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Travel Blogs from Mandatoriccio
... Southern Italy then South East Sicily would take some beating. Sicily has a wealth of things going for it and the Sicilians are gradually realising this - unfortunately - Calabria seems to be on a continuing downward spiral.
After all the hype about Mafia and organised crime in Sicily, you may be surprised to hear that we did not see any evidence. In fact the only crime we know of involved Signor.
The road trip begins ... We left Rome in the morning and picked up our new Citroen for the next 3 months. Getting out of Rome in the autostrada was easy and so off to Matera via Napoli. Everything was smooth until we reached Matera where our sat nav found the old town and the Sassi too hard. If you GOOGLE Matera and the Sassi area you will understand. So we parked the car and walked into the old caves, and with the help of a friendly local signora who was walking her dogs, we ...
... I might miss out on the positive energy of a visit to the Czech Republic. (A big mistake?) But soon, I'd be a "Retired Oddyseus", able to spend all my winters in Rymarov.
-----On the Greek island of Amorgos, I met a girl named Penelope. Like someone from Queens, New York, she carelessly flicked her words and gestures at you. She was cute and funny. She joked that she was my wife, as she shared her name with the wife of Homer's Odysseus. She said ...
Friday we explored more with the car and went to yet another little hill
town, Castiglione del Fiorente where it was market day. So much cheap,
but good quality Italian clothing to choose from! Shayna and I were very
good and only bought one item each, though we all added to the souvenir
collection and the time also came to buy an extra bag to get everything
... My goodness though, Italians eat like hobbits. I have no idea how they stay thin. There were four different "meals" served throughout the course of the day, plus a series of desserts. First we had ham and cheese sandwiches, which as Dewey told me they would be, were a completely different food. Then there was lasagne and a spinach and ricotta filled crepe. Next we had the dessert ...