Category Archives: Holidays

Rome T3 Plaza Lounge

Have to say that the gluten free options have improved remarkably throughout Italy in the last few years.

With one notable exception: the business lounge of qantas/emirates in the airport terminal.  It took them 10 minutes to pull something gluten free out of the freezer (nothing much in the lounge apparently is gluten free).

When they did find their only gluten free offering, we got this:

(Warning – graphic content below)

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This town was the other side of Pompeii, and it was similarly covered in the eruption in 79AD.  Similar to Pompeii, everyone in the town died pretty quickly from either boiling mud or the tsunami that followed.

It was first uncovered about 300 years ago, and the restoration work continues today.  Much of the old city is now dozens of meters below the surface, preserved from Roman times.

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Matera 2019

 From being the national shame to the showcase of Italian cuture, Matera has been transformed, mostly by tourism , into what will be the cultural center of Italy in 2019.

Works are evident everywhere. The area looks nothing like what it did years ago when the 20000 traditional settlers were relocated.  It now houses 2000 people in the old part (“casa grotto” or house cave) of town.

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