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The last day of Pompeii, 24th August 79 AD

At around 1pm on the 24th August 79 AD Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy blew her top. For hours she spewed a cloud of deadly volcanic gas, molten lava and fine ash up into the stratosphere. Little did the people … Continue reading

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Siena. Contrada life.

Paris has its arrondissements, New York its blocks, and Siena has its contradas. But a contrada, or district, is not just a geographic designation within the city’s historic walls, it is much, much more serious than that. It is life … Continue reading

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Siena. Arrival.

It’s easy to fall in love with Siena. Charles Dickens once described it as “a bit of Venice, without the water”. I was smitten just from a photo! And once you’re under her Gothic spell, you’re hooked. But as I … Continue reading

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