Thursday, October 24, 2013

Back from holiday ...

Part one.
Well, I said I'd be back mid October and sure enough the stats show a spike in blog views so I better tell you all what I've been doing.  In a word - travelling.  Our bi-yearly trip to Europe.  This time we took in Croatia and Rome with a few side excursions.

We started with two nights in Singapore to break the travel into two 10-11 hour stints per leg.  I found what was my favourite yarn store (Golden Dragon) and spent time browsing the shelves and book stands so I could plan for our return.  In the end there was no stash enhancement and the shop has gone down the list of favourites.

We visited Raffles Hotel and had a good wonder around but one little mooncake was $68 so no cup of tea but I can say I've had a pee at Raffles!
Raffles atrium

Flew on to Rome with a stop at Doha.  The air at Doha, even in the middle of the night was hot and thick, just like pea soup.  How they are going to hold the soccer world cup there I don't know.  In Rome we got straight on to a train to Orvieto, a small city in the hills of Umbria, to regroup before training on to the coast and taking a boat to Split, Croatia.  Orvieto has been populated since Eutruscan times and we enjoyed delving into its history.  The Duomo (cathedral) has a spectacular fascade which is much appreciated by the older residents.  They would come into the piazza at sunset and sit and look, natter and socialise.


Another monument we explored was the Pozzo di S. Patrizio, a well built for the Popes at the time of the sack of Rome in 1527.  The central well shaft is surrounded by ramps in a double helix designed for one way traffic so that mules laden with water jars could pass down then up unobstructed.
Old buildings incorporating rock crops
Orvieto street

Views to the valley below Orvieto

More next time, I have a loom to thread.

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