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).
If I were to tell you something of my camino you would nod and say uh huh, as though you knew it. But my camino is a million sights and smells, the cuckoos calling, a smile, a limp, mud, sun, breezes, flowers and snails. Rain. For hours. Hanging my laundry on a wire line,… Read More A Camino Poem
Waahoo, next trip booked and leave approved! I’m heading for Molise and Puglia this trip. “I know where Puglia is but where is Molise?” …you ask: Molise is Italy’s youngest region splitting off from Abruzzo in 1963 and only becoming effectively independent in 1970. It has a low population density compared with the rest of… Read More Off the Beaten Track
The build-up to the general election in Italy is underway and will take place on the 4th of March. I thought I would get a bit of an education so I can better understand and follow. Below is my limited synopsis of what is, in reality, a complex mishmash of ideologies. Of course, these are… Read More La Politica Italiana
We have an ongoing joke at my house. I need to be at the airport 90 minutes before my flight, my husband is a show up at the last minute kind of guy. We call this hypervigilant check-in behaviour the airport gene. My oldest son has inherited it from me, (sorry Chris). It extends further. When I’m… Read More The Airport Gene
After Romulus, the founding father of Rome, there were a series of Kings until the time of the republic. These men are part flesh and blood and part myth; having lived too long ago for there to be enough evidence for their existence and the achievements attributed to them. The bulk of what we know of… Read More The 7 Kings of Rome