Shimmering Adriatic

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I was fifteen when I first went to Italy. I went with my mum and my crazy old Auntie Jennie. I’d dreamed of Italy from a very young age, and my mum had always promised she’d take me. Finally, she could afford it. I’ll never forget the thrill of stepping off the plane into the warm night air. I was in love with the country before I ever saw it and after my first visit it was firmly lodged in my heart. The two-week vacation wasn’t long enough and when we left, I cried.

As the jet climbed into the night sky I looked longingly back at the bejeweled coast line of the Adriatic and wished I didn’t have to go home.

My first visit was to Rimini, back in the early seventies. The photo above is a little further south. It’s the coastline of Vasto, taken on my last visit in August of this year. Now I can visit this beautiful place whenever I want to, and call it home. The Chieti Province of Abruzzo. My new home. It took me 45 years to realize my dream, it was worth the wait.

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Excellent Villa Eustachio

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View from Villa Eustachio

Italy is my passion and nothing gives me greater pleasure than planning summer vacations in the country I love. Lake Garda, Venice, Milan, Sienna, Lido de Jesolo, Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Rome, Ravello…the list goes on, but I know where it ends.

The little town of Scala, perched on the beautiful green hills that tumble into the Mediterranean, has captured my heart. The little bars and restaurants were fantastic, great food and great company. The locals are friendly and made me feel at home.

Planning the perfect vacation is my hobby and I always do lots of research before finally finding somewhere. When I first saw the Villa Eustachio I was blown away and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It was beautiful. We were a party of 11 adults and the villa accommodated us with room to spare.

Pasquale and Marco were the best hosts anyone could wish for. Charming, attentive and helpful. They obviously love their properties and want to make sure their guest love them too. They also arranged our transfers to and from Naples, met us when we arrived and couldn’t have been more helpful.

Villa Eustachio is a beautiful villa, in a beautiful setting, and I highly recommend it. Check out the link below.

Villa Eustachio

 

Italy – Always on my Mind!

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The beautiful flower lined, shaded streets of Ravello!

 

And for my Next Trip to Italy

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Rented a villa which sits just behind this old ruin and overlooks Amalfi. Beautiful, gorgeous. I don’t want to come back and I haven’t even gotten there yet!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Always happy to get the tree up and the house decorated. Then I know I can relax and enjoy Christmas.

Hooked on Sunsets – Siena Tuscany

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I think our villa in Tuscany (a converted barn), was built for sunsets. Perfect in every way. The people of Tuscany are truly blessed to see the every evening.

Hooked on Sunsets – Singer Island Florida

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This photograph was taken on Singer Island in Florida in 2006. I’d forgotten how peaceful and pretty it was.

For those of you who like British Fiction and Ghost Stories, check out my other blog Stop Talking to Me, you may find it amusing. Happy Travels!

Rooftops of Rome

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The sun sets on my last evening in Rome. So sad to leave. Can’t believe three weeks have already passed. Arrivederci Roma. Milano, Lake Garda, Siena, Montepulciano, Angulllara Sabazia, Positano, Minori, Amalfi and last of all Ravello. I actually cried as I walked across the market square for the final time in Ravello. The people and the views will be with me forever.

Now the research begins to buy a second home here.

Amalfi by foot

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I don’t think I’d ever tire of this view if I lived here. We walked from Ravello to Amafi today. The steps were pretty uneven in places so you hat to watch your footing. It was very hot, around 36 degrees, but worth it. The gelato at the bottom was delicious.

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Color me Ravello

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Some things are way to beautiful to be perfectly captured by camera no matter how hard you try, but I can still keep trying!

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