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
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 .
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.
I expected to love Alberobello. I had seen images on travel documentaries. Everyone raved that I should go. Brimming with anticipation I caught the train from my base in Bari and set off for a day trip. The iconic wee conical houses with their pointy roofs started to appear as the train drew closer out… Read More Hunza in Alberobello
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
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
I’d been on a wonderful social tour for a week and suddenly it had come to an end and I was back to travelling solo. I had a nice sleep in Termoli at my usual, The Oceano Rooms (great location, great host), and then I was on a ferry at the port and off to… Read More Tremiti Islands Tears & Femminelle.