This has been a memorable trip. Italy has seeped into our psyche, and we loved sharing the lifestyle of this fabulous country with the people around us. We loved standing at bars in the early morning, drinking coffee and eating pastries as large cities and small country towns slowly stirred around us. We loved sharing exceptionally good food and wine with travel friends. We loved rambling through the backstreets of Italy, finding people who welcomed us wholeheartedly, regardless of our inability to converse in their beautiful language. We loved the picturesque countryside, the dramatic coastline, the monumental structures to Christendom and the incomparable passion with which food is served. Italy is a truly magnificent and magical place, and I know there will be a time, after travelling to other destinations around the world, when we will be drawn back to this place that has so captivated our heart and soul.
Grazie Italia, grazie! SHE SAID...
Italy...they are certainly doing something right over there. The people are beautiful, the cities are grand, the countryside is romantic, the food is fabulous and the wine is to die for.
We visited 8 of the 20 regions in
Italy and had an absolute blast doing it. As usual our itinerary was shaped by food and wine to a large extent, but we also tried to determine a balance between city and country, and nature and man-made. We were truly spoilt for choice on all fronts in this beautiful country. The overall impression left from this trip is that we fully indulged in beautiful Italian art, architecture, food, wine, landscapes and seascapes...and most importantly we were able to just ‘be’ and absorb the feel of the wonderful places we visited. However we both agree that it is the little vignettes of everyday Italian life we witnessed and were part of that we will recall with pleasure every now and again as we go about our lives.
I hope I was able to convey to you in mere words the richness and splendour of sights, tastes, smells and sounds we experienced! Visually my most vivid memories are...City: Venice by night from the Grand Canal; Country: the poppies in bright red bloom everywhere in rural Italy; Man-made: walking towards Michaelangelo’s David; Nature: walking the Cinque Terre and Path of the Gods treks.
A big thank you goes to my wonderful travel companion on this trip - obviously Andrew! But I also want to thank Alvaro, Claire, David, Taryn, Mick, Jennie, Pete and Susie for sharing some wonderful experiences with us, for their comic value, and for generally being fantastic travellers (and people). And last but not least, thank you to all of you who followed our travels through this blog...your comments and emails were much appreciated.
Arrivederci people, and long may you travel! 😊 Flying ships on this trip... Korean Air (Melbourne-Seoul-Milan-Rome)
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