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: ร˜VRE-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:

Nature and Us

On this blog, I like to combine lots of subjects. But for the month of July, I will only be talking about one. That will be the Earth.

Our Earth is damaged. For hundreds of years, more so recently, humans have battered nature to the point that many animals and species of plants have become extinct. We are ruining the Earth.

To try and bring more awareness, for the entire month of July, I will be talking about why I love our planet, and ways that different people are helping.

What I would like from you?

I want you to join in. You can tweet on Twitter or post on Instagram, using the hashtag #natureandus. I want you to talk about why you love this planet and/or how you are helping lessen the damage mankind is doing.

It can be anything. A poem, video, a story about a day out you had in nature as a kid or an adult. It can be about your favorite animals or your favourite plants. It is in your control!

It can be anonymous or credited! You will get an entire post dedicated to you! And if you want me to, your social media links can be added.

To help me find your suggestion, send it directly to me. To find my social media’s, go to my about page.

You can, of course, comment on this post or even go to the Nature and Us page. Email me at talithatullochsstravels@gmail.com, or go to the contact me page.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Berry Smoothie Madness

I hate breakfast. For years I have said to my friends over and over: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I cannot believe you missed it!”. What a hypocrite I was!

I would always skip breakfast because I wanted that extra 15 minutes in bed, and no matter how justified I felt those 15 minutes were, my body was taking a hit. I would end up like a zombie, walking around yawning while my body was craving those nutrients to kick-start my day.

That was…until I found smoothies.

I’m no health expert. I’m really not. However, after drinking these smoothies over the course of April & May, I have really felt a difference in myself. I feel healthier because I know I am getting those vitamins in a morning. Just taking those 5-10 minutes before I go to bed to help my future self has really benefitted my mental health too.

I have also replaced caffeine. So instead of reaching for my morning coffee, which can cause gut issues, drinking smoothies makes me feel better! You do have to be careful how many sugary smoothies you have though. So do not be adding honey into the mix, but rather banana’s are the way to go!

I would like to quote the NHS on what they say, it is quite enlightening:

A 150ml glass of unsweetened fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie can count as a maximum of 1 portion of your recommended 5 daily portions of fruit and vegetables. In other words, limit the amount of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie you have to no more than a combined total of 150ml a day (1 small glass).

NHS, Water, Drinks and your Health

So basically, just be balanced! I like to swap around what type of smoothies I drink, (such as the green smoothies I wrote about a little while ago) so they’re not constantly Berry smoothies which are my favourite. Here is what I like to put in my…

Very Berry Smoothie!

For this, you will need:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 handful of Blueberries
  • 4 small strawberries or 2 big strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 1 healthy glug of Oat milk or other plant based milk.
  • 1 teaspoon of your chosen protein powder.
  • (Optional: I use a splash of beetroot juice if I have it in as it is a good source of potassium and it helps to lower blood pressure.)

Method:

Chop all of the fruit such as strawberries and the bananas. Put all of the ingredients in the blender and completely blend until smooth. If needs be, you can pour some more liquid into the mixture.

(Featured image by: https://images.app.goo.gl/hHmFEhampRpy8LSs7)

Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are very moreish and you can never just stop at one. Sadly they are not vegan but they are vegetarian friendly. This recipe can make quite a few cookies depending on how big your cookie cutter is. I used the rim of a glass for mine as I couldn’t find my cutters and it did the job!

They do not take very long to make and are simple enough that they are quick and can fill your chocolate craving! I hope you enjoy making them. Let me know how your baking goes!

Ingredients:

  • 220g Plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 145g caster sugar
  • 120g salted butter
  • 1tsp vanilla, I used Madagascan vanilla for mine.
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 40g cocoa powder

Method:

Add the baking powder to the flour and the salt. Whisk it together and put this aside for a moment. Cream the butter and sugar together with either a machine whisk or a hand held whisk for 30 seconds. Pour in your vanilla and the egg, whisk.

Gently put your cocoa powder in without trying to get it everywhere and mix it all together.

Add half of the dry mix you made earlier and fold it into the wet mix. Once it has fully mixed, add in the other half.

Fold your mix into a ball, cover in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for no more than 15 mins. After that, lightly flour your surface, flatten and cut with whatever cookie cutter you desire! Be creative, don’t be boring like me and go for round *winky face*

Place on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes at 175C.

Greenie goodness

What are the benefits of a green smoothie once you get past the colour?

Dr Joanna McMillan is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, accredited practicing dietitian and former fitness instructor. She said that some of the commercial ones “are glorified fruit juices, served in enormous portions with only a little spinach to make them green.” However, if you make them at home instead and “make them with at least 70 per cent veggies, a little fruit and whatever other ingredients you want to add…then you have a fabulous nutrient rich drink”. (Source: Isย your go-to green smoothie doing you any good? A nutritionist explains.)

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Full of fiber, which lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and regulates your body’s cleansing processes. It is also it’s a tasty way to get a strong dose of fruits and veggies, which provide vital nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and potassium.

So:

  • 1 stalk of celery for your base vegetable
  • A big handful of spinach for your iron.
  • Add jucy pear in there.
  • A squeeze of lemon juice for sweetness and alkaline.
  • Then ginger for your superfoods!
  • 2 glugs of plant based milk, I chose Oat.
  • 1 banana.

Blend it all together in a blender and there ya have it! Goodness on the go!

Cover picture: https://images.app.goo.gl/g12DDCsr9cqZqUp88

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Italy 2018, Part 3

This is the 3rd part of the 3 part series. It has been really nice to look back on previous adventures and it has really made me appreciate the relative freedom we enjoyed before Coronavirus times. I cannot wait to return!

Links to part 1 and part 2 here:

Part 1: https://talithastravels.com/2021/03/26/italy-2018/

Part 2: https://talithastravels.com/2021/04/15/italy-2018-part-2/

Day 8

Monday 18th

Travels to Capri and the chair lift!

Early in the morning, we boarded the big ferry to Capri with Laura the tour guide.

Capri is seriously beautiful. When we visited, it was a bright sunny day and we could see for miles. There were next to no clouds to be found and the colour blue stretched for miles both below and above us. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the peninsula of Sorrento. There are many attractions on the Island, including the ruins of the Imperial Roman Villa and the Marina Piccola – the little harbour.

It took 20 mins for the ferry to glide into the harbour. Laura took us to the chair lift, (In the video above) . Here is their official website which took me ages to find lol: http://www.capriseggiovia.it/.

It was a great opportunity to see the island from a birds eye view when we got to the top! As we were on our way up though, we could see the farms below us that belonged to the people of the land. They were out there farming and digging while we were floating above them. I honestly do not know how they manage it, I would feel so self conscious knowing that tourists, who are naturally noisy when in another country so would be looking, were peering down at me (literally not figuratively.)

When we got to the bottom again, (another 13 minute chair lift), Laura took us to a little restaurant that served pastries cake and coffee. The restaurant is called: Ristorante Buca Di Bacco

Then we were taken to a beautiful garden called: Giardini di Augusto. Truly beautiful if you get to visit!

These fantastic gardens were established by a German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the twentieth century to build his mansion. At first the gardens were called “Krupp Gardens” but in 1918 the gardens were renamed to “Gardens of Augustus“. From these terraces that overlook the sea, you can get a 180-degree panoramic of the island of Capri because one can see Mount Solaro, the bay of Marina Piccola, and the Faraglion.

Okaaay so I know I said it would be a 3 part series buuut there is much more to talk about and I do not want to overwhelm one post. So look out for the bonus part 4!