Shani Kercher

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Shani Kercher

Shani and Mitchell Kercher from Australia and love to travel.



Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino August 23rd 2013

We drove along the coast road rather than the freeway and stopped numerous times to check out the beach. Other than the colour of the umbrellas it didn't change much. The seaside towns we vdry quaint though. We ate our gourmet picnic (last nights leftovers) down by the water and it tasted pretty good the day after. We decided that we were not going to find anywhere to stay on the coast so we turned inland towards Urbino and decided that the first place we found after we turned off the freeway would do. As we drove into to Urbino we saw a sign for Casa Dolce Casa (home sweet home) and headed there. It was another rare gem. Right on the side of a hill, looking over the valley toward the walled town of Urbino, ... read more
Our gourmet picnic by the Adriatic Sea
Lunch

Europe » Italy » Abruzzo » Chieti August 23rd 2013

Walked down to breakfast for the last time and settled our account. Then we trudged up the stairs with all our luggage, hard work! Reclaimed our car and headed towards Vietri sul Mare. It was 40 km's and it took us nearly 2 hours!! It was a spectacular drive though. We bought some ceramics at Vietri (home of the ceramics) and had lunch and then turned inland. As soon as we left the coast it started to rain! Lovely drive through the mountains but Mitchell was pretty tired. We drove all the way from the West coast to East coast in one afternoon. The Adriatic actually had real sand and waves! We had to turn inland to find accommodation and found a B & B in Chieti on the outskirts of Pescara. It was a lovely ... read more
The umbrellas were here as well!
Us on the Adriatic Coast

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 23rd 2013

For our last day in paradise we decided to do like the Italians do and hired an umbrella and bed. We went to Ferdinando's and he set up a tab called Australia and told us we could pay in a couple of days! Everybody else had to pay up front! We spent the day reading, swimming and relaxing. We had lunch at his restaurant. It was a fabulous day. He even gave Mum and Dad a limoncello when they paid the bill! Fabulous. For dinner we went back to Pupettos which was nice but not as nice as the first time. We had a different waiter who was nowhere near as nice as the first one. I had lemon risotto which was delicious. Back on our balcony after the final climb of the killer stairs we ... read more
Our umbrellas and beds at Ferdinando's
Mum, Dad and Mitchell under our umbrellas
On the balcony before dinner

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 23rd 2013

Well another busy, stressful day not. Breakfasted on the balcony and as we are enjoying ourselves so much asked Mari if we can stay an extra night. No problem she said stay till Christmas! We climbed the stairs and relaxed on our balcony reading as we decided to give the sun a miss today. Went down to the beach for a late lunch at Ferdinando's and then swam as the beach was in the shade. For dinner tonight we decided to go up and had a lovely meal pretty much on the road! The waiters had to be careful when delivering the food that they weren't wiped out by a bus! Back to the apartment for a limoncello, another day in paradise done! Ps, we were so busy doing nothing that there are no photos to ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 23rd 2013

A bit of lie in, breakfast on the balcony and then we headed into the downtown area of Positano via the beach path. We decided to explore it later in the day when it was cooler and hopped on a ferry to Amalfi. Great views of the coastline from the ferry, lots of umbrellas covering the beaches. In Amalfi we wandered around, visited a limoncello factory and the Basillica. Only the girls went in the Basillica because you had to pay, but it was worth the 3 euro. It houses the remains of St Andrew and was very interesting. We enjoyed lunch overlooking the beach, before claiming a tiny section of the very busy public beach and having a swim. We went back to the limoncello factory right before we got the return ferry and bought ... read more
The Amalfi Coast
Basillica Amalfi
The bell tower

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 23rd 2013

Well when they talk about paradise, this must be where they are talking about. It really can't get much better than this, if they only found a way to get rid of the steps! We breakfasted at La Dolce Vita, where Mari made us cappuccinos and regaled us with stories about her early days in Positano. We then went down to the public beach (well the Italian version of a beach) and that is where we remained for the rest of the day. We lunched at Ferdinando's, bruschetta again and then went back to the beach. A few more swims and then back up those stairs. Relaxed on the balcony before heading back down the stairs to Puppeto's for dinner. It was lovely, we sat under the lemon trees with a view of the sea. Food ... read more
The view from our balcony
Sunset over Positano

Europe » Italy » Campania » Positano August 19th 2013

Today is a public holiday in Italy, known as Ferro Agosto. It was very quiet on the streets of Rome as we left. Headed south on the A1, with the countryside drying out a little but still lots to see. Had lunch at a large rest stop as we didn't think we would find much open if we turned off the highway. As we got close to Naples we could see Mt Vesuvius in the distance. We actually went quite close to it as we skirted Naples and headed for the Amalfi Coast. The traffic was not too bad and the views were as spectacular as we remembered. Followed the online directions for the parking for our accommodation and wound up at a parking place that was tucked into a niche in the hillside. There must ... read more
Our room
View from the room to the balcony
View off the other side of the balcony

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome August 19th 2013

Quite a late start today! Caught the tram into Piazza Venezia and went to the top of the Vittorio Emmanuel monument for great views. We walked down via del Corso doing some window shopping. Visited the Trevi Fountain, St Ignacious (the church with the fake cupola), the Pantheon, Piazza Navona. We had a nice lunch (the 10 euro special of bruschetta, gnocchi and a drink) and then caught the bus down to the river. Walked past the Castello di Angelo an up to the Vatican. Went inside and looked around, even saw a service start. Wandered down to the metro with more shopping and caught the it to the Spanish steps. Walked up them and into the Villa Borghese gardens. Then headed down to the Piazza del Poppolo and then walked all the way back down ... read more
Vittorio Emmanuel monument
Making sure we return to Rome, at the Trevi Fountain
Looking up at the fake cupola in St Ignacious church

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome August 19th 2013

Headed off reasonably early as we wanted to be in Manziana for lunch. Arrived abut 12.30 at Raechel's host family's house. As we had to wait for Maria to finish work Raechel took us into Bracciano to show us around. She showed us her school, the lake and the castle, the best preserved medieval castle in Italy and where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married. Back at the Gonelli's Maria cooked an amazing lunch in honour of Dad's birthday. We had proscuitto, melon and mozzarella, the pasta with beans, then chicken with peppers, melon gelati, fruit, cake, champagne and limoncello and crema. Yummmmm! We didn't finish lunch until after 4! After saying goodbye to Elena we followed Italo into Rome. We drove down the perspective street (where the dome of St Peters get larger and ... read more
Bracciano castle
Celebrating Dad's birthday with the Gonelli's
Late afternoon view of Rome

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Siena August 19th 2013

We were one of the last Sharks to leave, everyone has gone off to continue their adventures. We headed off towards Rome with the intent to get as close as we could before stopping. We followed the freeway most of the way, but it was pretty countryside, some of which we had seen on the way up. Decided to stop for lunch at Carrera, home of the marble mountains. Couldn't find anything open except a supermarket so bought some rolls and salad and then drove up into the marble mountains looking for somewhere to stop. The mountains were amazing. You can understand why marble is so expensive when you see where and how they get it! Drove on and stayed in a little B and B just out of Siena. It was very quiet, everything closed ... read more
Our car
The marble cemetery
Carrera marble




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