Ik ben nu een maand weer thuis en ik mis dit zo! Het naaikantoor op de camping in de bossen. Waar de hele dag eekhoorntjes en konijnen langs huppelen (en een keer een hert!) en waar je alleen maar vogeltjes hoorde. Sinds ik thuis ben hoor ik de hele dag de graafmachine in mijn straat...
This is Matera.
Once called the 'shame of Italy' it is now one of the best up-and-coming destinations to visit. This one of a kind UNESCO world heritage site is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world and will be the European Capital of Culture for 2019. .
It's tale wasn't always such a happy one though. It was once rife with poverty, destitution and disease, much of it's population still living in caves; families of 10 crammed in alongside their livestock. This only came to light when writer Carlo Levi was exhiled by Mussolini in 1935 to a nearby town. In 1945 he released his book 'Christ Stopped At Eboli' and in it he described the horror he saw in Matera. 'Palfry furniture, bodies ravaged by disease, children either naked or in rags'. 'I have never seen in all my life such a picture of poverty'. Children would beg passers-by for quinine to stave off the deadly malaria. .
The government were finally pushed into action and in the late 1950's around 15000 inhabitants were forcibly relocated to new housing. In the mid 80's so residents started moving back in and doing the caves up. Now a massive amount of these caves are available to stay in for those visiting this fascinating city. We stayed in a delightful airbnb whilst in the city, I'll try and find a video I took of our little cave house. It didn't even have a tv and it was such a wonderful escape! .
Sorry I've not posted in so long, I was taking the time away to properly unwind and soak it all in. I've been posting stories as I go along so hopefully that has partially made up for it 🤗
Happy hump day everyone! Tell me, what's new with you? 😀
P.S. this is also where Mel Gibson filmed Passion of The Christ, such a perfect location for it! Hardly touched by the modern day.
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