The Acquarium in Livorno – 11/08/2020

Warning: this post is photo-heavy! In an attempt to (a) fit in like a local, and (b) reduce the effort I have to make to maintain sunblocker on my person, I tend to wear long trouser/jeans in almost any temperature, unless I know I’ll end up spending most of the day in high heat. I …

Osteria Fornelli – 10/08/2020

I got up, took out the trash and, all alone (in your face, anxiety!), traipsed around some of the walls in innards of Volterra. Unsurprisingly, she was looking lovely. I couldn’t tell you what we had for lunch, I’m afraid, but we decided to go to Osteria Fornelli for dinner. Like Del Duca, this is …

Chianti Country – 02/08/2020

Right! It was time to spend the bank holiday the right way again. We took the car out and drove to the Chianti area. Much of the drive was lovely, but there were no obvious spots to pull in and take shots, sadly. The first town we visited was Castellina in Chianti, and for me, …

A Tale of Two Walks – 29/07/2020

The hump of the working week. What we did, I can’t say… at least pre-dinner time. We must have eaten in for lunch. Before, we started, though, we went for a walk. As we are an hour ahead, we have to work ‘later’ than we normally do while over in Italy. Due to the early …

Flying out to Italy – 22/07/2020

Two things were bothering me about the trip: We were facing issues travelling to Italy during Covid; and Spending hours on end in a mask, whilst cooped up in an airport and in an aircraft with anxiety had me dreading the day – and going through security and temperature checks at both ends. Well, the …

I Spent 4 weeks in Volterra in Summer – with Anxiety

The blog temporarily recommences! Yes, back in late July 2020, Niamh and I spent 4 weeks over in Volterra; 2 of them working, 2 of them playing. However, this time I was not quite myself. In very late April, I noticed a little diaphragm pain after a walk, but didn’t really think anything of it. …