Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Feet Done Good!


Despite my worries, the poor feet did well, surviving a whole week of trekking, with only occasional pain killers. Phew!


The weather was a bit iffy. We had 2 days of walking in constant, torrential rain, and overall had very little sunshine (unlike the folks back home: grrrr...) but it was ok really: overcast is so much better for keeping cool while trekking up and down steep hills.


The scenery was dramatic: one day we'd be in lush, sweeping valleys, winding between the peaks, the next picking our way along a sheer-sided gorge, the limestone below sculpted into womblike shapes by a thundering river.


That wonderfully mournful clang of goat bells often drifted to us between the trees, but we rarely saw any other people until we arrived at our destination.


The villages were timeless: generally tiny hamlets nestled in high mountain valleys, twisted through with narrow, cobbled streets, with huddles of old men standing around, watching the world go by.


We walked for 5 - 6 hours each day, staying at a new village every other night, doing round walks on alternate days, to make things less hectic.



We were mostly pretty early to bed, after the tramping round all day, but our favourite early evening pastime was finding the local watering hole, and having a beer while watching the men playing cards. It seemed to be the locals' favourite pastime too:

15 comments:

Erica Vojnich said...

Wonderful work! Looks like it was a great trip!

Jill said...

Great record of your break - I love the 'watcher's profile. Glad the feet held up - I'm off to the foot consultant tomorrow!

Gemma Luker said...

i love how you tell your story with your drawings instead of just photos, makes it seem more real!

wawos said...

Another great work. Very nice.

Greetings from Italy.

Swan Artworks said...

Looks like you had a fantastic trip! I love the intensity of the old man's gaze in the last sketch, you really feel it!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks folks - I had a great time and appreciated it all the better for nearly not making it.

Good luck with the foot man Jill.

Look after Italy for me Wawos!

Rob Carey said...

YOu really captured your trip well- so many great sketches.

Jon Davis said...

Lovely pictures, looks like you had a great time :)

Neyestan said...

thanks i truly enjoyed specially when i was coinciding the pictures with the text! c'est magnifique!

Sandra said...

What a lovely blog you have here! I love how you capture the folks characters so well. And the quaint little street scenes are lovely!

Cathy Holtom said...

Your sketches and descriptions have really captured life in typical Italian villages. The shouting and table banging is all part of the fun and the expression on the last old fella's face is wonderful. I do apologise for the rain, it's sunny again now!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you Cathy.

Do you know what the card game is called? They seemed to play with the same cards wherever we went in Campania. Also, we were wondering - do they have some kind of local league the games are part of, or is it just one-off games they play together?

Serena said...

So glad to hear your feet stood up to the trip. Wonderful sketches!

Antonio (Difesa del Principe) said...

Your style is fantastic and the resemblance keeps up with a photo!! Thank you so much for your drawing, I liked it too much! How are you? I hope to see you soon here in Italy, you can call me at anytime for everyhing: I'll be there for you!
Best whishes, Antonio

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks Antonio. Ha ha - there's quite an offer!!

Great to hear back from you and I'm really glad you like your picture. We will certainly be back in Italy again as soon as we can!