Edra Palace Hotel
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... would have been nicer if there was a bit more going on around the place, although the relative tranquility has been good.
We think it is fair to say that the south of Italy has a slightly different feel to the north and now we have seen the sights, we will not be rushing back.
We have had the odd problem with the apartment and utilities but after proving a dodgy water meter ...
Lazy stroll today around to the old Roman port of Formia.
Again, testament to the building skills of the Romans, the port still remains today and would have been a lovely spot to head out for your fishing trips. It is now in a protected zone but as with most of Italy's ancient remains, is fully accessible to all.
The port is on a walk that loops around the headland and also goes up to an old water storage tank, again in a good state of preservation with views out to sea.
... why we had eaten so much and with such huge portions, why Italians are not fatter!
On Monday Jane and Mark took the train into Rome for a tour of the main sights and lunch, while we enjoyed the sunshine on our roof terrace. We spent our final evening together playing cards... Mark taught us "Spelt".
Drop off back at the airport on Tuesday and was great to see them both and have some English conversation - funny how much you miss it.
... before, a bear destroyed half of the hives in search of a tasty meal a la Winnie the Pooh. The bees were understandably still distraught, but the beekeeper was still able to calm them enough with the smoker in order to show us the honeycombs. Next up, we learned how they process the honey to sell. The best part was the taste test that came last! I walked away with 7 jars of honey (okay, well, 4 were for friends at work).
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... It's still used occasionally today for concerts and night tours. The statues that used to stand there have been moved to museums in Naples and Rome, but the villa museum still has some parts and reconstructions - some of them were enormous!