Evening Calm

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One of the great things about today was I actually needed to set my alarm to wake me up at 7:00 am! That may sound nothing to most of you, but I normally rise and shine at 5:15, so actually sleeping to 7:00 am is quite an achievement.
We spent a beautiful day on a pontoon boat on a Grand Lake in the Rocky Mountains. It was a perfect, sunny beautiful day. Everyone laughed and talked, drank a little wine, shared stories. If only life were always so relaxed and simple.
Now, I’m sitting on the patio of a great rental home in Fraser watching the world fall asleep.
Life is good

Vacation Anticipation!

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Anticipating an upcoming vacation is intoxicating. It’s the best tonic and makes you relaxed, happy and motivated! We should all take more vacations!

Marina Piccola – Capri

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2017 took me to Capri for the first time. We stayed at a fabulous B&B Bettola del Re in the lovely little town of Ana Capri. I much prefer Ana Capri to the busy hustle bustle of its big sister.

After Capri we visited the Amalfi coast. It sealed the deal for us regarding retiring to Italy. No we couldn’t afford to buy a home on Capri, or the Amalfi coast, but it pushed me to explore other places, and that’s when we found Abruzzo.

I’m thinking of Capri today because this morning I made a sponge cake, and filled it with cream and jam. Why did this make me think of Capri? During our visit we ate at at a lovely restaurant Le Sirene overlooking the Marina Piccola, which in my opinion, is much more picturesque than Marina Grande. After stuffing ourselves with fish and pasta we thought we could eat no more, but we were wrong. Our waiter twisted our arm and we shared a piece of sponge cake (pronounced spongie cake).
My mamma, she a make it this morning
Maybe she did, it was the best spongie cake I’d ever tasted. I hope to eat there again sometime.

When Will I See You Again?

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Missing Abruzzo and our lovely village home in Colledimezzo SO BAD! Owned it less than a year. Only visited twice. Once to view and make an offer and then the second time (earlier this year) to clean it, buy furniture, work hard and make it home. During the summer its being painted, having radiators fitted and a toilet replaced. Kitchen has been fitted and marble stairs installed.
Where did I get the money from to do all of this? I have no clue. This was meant to happen. Someone guided us to Abruzzo and now its hard to leave.

We’ve always felt at home in Italy and now we have an Italian home.

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The Last Adventure

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I love the Italian folk. I’d been trying to reserve a room in the Colledimezzo area so I could meet with my realtor and view some properties. Not many hotels, or B&B’s in rural Abruzzo. I’m sure everyone knows each other in those small towns and villages. Finally, after no luck with bookings, I called a hotel in Atessa.

“I’m looking for two rooms on August…..”

“Ahhh Thompason”

News travels fast. “We ave the rooms, no problem”

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And so I’m all set. Flights booked, hotels booked, property viewings booked. I’m hoping that by the end of August I’ll be well on the way to buying my retirement home in Abruzzo. Our last adventure.

Ana Capri – Bettola del Re

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When we were younger we couldn’t afford expensive hotels. It didn’t stop us from traveling, but sometimes we roughed it a little. Now we can afford better hotels, and enjoy them very much, but we also love the new classy B&B’s that are popping up. Bettola Del Re is one of the best.

It’s a very short walk from the beautiful little town of Ana Capri, which is full of shops and restaurants. Today we hiked down to the Grotto Azzura, then hiked into Capri, where we had a sumptuous seafood lunch. Ten beautiful miles we walked today.

The grounds of Bettola Del Re are perfect to while away the evening with a good book and a glass of local wine. The owners are friendly, welcoming and accommodating. Can’t fault the place in any way.

Now I’m exhausted and I think its time to sleep.

Buona Notte!

Secret Window

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Walking the narrow winding streets on Ana Capri is a treat. This window captured my imagination.

Ravello – not long now!

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75 Days to go before I board the Lufthansa flight to Naples. Counting the days, hours and minutes. Can’t wait to return to Ravello and the Amalfi Coast and excited to see Naples and Capri for the first time. Wish I could stay there forever.

A day at the Spa – Ah!

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Massages’s are wonderful on their own, facials always a treat, but a day at the Spa…..Ah! Heaven. Being greeted with a Mimosa and sitting in perfectly quiet rooms between treatments. Wonderful smells, steam, dimmed lighting. Nothing is more relaxing.

Above is the wonderful Spa at the Pueblo Bonito at Sunset Beach. Pretty Special!

 

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.

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