Monthly Archives: October 2011

Getting sassi in Matera

After Paestum we planned to go to the city of Matera following an enthusiastic recommendation from our Texan friends, Virginia and Zac. Luckily for us it is one of the few places in Southern Italy with a campsite open at … Continue reading

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Paestum

Ellie’s already mentioned that all of Italy seems to take a quick look at the calendar, rather than the weather forecast, before getting dressed in the morning – further proof of that came on the road towards Paestum. You know … Continue reading

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Coasting to Amalfi and beyond

The weather broke the day we left Pompei and the heavens opened. We weren’t going far, just 20km along the coast but away from the run down urban edge that surrounds Pompei. Having stocked up at the nearby supermarket, we … Continue reading

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Header pic archive

We were thinking the other day about the header pics we’ve been using on the site. When we first started travelling, we found it difficult to take pics that looked good in the very narrow format (940 x 198 pixels, … Continue reading

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Up Pompei

After leaving Abruzzo and the snow behind us, we headed south with the sun rapidly warming. We’d decided that going through Napoli itself was likely to be a thoroughly daft move, and jumping on the autostrada isn’t really what this … Continue reading

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Are we making your forecourt look untidy? (part 3)

You may remember the saga of our breakdown in France over the summer, made worse by the lack of communication we had from ADAC, our breakdown recovery service. When we got a chance, we wrote a letter to ADAC outlining … Continue reading

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After the news, the weather

On the final approach to Assisi, we’d jumped on the autostrada and skirted Perugia – a highway of tunnels and viaducts, with fleeting glimpses of suburban sprawl heading steeply upwards towards where we presumed the city centre lay. So it … Continue reading

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Assisi (twinned with San Francisco, Santiago de Compostela and Bethlehem)

Assisi’s pale stone buildings in its setting along a hillside can be seen for miles around. Our campsite was around 5 km from the town and we took the walking route there. It felt fitting somehow to approach it on … Continue reading

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On to Umbria

We left Siena with mixed feelings – we’d just about had enough of the campsite (as we seem to have had with every site we’ve spent more than a couple of days at – does the perfect campsite exist?), but … Continue reading

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Senese Sojourn

Siena is another Tuscan power house of Renaissance art and architecture with its own key characters – perhaps the biggest names being Jacopo della Quercia and Beccifumo – as well as featuring some of our usual suspects from the Florentine … Continue reading

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