Magical Matera: Italy’s 9,000-Year-Old Cave City

Sometimes, a place you visit really gets into your heart. That happened to me in Hawai’i. There, they call it ‘aloha’.

Paestum, Italy – Sun, Sea & A City from 500 BC

As ever, it was a long and winding road to Paestum – a beach resort with the added charm of a Greek city and three Doric temples, dating back to 500 BC.

Pup Pompeii – The Closest You Can Get To Time Travel

Everything aches! I couldn’t sleep because my back, hips, and feet were killing. That’s two days of sightseeing for you – Up Vesuvius and Up Pompeii! For those of you who remember Frankie Howerd and the 1970s comedy Up Pompeii, Pup Pompeii is my worst pun yet. Just think yourselves lucky that there wasn’t aContinue reading “Pup Pompeii – The Closest You Can Get To Time Travel”

Vesuvius: Fear, Fascination & An Eyewitness Account

The cloud was rising from a mountain … I can best describe its shape by likening it to a pine tree. It rose into the sky on a very long trunk from which spread some branches. It appeared sometimes bright, and sometimes dark and spotted with patches of dirt and ash … Broad sheets ofContinue reading “Vesuvius: Fear, Fascination & An Eyewitness Account”