Supposedly these two weeks, the last of 2018 and the first of 2019, are my holiday. Not one for just sleeping all day or lying on a beach, I’m spending a fair amount of time working on different personal projects, one of which is updating my blog and website.
One of the areas I haven’t yet updated is about our trip to Italy this autumn. The entry about Austria is finished but the entries about Italy still needs to be written. Let’s see if I can get that finished in the coming week.
Italy is such a fascinating place to visit. While there are plenty of more places I need to visit in Europe, it is my favorite thus far. Italy seems to strike the balance: it has much that is modern and sophisticated while maintaining some rough edges and lots of history. The people are warm and welcoming, distinct in their culture while happy to share it with you. The food is satisfying but not fussy. People seem to have a deep enjoyment of life.
We began our trip in Firenze (Florence) for two nights, visiting my cousin and his family. We then traveled south to the hillside of ancient Matera, stopping in Bari on the way to three nights in Ostuni in Puglia – the “heel” in the boot of Italy. The southern part of Italy makes for a nice contrast with the larger, more popular cities such as Firenze and Milano. (I haven’t been to Rome.) The south has most of the things I like about Italy but without many of the things I do not. In short, it is Italy without the onslaught of tourists!
Stay tuned for more details.
Yes, the small towns of Italy are the best. Just walking along the narrow streets and wishing the people along the way, was most satisfying to me also. I loved watching old women and men just sitting on benches and talking to each other and then, laughing out loud. What stories they may share!! Looking forward to more of your travelogue Chris. Love and hugs.
Such joy to be had from such simple pleasures, right?