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Europe » Italy » Abruzzo » Vasto June 10th 2017

This morning we say goodbye to our hostess, Paola. The apartment has been comfortable but hard to compare with some of our previous apartments. This one was in a good location and was quiet. In New Zealand Saturday is usually a day of working at home, taking children to sport or catching up with friends and relatives. Here in Italy it tends to be another weekday. The offices on the ground floor of this building are open for business. That means Sunday is the only family day. Perhaps they make the most of their two hours of afternoon siesta time. We set course for Vasto, a small city in Abruzzo. We have three driving days to reach Ravenna. Why Vasto? No particular reason other than it is about 400 kms north of Lecce. Italy is a ... read more

Europe » Italy » Abruzzo » Vasto September 19th 2016

Geo: 42.1127, 14.7096The past few days have been quiet for me (some rest and reflection) so today I need to get back into the swing of things. Plans have been made for the next few days and it's my last day in Vasto. What better way to start than with some shopping. First shop, two tops. Exhausted - time for a €1 caffe latte. Just as well food is so cheap, shopping is not. It's mamma's birthday today so I've also decided to spend the day celebrating (drinking and eating). Mum's not here, but that's not the point. She loves cheese so I'm gonna eat it. Mum is on a day "Game of Thrones" tour out of Belfast with Irene. Poor thing wouldn't even know what Game of Thrones is but Irene will fill her in. ... read more
Creepy 2
This is a Torre
Pasta pesce

Europe » Italy » Abruzzo » Vasto September 18th 2016

Geo: 42.1127, 14.7096Not much to report today. It was quite cool (23•C) and the streets are bare on a Sunday. I took a drive to the Marina for a slice of pizza and a vino bianco. Received a surprise call from JoJo which brightened my day. I took the opportunity of wet weather this afternoon to make some travel plans for later this week to Puglia. Rose, bread, salami, pecorino and tartufo balsamic picnic in my room for dinner and an early night. Shops to visit tomorrow with a shopping order from G.... read more

Europe » Italy » Abruzzo » Vasto September 17th 2016

Geo: 42.1127, 14.7096Woke to a beautiful day in Vasto. Went downstairs to find breakfast being served on the patio. It was divine. View over the Adriatic. It's dad's birthday so made my first call home. He said it's freezing in Manjimup. Today I went into Vasto town to wander around the shops and the small alleyways and visit castles, churches, etc. I had heard about trabuccos, old fishing platforms with nets along the Abruzzo coast. I was recommended Trabocco Cungarelle. They offer a set menu consisting 6 courses and wine. The strangest thing I ate was sea snails. Tasted ok but still had the little eyes on the end of the tentacle things. The view was amazing and such a great day. Lunch took 3 hours and then it was time to go home for a ... read more
Breakfast view
Vasto centre
Vasto centre

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