First Published 24 June 2017 & a Top Post Ever. Upon return from travel, people say to me, “I want to hear all about your trip.” I have found this is not actually the case. The Travel Story What they want is a distilled answer. One or two experiences in 10 words or less. Just… Read More Travel Stories.
“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
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
On the 4th of September 2010 Christchurch in New Zealand had a nasty earthquake. The majestic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was closed. This was because it was deemed to need strengthening work. The second earthquake five months later was catastrophic. Here are 2 images from information boards outside the barbed wire fencing showing how… Read More Mary has her Moment
Upon return from travel, people say to me, “I want to hear all about your trip sometime”. I have found this is not actually the case. The Travel Story What they want is a distilled answer. Top one or two experiences in 10 words or less. Just the name of the towns; not much detail… Read More Travel Stories
First published 5th April 2017, this is my most viewed, liked and commented post ever. As it turned out, this walking path and the associated travel became one of the most profound and treasured experiences of my life. It is said that the Camino teaches us all a life lesson. Mine was patience and it… Read More Pre-Walk Wobbles
Originally posted on Heart in Abruzzo:
There’s a striking railway journey that connects the Abruzzo province with neighbouring Molise. This journey is named the TranSiberiana d’Italia due to the evocative and remote scenery of the trip which crosses the Appenines, covered in snow much of the year. Historic towns, railway stations, mountains, valleys and plains of wild beauty are traversed…
I didn’t enjoy Rome so much this time. For all sorts of reasons it wasn’t flowing. I was jet-lagged, overheated and irritated. Instead of enjoying the places that in the past have given me the most profound sense of joy, I felt not much. I was noticing details I didn’t want to notice. The poor… Read More A Little Story: My Secret Sabaudia Visit.