"Just One More Tune..." - Arrivederci Rome!

"Just One More Tune..." - Arrivederci Rome!

Even so, it doesn’t take long for me to find my groove and, soon, a small group has gathered around me. I switch from Gershwin to Scott Joplin, then Chopin and onto Beethoven.  Then a couple of pop classics, followed by some classic Elton John. I’m completely engrossed in the music, caught up in the thrill of sitting at a piano again and delighting at what my fingers can do at the keys.

Trastevere: You Stole My Heart - Part II

Trastevere: You Stole My Heart - Part II

Yes, it’s my view that Trastevere is best enjoyed by indulging in what I call aimless wandering. My recommendation is to set off without a cellphone, or even an old-fashioned paper map, and get yourself lost. Piazzas, churches, tiny streets…there’s nothing here that will fail to disappoint. And, personally, I could walk these streets every day for the rest of my life and not get bored. It’s really that beautiful…

Trastevere: You Stole My Heart - Part I

Trastevere: You Stole My Heart - Part I

The tiny, narrow streets are reminiscent of medieval times; its alleyways a veritable labyrinth.  Packed full of small stores (selling artsy clothes and bijoux jewellry), it’s the perfect place to get lost in Rome. Traditional thin-crust pizza, artisan gelato, splendid churches, hipster bars and coffee shops aplenty, it would take a true Hard-Hearted Hannah not to be charmed…

The Lost Art of Letter-Writing - Part I

The Lost Art of Letter-Writing - Part I

As an editor and writer, and a woman who is constantly travelling, I have come to appreciate the joy of email, WhatsApp, Instagram and Wikipedia and how it keeps me close to those I love, in whatever far flung part of the globe they reside.  But I would be lying if I said I didn’t have regular pangs of nostalgia, for landlines, libraries and - most of all - letter-writing…

Macabre and Morbid - a trip to the Crypt of the Capuchin Friars

Macabre and Morbid - a trip to the Crypt of the Capuchin Friars

The crypt contains the remains of over 3,500 bodies - it is believed that they were monks (friars) and their followers.   Set out in six small chapels (all named after different body parts, including pelvises and leg bones) the skulls and bones you will see are not laid about randomly - on the contrary, they are put together in quite elaborate displays…