Marvelous Milan

September 11, 2016 in Europe, Italy

There are no souls in the ossuary chapels, only bones. Bones of old men and of children. Bones of the pious and the damned. Bones of criminals, heads lopped off […]

Lake Como, Italy… Mountains, Beaches and Wow

September 10, 2016 in blog, Italy

It’s the colours that make this lake spectacular. The kaleidoscope that paints the mountains as the sun turns through the sky, dropping individual crystals of the glowing mosaic into place, […]

Venice, Italy

September 6, 2016 in Italy

The Sea… The sea, snaking silently between the stone walls, lapping at the mossy stone steps where ghostly feet of doges and bishops past still walk their nightly vigil, is […]

Camino de Santiago: The most worthwhile journey I’ve taken

November 20, 2015 in Europe, Spain

Today’s question for the Indie Travel Challenge centers on life changing journeys. We’ve taken more than our share of grand adventures. I’ve had the privilege to go places, and see […]

Road tripping France with carrentals.co.uk: Five Tips

July 26, 2014 in Europe, France, Inspiration

France is one of those countries that begs to be driven. The last time we were there, in 2008, we were on bicycles but it was February and the Mistral […]

Camino de Santiago: Graffiti on The Way

July 14, 2014 in Europe, Spain, Travelogue

I found the graffiti on the Camino fascinating. The path is painted, from end to end, with yellow arrows and with messages from other pilgrims. Every day I took at […]

Camino de Santiago: On Galicia’s enchanted forests

July 5, 2014 in Europe, Spain

The trees of the Galician forests have eyes. Big ones that are open wide and always watching as pilgrims pass through the bowered paths tripping lightly across the wide stone […]

Camino de Santiago: Day 31: In which my feet do not hurt

June 30, 2014 in Europe, Spain

I hate putting on my boots. The process is preceded by a ten minute ritual of popping blisters, applying antiseptic, cutting and folding gauze, bandaging raw spots with tape and […]

Camino de Santiago: Gregorian Chant

June 28, 2014 in Europe, Spain

The interior of the cathedral is crumbling. I can’t say that I’d even call it a cathedral, more of a chapel built to the scale of the small town that […]

Camino de Santiago: The rocks speak

June 26, 2014 in Europe, Spain

Astorga to Rabanal is a lovely walk. Today was marked by the messages, inscribed on stones, and left along the path. Before long, I found myself hunting for them, like […]

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