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.
(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
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
On my way from Sorrento, it’s a grey morning with low cloud but the forecast is fine… On the Island! Up the funicular to Capri township, and then onto the bus and up, up, up to Anacapri. Then straight onto the chairlift up to the highest point on the Island. I am in heaven! I’m… Read More Capri
I practically run for the walkway up above Taormina. It is a fine clear sunny day but heavy rain is forecast for the next 3 days.This may be my only day to see as much as possible. Taking on the climb at a cracking pace I huff and puff and I’m sure, I am very… Read More Sicily: Taormina
Choosing accommodation is always a bit of a punt but it’s a whole nother ballgame staying in Italy’s religious accommodation. I had thought it would be a wise thing to do, being a woman travelling alone, trying to keep costs down and for finding like-minded travelers. (See my post, ‘Happy, Cheap & Rich in Culture’, for… Read More Convent & Monastery Stays Can Be Hell
I got off the bus from Palermo hungry (it’s lunchtime), and promptly walked in the wrong direction. Thank goodness for google maps which got me back the right way and along the road to my latest monastery accommodation. It looks very like a Hotel, with a hotel reception and hotel restaurant. But across the road… Read More Sicily: Siracuse & its Beautiful Island Ortigia