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Month: May 2019


A cat was hiding in a milk bottle

Ants building something? Maybe an underground Colosseum??

We arrived back in Christchurch on Wednesday morning at 12 am. We left the airport and walked 10 minutes down the road to Jucy Snooze, where we spent the next five hours attempting sleep in a pod. A pod is a one person sleeping compartment in a shared dorm room. It would have been great had it not been for the gorilla snorer who drove us prematurely back to the airport to where we waited to catch our 8:30 am flight to Dunedin. We had most of Wednesday to recover at home before starting work on Thursday.

It’s now Sunday Evening, I’ve got a pot of pumpkin soup on the stove and I’m sitting down to finish off this post in the lounge, in-front of the fire, with a glass of syrah. Mitch is noodling away on the guitar in the background. Yes I must admit it’s great to be home!!!!!

All up we spent a scant three nights and two days in Rome. Although brief, Mitch and I both felt like we got a taste of the real Rome, not the glamourised one, which the travel brochure sells you, you know the pictures of ancient ruins without the crowds of tourists.

We got to see and experience a slice of everyday Rome – dinner cooked at home with our host, graffiti, supermarkets, riding the yellow tram (which no one paid to ride), the local trattoria (casual restaurant), Italian family life and get togethers/celebrations.

Our home in Rome


Mitch and I walked the streets of Rome in Search of Pigneto, a small neighbouring suburb which our host recommended we visit.


One of the main streets in Pigneto had been pedestrianised. Lively eateries and bars lined the pavement.
Buying paints

When in Rome, buy paint!!!!!! I use Maimeri’s Brera and Acrillico acrylic paint. These paints are Italian made and I used to be able to buy them in New Zealand but the year before last the supplier closed shop. So while in Italy I was determined to find some and bring them home. I managed to find a small art store in Poggi, two short tram rides from where we were staying. I spent up large as the paints were only 6.70 Euro each.

I have a bag full of heavy acrylic paints!
New paints


We are heading south of Carrara, on a series of trains bound for Perugia in Umbria.

Waiting on our first train to Piza.

Mitch found and booked the accomodation for three nights in Perugia on booking.com. It was an absolute treat to be picked up from the train station on arrival, and dropped at the door of the accommodation by the women who managed our booking.

Accomodation in Perugia
Enjoying an espresso on the balcony, very happy to be surrounded by trees.
Room with a view
View from the kitchen/lounge window
natures confetti

Fascinating peek into the past

The old town of Perugia is a mix of Etruscan, Roman and papal architecture and as such has lots of hidden treasures to find and explore. We stumbled across the 3000 year old Etruscan well, which we payed 6 Euro each to visit. I felt very vulnerable standing on the foot bridge above the water looking up at the travertine truss beams and the opening of the top of the well. Click on the link below for further info


Top of the well.

The old town

Perugia’s Old Town sits on top of a hill. We could see it from the window of our accomodation. Once you are up in the old town you can enjoy the beautiful view of the valley below.


The Mini Metro Perugia

This is what we need in Dunedin! It would be a really practical way for people to get around, especially up and down the hills which seems to put a lot of people off biking and walking. Let’ s build a mini metro system to ease congestion in the inner city and solve Dunedin’s parking problems.

“The Mini Metro in Perugia, is a family of cable propelled automated people mover systems. “A 3,027 m stretch with seven stations opened in February 2008 to relieve the inner city of car traffic. It consists of more than 25 vehicles of 5 m each, with a capacity of 25 passengers and a speed of up to 25 km per hour. The interval between successive vehicles is around 1.5 minutes. In 2013 the system carried 10,000 passengers per day. Plans exist for a second line.”


Final Stop rOME!