Monday, September 30th, 2013
Yesterday Beachview Retreat bid it’s last guests of the busy 2013 summer season adieu. It will not greet the next until November 8th, over six weeks from now. Six weeks! Yahoo! The proprietors are certainly ready for a break after a very busy time this summer. ‘How busy?’, you ask. Well, during the 16 week span June through Sep there were a total of only 15 nights without a guest in the house. Our longest stretch was 36 days without a break. Now we absolutely love what we do but there are times when a bit of fatigue sets in. We all know that one effective fatigue remedy is travel. We see this in our own guests time and time again. After a day or two amid new and different surroundings most people manage to slow down and relax a bit, thrilled to be exploring new places and experiences. Well, it’s our turn to receive the balm of travel rather than dispensing it. This time to Italy. This time with our intrepid travel companions: neighbours, Dave and Mary; Torontonians, Brian and Laurel. Our adventure begins on Wed Oct 2 when we depart for an overnight stay in Toronto and then off to Rome for an overnight flight to arrive there Friday morning. From there we will take the train to Naples and on to the Hotel Jacarino in Sant Agata where we will join up with our Walker’s World group.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
We left Rome more than a week ago and the jetlag is behind us as we slowly resume our pre-Italian lives. But not entirely given that one of my tasks is to organize photos and finalize my travel journal. It’s going to take a while to sort out the 1,800 images I brought home, but I can at least put this blog to bed.
But before I do, a few comments. One of the things I wanted to do was to add a couple of videos I recorded along the way, something I was unable to do while on the road. I have now gone through my original post (which appears next – one post for 24 travel days in Italy) and added links to these videos which live in my YouTube account because I still can’t figure out how to imbed them into this blog. I have also incorporated some small edits and minor additions along the way, but resisted the temptation to change any of the photos.
I thought a good way to try and summarize this trip would be to do it through photos, so here goes: