Trastevere: You've Stolen My Heart - Part I

Trastevere: You've Stolen 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…