peeks at the world through my lens

The Holy Grail of The Motherland Tour




Tusa Street 2

Tusa Street 3


Tusa, My Great Grandmothers Birthplace  (Motherland Tour Stop 7)


(Click here to redirect to Stop #1)

We finally arrive in Tusa, the town where my great grandmother was born and lived for 14 years. This is not the seaside resort of Tusa (Marina di Tusa or Castel di Tusa) but the remote sister village of Tusa Montagna (settled 403 BC!!) situated 600 m higher at the end of a wickedly serpentine 9 km road (more like a goat path, the girls were having panic attacks during the drive). Mind the goats in the road!  Traveling this path was the equivalent of passing through a time machine. The streets were like a movie set, seemingly unchanged for millennia. With these spectacular views of the coastline and the Mediterranean beyond, it is a wonder that anybody would ever want to leave. But after her father died, the money dried up and her family was forced to leave and move to the United States, finally settling in Massachusetts. Up next, the chapel she attended as a child and named her son, my grandfather, after.










3 responses

  1. Kathy Klisch

    This is the most beautiful and touching story of Tusa and where your great Grandmother lived. She touched so many lives and we are so greatful to her and your Grandfather Pamps. Love M.

    July 8, 2014 at 1:31 am

  2. I’m glad that you got those cobble stones in. A a rare thing to see now in the western hemisphere.

    August 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    • I have been very lucky in that living in western Europe and traveling to many old world sites, I have seen many classic cobbles. Great photo ops!

      August 4, 2014 at 8:05 am

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