Friday, December 11, 2015

Italy Trip, Part Three

These photo pages document the last few days of our time in Italy. These few days were among some of our favorite, mostly because we spent this time in places we had never visited. Chianalea, on the south west coast of Italy, was the perfect little village to spend the night before we boarded the ferry to Sicily. It is only 30 minute drive to the ferry in Villa San Giovanni. This village had so much charm with nothing to do but roam the alleys and sit along the sea. It's a pedestrian and moped only village. The Carabinieri called the B&B for us to get directions and stopped traffic so we could make a u-turn in the street. That's small town hospitality at its best.

The ferry ride to Messina and then the drive to our rental house was easy, but finding the house was another story. Italians don't give very explicit directions! We were pleasantly surprised and I was super relieved to find the house I had chosen from Air BnB was fantastic. It was clean and roomy, had a huge courtyard and laundry facilities and was only 30 meters from the sea.

Debbie and I enjoyed making dinner two of the three nights we were here. It was fun to go to the market like locals and buy fresh food and make a meal with limited ingredients and resources.

The beach was fantastic. The water was warm and salty. We floated in it for hours.

We went in to Taormina one day to walk around and shop for gifts. Mount Etna is always shrouded in the clouds, but it was a thrill to see it. Just this week we heard that it really put on a show by erupting in the night. We would have liked to see that!

Another meal prepared at the house. Except for the bones, it was pretty perfect.

Three days went really fast and it was time to head back to Rome and fly home. We stopped for one night in Salerno. It was a perfect location for a stop and only a few hours drive from Rome. 

It was really fun to travel with such good friends. After arriving home, we suffered from jetlag for longer than usual. I am excited to finally get all these memories in a scrapbook. All pages were created with the Project Life app.


Debbie said...

Loved scanning thru your photos this morning - brought back lovely memories of our own trips....