“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
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
As we go about our usual lives it is rare to meet other people that have the same interests and passions especially when they are niche. When I first became unusually and irrationally obsessed with Italy and all things Italian I felt very alone with that. No one around me could understand my desire to… Read More Meeting My Tribe In Italy
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.
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
After a nearly 3 year passionate and intense love affair with Italy, (which continues to this day), I am being disloyal and this year heading for her big sister, Spain! I have spent the last 2 years or so learning about the walk to Santiago de Compostela, (Camino de Santiago), in Galicia, the north west of Spain.… Read More Unfaithful
Milan has a grand fascist style train station, a great metro with 4 lines , very cool and interestingly decorated trams and is super easy to navigate. The food options are diverse, I had a Pad Thai at the station, a spud & egg meal in the Galleria by the Duomo and of course, gelato,… Read More Eating Thai in Milano