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A car ride to Vannes

FOR far too long, driving in France has for me been no more than a direct route to Italy. But if France has been under-appreciated, my week in Brittany has changed all that and reminded me what a simply beautiful country it is. One of the best things was that we were able to avoid … Continue reading

What’s fat, red and clever? Beautiful Bologna

ITALIANS love to pin nicknames on their favourite cities like Rome, Venice and Naples – so it says much about Bologna, the pride of northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, that it can boast at least three. There’s ‘La Dotta’, the learned one, a reference to its great university, founded in 1088, the oldest in the world, … Continue reading

A Norman church in a Neolithic henge

                                A HIGHLY unusual pairing of a ruined Norman church and a Neolithic henge creates one of Dorset’s most curious if little-known sights. Knowlton Church, not far from Wimborne, dates from the 12th century. Now in a state of ruin, … Continue reading

A walk around Blandford’s watermeadows


Bright and breezy on the Dorset coast

A bright and blustery Sunday morning on the beach at Sandbanks, Dorset.

So many heartfelt ways to say thank you

Originally posted on Rosie Staal:
? A surprising discovery in Sicily There are quite a lot of sights, when you’re in Italy, that cause you to break step, do a second take, shake your head and shrug before moving on, with the vision playing through your head long after. My visit to the Shrine of…

A little Norman gem in Dorset

                            ONE of Dorset’s smallest but most historic buildings is a tiny chapel that dates back to Norman times. St Andrew’s Church, in the little-known hamlet of Winterborne Tomson, near Blandford, was built of flint and stone early in the 12th century … Continue reading

Out of sight: an important piece of history

Originally posted on Rosie Staal:
It is hard to believe that under this depressing mound of litter lies an important historical site. There, buried under the grime and grot, is nothing less than the late-Roman tomb of a wealthy Christian family, dating from around 400 AD, containing two sarcophagi and decorated with frescoes of roses,…

A surprise discovery beside a dusty road

Originally posted on Rosie Staal:
Walking along a busy, dirty, going-nowhere sort of road called Via Elorina in Siracusa, lined with derelict buildings and some scruffy stores, an open space was revealed on my right, behind a length of paint-peeled railings. A gate was propped open so I went in, my feet brushing through the…

Naples: third time lucky

                            ALTHOUGH we had visited Naples twice before, both were brief and superficial, so we felt we owed Campania’s great city a proper visit. Our first time was in 2005 when we had spent a few days staying in Pompeii; we had … Continue reading