Earth Pets Available Here

First in a series of paintings featuring animals in space.

Necropolis of Pantalica

The Necropolis of Pantalica is on a plateau surrounded by canyons, and houses over 5,000 tombs dating from the 13th to the 7th century BC. I went there at the end of a hectic week, totally exhausted, but was woken up temporarily by the insanely beautiful views and a picnic by the turquoise river with … Continue reading


Taormina was a hangout for the rich and famous from the mid-20th century – see photos in the slideshow featuring Audrey Hepburn, Lana Turner etc. Between 1948 and 1999 the English writer Daphne Phelps lived there and entertained friends including Bertrand Russell, Roald Dahl and Tennessee Williams. Nowadays the elite share the picturesque streets with … Continue reading


Museo Archeologico

Living in a city full of major archaeological sites is not doing anything to quash my delusions that I am, in fact, Indiana Jones. Ah, so he’s a fictional character, and a male one at that – these facts do not stop archaeology students writing ‘love you’ on their eyelids and blinking at me as … Continue reading