I’m tired – I need to rest in Campania

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It’s been too long since my last visit and July seems an eternity away! Counting the days.

Finally She Sleeps

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FINALLY SHE SLEEPS

If I were to be buried, I’d like those words on my headstone. Most nights sleep eludes me. I long to sleep for eight hours, but can’t remember when that last happened. My brain is wired to never shut down.

I don’t expect I’ll have a headstone because I want my ashes to be scattered somewhere beautiful, maybe on a hillside below Ravello, overlooking the Mediterranean? After all the memory of me should be in the hearts of those who love me and not imprisoned in one place. If anyone were to write anything to memorialize my death, let not them write, Finally She Sleeps.

Cappuccino and the Rooftops of Rome!

DSC02995Thou shalt only drink cappuccino or any milky form of coffee in the morning, and never after a meal.

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The first time I tasted Cappuccino was in the early seventies. My mum and crazy aunt took me to Italy, Rimini to be precise. It was one of those package tours that were so popular in England back then. We stayed in the Hotel President, by Piazza Tripoli and just a couple of blocks from the beach. I’d dreamed of visiting Italy for as long as I can remember. Not sure why, but it was (and still is an obsession) of mine.

I’m at home in italy, it soothes my soul.

Now, even though I live in the US, I return as often as possible and have travelled from north to south. I have favorite cities and towns of course. Breakfast at Hotel Vittorio on the banks of Lake Garda is wonderful. An ice-cold glass of champagne overlooking the Amalfi Coast in the Beautiful Hotel Villa Maria is heavenly. Tasting wine at one of the many Tuscan Vineyards with good friends is amazing.

However, one of the most exciting, exhilarating places to drink Cappuccino, is on the rooftop of the beautiful Marriott Hotel ‘Grand Flora’ at the top of Via Veneto in Rome! One cup is not enough as you sit and anticipate the day ahead. I never tire of it and I never will.

 

Italy – Always on my Mind!

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The beautiful flower lined, shaded streets of Ravello!

 

For the love of Italy!

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Sunday Mornings find me sitting at the dining room table paying bills and catching up with friends on Social Media and by email. My view is pretty idyllic. Trees changing color, snow-capped mountains and clear blue skies. I love my home and I love Colorado, but…..as I sip my second cup of Cappuccino, my heart aches for Italy.

I was fifteen when I visited Rimini for the first time. It was my first trip abroad. I was accompanied by my mum and my crazy aunty Jennie! I inhaled the Italian culture and was immediately hooked. Crazy aunty Jennie and my mum aren’t with me anymore, and I miss them. My obsession with Italy is still here though, and always will be.

I returned the following two years with friends my own age, although I spent a lot of time on my own. They were smitten with the Italian men, who are of course, very handsome. I wasn’t oblivious to them, and enjoyed a holiday romance, but it was the country that won my heart. Even now when I think about Italy, I can barely breathe.

I returned again in 1983, driving there from Germany where I lived with my husband, a British soldier. I worried he wouldn’t share my obsession, but he did.

My daughter was seven when we took her to Italy for the first time. She might as well have been Italian she fitted in so well.

Five years ago we spent two weeks in Rome and my love affair deepened. This year returned with friends and family. We did it all. Four days in Milan, two days in Garda, a week in Siena, a week in Rome and a week in Ravello. It wasn’t long enough, I wanted to stay forever.

So as I sit here, sipping my Cappuccino (not to be drank after noon), I dream of Italy and scour Italian Real Estate because I know where I want to retire!

Hooked on Sunsets – Hotel Villa Maria – Ravello

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The Elegant dining room at the beautiful Hotel Villa Maria. Gorgeous for breakfast, but breathtaking at sunset. Can’t get over Ravello! Didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to return.

Hooked on Sunsets – Ravello – Amalfi Coast

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This is the beautiful view from our hotel in Ravello. The Hotel Villa Maria was the most beautiful, perfect place I’ve ever stayed and you will see more of it in later posts. It may have been the deciding factor on my house purchase in italy.

Hooked on Sunsets – Ravello – Amalfi Coast

Sunset on the Amalfi Coast

I love to travel and have been to many places, but nowhere captured my heart like Ravello on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. I think a little bit of me is still there. I’d better go back and get it! This is the view from the beautiful Villa Maria, which is the friendliest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Also the most beautiful!

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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