman who fits her writing into gaps & in the end surrenders her… Read More A Poem about being in Italy called Banana Skins
After reading a great post on the travel mistakes we all make along the way, it got me thinking about some of my own. Here are some of the most memorable: Booking a transit time that is too close to allow for any delay: then missing the onward flight causing an 8 hour wait in the… Read More Travel Mistakes