Into the unknown

Is it a big deal to jump into the unknown? Or is it a simple opening of a new chapter? The reason I’m writing this piece is that I’ve handed in my notice to my work, booked flights back to Sicily and will leave my online work December 31st. I’ve written before about facing your…

Personal thoughts on Provence.

Welcome to my final blog on Provence. This is my final travel blog before I hit the U.K. and I will be doing some writing about Oxfordshire and London. So this week will be relatively short and sweet. I have repeatedly talked about Maison Lambot’s food. There was so much else as well in the…

🎭 Plays, Performances and Politics 🎭

If you are looking for some culture and entertainment, you can’t go far wrong with Syracuse’s Greek amphitheatre and her plays. Based on the mainland, it’s set in the old bedrock, carved out by the Greeks who lived here two thousand years ago. The place has been regenerated from farmland into a modern outdoor theatre,…

Fighting and fear.

This evening I’m writing from in front of a fountain on fighting and fear. Warning: Paracetamol and sun cream does not stop lava. I’ve been tempted by the idea of writing facing fears. I have been working on several books, and one is on warfare. Being here and working on it, as well as today…

Temple and Time

As I write this, I sit on marbled steps, leading up to the temple of Athena/Minerva, sitting in the sun, witnessing a wonderful wedding in Ortigia. Light-reflecting off the marble floor of the piazza gives off a warm yellowish glow. The women dressed beautifully, and the men dressed like Mafiosi. In the background, a few…