“Flaming like a meteor we hit the coast, a road, high, high above the blue sea, that hooked and corkscrewed on the edge of nothing, a road carefully designed to be a little narrower than two cars side by side.” – John Steinbeck. First posted 11 April 2016. My feet have barely hit the ground… Read More Trying Not to Throw Up on the Amalfi.
I first published this in February 2016. It continues to be regularly viewed, mostly in the USA and it is my most liked post ever. It certainly generated many comments due to my confusion over whether the reported behaviour is due to the cultural divide or reflects poor behaviour in any culture. I am an… Read More Solid Gold Hits. In Second Place,… Cultural Differences.
The past two years have ensured I haven’t travelled internationally. Where I live, in New Zealand the borders remain closed until April 2022. I could get out but couldn’t get back in with out a lot of luck and a patch in managed isolation. My son recently emigrated to Australia and it wasn’t easy. There… Read More Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand
(il terremoto is where my heart & mind really are but words fail me here, mando il mio amore e le preghiere). My head is single mindedly, doggedly even, focused on the going. It was last trip too. I no longer can, or want, to consider the after. I want to think about packing, the door closing… Read More A Full Stop at Going
The Italian alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, Z. Yes, there are some letters missing compared to the English alphabet. Namely the J, K, W, X, and Y. “The letters J (I lunga ), K (cappa), W (V doppia or doppia V ), X… Read More Italian Language Nuances
“You will know the call of your destiny because it will sound insane”. Elizabeth Gilbert. I am wading away from the charted territory of writing about my travels in Italy, into deeper murkier ground; a place where manifesting is at work. But it has been a part of my travel experience so write about it,… Read More Manifesting Money To Travel
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
“We believe that we can add meaning to life by making things go faster. We have an idea that life is short – and that we must go fast to fit everything in. But life is long. The problem is that we don’t know how to spend our time wisely.” — Carlo Petrini, Founder of… Read More Travelling at a Snails Pace
Pompei is way bigger than I had realised, it is not a village but a city. It is very easy to get to Pompeii on the train. The circumvesuviana train line between Sorrento and Naples has a stop practically by the main entrance. I paid €4.70 for the train from Sorrento and €11.00 entrance fee. I didn’t… Read More Pompeii
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