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.
Nun, Wife, Servant, Courtisan. In light of the recent International Women’s day on the 8th of March I thought I would write about women in Italy. A little fact sharing: -post WWII Italian women finally got the right to vote, (over 50 years after NZ), and two years later in 1948 Italian women were granted equality.… Read More Monaca, Moglie, Serva, Cortigiana
How does a middle aged woman prepare to walk 112kms (70miles) over 9 days in Spain… …leaving for Europe in only 6 weeks? That is 12.5km average per day or 7.5 miles. Some days 10km, other days 18km. So this is what I have going on 6 weeks till departure: -purchased beautiful new walking shoes for… Read More 6 weeks out: blisters & bingeing.