Italy 2018, Part 4

Part 4! This is one of my favourite posts I have done. Reason: I have always been fascinated by the history of Pompeii. I look at videos such as this one part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition in 2009 held at Melbourne Museum: A Day in Pompeii.

It always fascinates me how quickly it happened. Even though it started at 8AM, there was no way that anyone could have escaped the affects of the eruption.

This eruption of Vesuvius changed the landscape forever, and as the video goes on to say, it changed it so much that within a few years they couldn’t even work out where Pompeii was buried. All that history, and life, destroyed and buried by the power of nature.

DAY 9

Tuesday 19th

Laura was our tour guide once again and it took us an hour to reach the foot of Mount Vesuvius from the other side of the bay. Pompeii was so much better than I had anticipated! Being there in person was a completely different experience than looking at pictures.

There were more brothels than I thought there would have been. There was a street that was purely for prostitution. Our tour guide took us around said brothels and the beds were made out of stone. In the corridors leading to the rooms there were pornographic art on the ceiling. Me and my younger brother decided we didn’t want to see this so we kept our heads down.

We passed temples, various bakeries and bathing houses. We even saw famous human remains of people who died back in this tragic event.

Above is a picture diary of our day in Pompeii. I hope you enjoy!

Day 10

Wednesday 19th

On our last day of the holiday, we visited the Cinema Teatro Armida. We had the opportunity to enjoy the excellent performance of the famous dance – The Tarantella.

It was so uplifting, the dancing, singing and the use of the tambourines made you want to tap your foot and dance along with them on the stage.

If you get the opportunity to enjoy it, I would strongly recommend you go!

Here is the link to their facebook page: Cinema https://www.facebook.com/cinemateatroarmida/

Down below is a little sneak peek of the performance taken on my phone that I thought you might enjoy:

This is the last of this series! It has been fun to look back on the holiday with my family. Thank you to those who read through my first Holiday series. I hope you enjoyed it.

Norway 2019, Part 1

My family and I went on a beautiful cruise to Norway in May 2019 and we are due to return later on this year (that is if Covid doesn’t get involved!). I cannot wait because I love the place and the people!

I didn’t keep a journal like I did for our holiday in Italy but I still have the beautiful pictures and experiences to share with you!

We travelled from Newcastle and after travelling for roughly 36 hours and 548 miles, we made it into Norwegian territory. We first visited Bergen.

Bergen

I found this city so interesting. All these colourful buildings, the little cobbled and wooden flooring gave it a little-village vibe, and yet it being a major city. There were modern building mixed in with the old and that mix worked well here.

Not many actually like fish but you can’t help but be fascinated by the fish market right in the heart of the city. According the to VisitBergen website: “The picturesque Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway’s most visited outdoors markets.” (The Fish Market in Bergen). No wonder it is the most visited! It has been providing sustainable food to locals since the 1200’s and is a great place to visit whether you are a curious tourist or a local searching for your evening meal.

Not exactly one of the main attractions but when we were having a wander around we passed a flower shop with exquisite flowers!

We went on an excursion that took us to: ØVRE-EIDE FARM. Their website isn’t in English, but if you scroll all the way to the bottom you have the option to translate it. You will find it showcases some beautiful photos of the scenic surroundings of the farm. They also have some very friendly sheep…

That’s it for this time, but if you would like to see more of our Scandinavian trip, give me a follow!

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Bodnant Garden

Watch the video log for our day and see the beautiful gardens in action!

So yesterday we visited a place called Bodnant Garden. It is a stunning piece of 80 acre land situated in Northern Wales UK. It contains so many species of plants from all over the globe, some collected more than a century ago on expeditions.

There are so many different gardens being nurtured here. From terraces, to buzzing meadows, woodland to rivers and bubbling brooks.

This beautiful estate was developed by 5 generations of 1 family and then it was gifted to the national trust. It is a very popular site with over 270,000 people visiting in 2019 alone!

History

The gardens founder was an inventor called Henry Pochin, he was a chemist who made his fortune by inventing a process for clarifying rosin used in soap. Pochin bought the Bodnant estate in 1874 and employed Edward Milner, apprentice to Joseph Paxton, to redesign the land around the existing Georgian mansion house, then just lawns and pastures. It was around this time that the famous Laburnum arch was planted.

The Laburnum Arch

The Poem

The Poem is located in the area of the shrubbery borders. It is the family’s mausoleum. It was built by Henry Pochin as a memorial to his children, 4 of whom died in infancy.

The Plants

18th and early 19th century explorers brought plants from all over the globe and in that mix contained specimens of Rhododendron forrestii and Magnolia.

I highly recommend visiting as it has stunning grounds! It makes for a lovely day out, suitable for all the family. You can even bring your pooch.

Here are links to find out more: