Walking on History

It isn’t what people do for show that interests me most, but what they do day-to-day. Perhaps that is part of the fascination that Pompeii holds for me. Like Skara Brae in the Orkneys, it is a city preserved in time, where everyone departed in a mass exodus, leaving behind the clues to the workings…

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Our Quest Continues

As one who has studied Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, I know that a true adventure is not always easy, nor is it necessarily safe. Our journey today took us way up into the hills above the Adriatic Sea, to a small hilltop village called Petrella Tifernina. On a normal day, it would have been a…

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Following Ancient Footsteps

I have a passion for ancient villages, with their narrow streets and sense of timeless story. I get pulled into the twisting passageways, intrigued by the shuttered windows and crooked doorways, the beautiful fountains and interesting architecture, always imagining the lives of the people who have walked there before me. We started our morning in…

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The Alatri Acropolis

We are having a marvellous Italian adventure and, as always, we are meeting the most wonderful people because of our shared interest in the labyrinth. I will write about Alatri and its labyrinth on my Ariadne’s Thread site once we are home and can access all our photos….. But for now, let me just share…

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Hilltop to Hilltop

We flew from Stansted to Naples this morning, rented a car, and headed into the hills, quite literally. Our first stop was in Colli a Volturno, one of the medieval villages that still perch on the hilltops in this beautiful part of the world. In the center of town, there is a little plaza dominated…

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Travel Toes

I will be walking further afield in the coming weeks, starting tomorrow morning when we fly to southern Italy for a few days of labyrinth research and photography. I realize it’s going to be cold at this time of year, probably even snowy up in the mountains, so we’re prepared for whatever the weather gods…

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Marvellous Old Mill

Rayleigh Mill was looking quite resplendent this morning when we walked through town. This beautiful windmill in the centre of Rayleigh is a well-loved landmark, and a lovely destination for a walk when we’re in the neighbourhood. Built in 1809, the Mill worked hard in its day, but now houses a local museum and offers…

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Stately Sentinel

I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, a certain ivy-twined tree that I pass almost daily as I make my way through a little alleyway en route to the village. Its size makes the walkway shady and its leaves make a mess on the path when they fall and become hazardously slippery when…

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On My Own

Solitude and an empty road…. aaaaahhhhhhh.

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Wind from the North

It is, in a word, cold. Lots of sleet today. We drove down to the seafront on our way home from somewhere else this morning, but decided that watching the birds and tides from the relative comfort of the car was far more enticing than getting out and braving the wind. Our earlier walk along…

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