There is Nothing in Alessandria!

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 21 February 2013.

…that was what my lovely friends who were living in Alessandria for our semester of study said. While I was in Romania, they were living in Alessandria, Italy. They kept telling me that there really is nothing in Alessandria.

If you go to Milano Centrale (train station) and find platform 23 (or was it 22?), you will find a train to Alessandria every hour. Located only an hour away from Milan, Alessandria is a pretty little town in the Piedmont region of Italy (please don’t get it mixed up with Alexandria in Egypt).

As I arrived to the city, I didn’t see there was anything wrong with it. The city is lovely filled with cobbled-stones streets. I love this kind of city. My friend took me around the city and it did indeed only took several hours by foot to explore the city as it was quite small.Read More »

The Buried Ones: Herculaneum and Oplontis

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 22 June 2016.

Discovering a hidden gem is something that I always look forward to when I travel. I love hidden gems as they are usually away from the main crowd and gives you the opportunity to enjoy a place more peacefully. Of course the definition of a hidden gem can be different to everybody. My definition is a place that is away from the busy crowd, a place that might not be as popular as other attractions but just as beautiful.

I talked about my love for Pompeii before and why the place is so personal to me, however little did I know that when I arrived to Pompeii to purchase a ticket, I was able to choose a ticket just to enter Pompeii, or a ticket for several other sites (at a slightly higher price). When I knew about this I immediately bought the ticket for multiple sites as I have never heard of the other sites before and it was a bargain since the ticket could last for several days.

I didn’t have time to see all the five sites listed on my ticket so I settled for Pompeii, which was a must see for me, Herculaneum and Oplontis. Much like Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis were too buried due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. However, these sites are not as big as Pompeii and also less crowded.Read More »

A Personal Note on Pompeii

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

I have been thinking to write this post in such a long time. Pompeii is a very important place for me, it is the place that first triggered my curiosity to travel and so I didn’t want to write a lame post about it hence the long thought on writing about it. So I hope this post gives enough credit to the place.

How all it all began

The first time I heard about Pompeii was when I was in my history class in my local primary school in Leeds, England. I was in year 6, and my curiosity for history was probably provoked by the enthusiasm of my teacher. She was always excited in telling us events in the past, and this one was no exception.

“Do a project on Pompeii!” she once said.

She briefly told us that Pompeii is ancient Roman city which was buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. I immediately had my weekend planned, to spend all day in the city library. Back then, internet wasn’t so happening and library was always packed with people. I borrowed maybe a dozen book, thick ancient Roman history books. Some looked thick, some looked glossy with pictures. I was in heaven.Read More »