We are off to Pompeii! ~ #loveandpizzapuntoit

Hi there!

As you know, The Writing Shed is is Napoli this week (well, I am in Napoli this week hehe) with my “little” sister Cintia (or Cinzia – read tcheentzia – as the Italians call her).

Cintia was my inspiration to write Carolina and I swear that there was nothing else I was expecting more on this trip to Napoli than showing her all the corners “she’s been to”.

She’s having an amazing time! We’re nearly freezing (especially her!) and walking so much that at the end of the day, all we want is to crash in to bed – oh, better than that: take our shoes off and then crash in to bed.

We’re just outside Pompeii Scavi, where my writer’s role will be simply to observe “Cintia/Carolina” to wander around the thousands of years old streets and see her discover and amaze herself – as I was once amazed myself, and as Carolina did.

(Source: Smithsonian)


I’ll try to get another video from her (though I guess it will take a bit of bullying convincing. I’ll do my best.

Watch this space! 😉

While we delight ourselves and dive into the past, check the links below to read some interesting facts about Pompeii.




-BBC History: Pompeii: Portents of Disaster

– Smithsonian.com: Resurrecting Pompeii

– BBC Earth (video): Vesuvius eruption reconstruction

– BBC  One (documentary): Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time

Pompeii: The Last Day

And now, some of my Pompeii photos….

(Photos from personal archive ~ Napoli 2008/2009)

Mount Vesuvio


                                                                                                                                                 Photo from personal archive Napoli, Jan/2016


“It was a beautiful evening. As they walked, Carolina looked at the Vesuvius. She was always amazed at the sight of the Vesuvius.

‘It’s breath-taking, isn’t it? Something so powerful, so big and it seems so close. It looks as if He could swallow the whole city. I feel so small and unimportant looking at him.’

Fabrizio looked at the Mount Vesuvius and then back to her.

‘Yes, I know the feeling. There isn’t one day in my house that we don’t pray for the Vesuvius to stay asleep. If it wakes, I don’t think Napoli would survive. And I don’t think my parents could survive without Napoli.’

‘Really? But I heard that they can give something like a 7-day notice before anything happens, for people to evacuate the city.’

‘Well, what papà says, and I agree with him, is that if Napoli is this crazy with the Vesuvius asleep, imagine what wouldn’t happen if all of a sudden everyone decided to leave the city. It would be chaos.”

Extract from “Loveandpizza.it

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Amazing colour!

Flower 1
                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo from personal archive


The lovely flowers embarrass me,
They make me regret I am not a bee –
~Emily Dickinson, 1864