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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Just Back from... Southern Italy

On the coast at Santa Maria di Castellabate, south of Salerno.
As you know I  haven't been posting regularly for quite some time. Well, we were out and about in southern Italy for a month  and I have so much fodder for the blog!  I love the regional diversity of Italy and the south offered us so much more to see. Wonderful hotels, Roman and Greek ruins, castles, Romanesque churches, Baroque architecture, fabulous regional food, gardens and spectacular views, as well as a wonderful historic spa will all be coming up. 
The beach and church at Positano on the Amalfi coast.
To introduce the trip it might be helpful to share the itinerary. We started with two days in Naples, three on the Amalfi coast in Positano, then nine days traveling through Puglia (the heel in Italy's boot), a  memorable night in Matera (where the houses are carved into hillside), a week in a rented villa in Cilento south of Salerno, three days on the island of Ischia and one final night in Naples. As usual I will be blogging about the places or themes that interest me, so even if I start with something chronological it doesn't often stay that way!

I can't wait to share our journey so here are a couple of pictures just to whet your appetite for the provinces of Puglia, Campania and Basilicata.
The beautiful island of Ischia.

Ahh... Neopolitan pizza, the best in the world!
Spectacular Roman glasswork in the collection of  the  National Archeological Museum in Naples.

Historic Matera in Basilicata.


Sakin said…
I like your photos;).
Thanks for letting me know! IT'a always great to hear from people.