Day 19 – moving on again, finding Ostia Antica #Italyroadtrip
Oct29

Day 19 – moving on again, finding Ostia Antica #Italyroadtrip

Following the amazing madness of a day absorbing the scale of both Pompeii and Vesuvias we decided to take a day on Dei Pini’s lovely beach to relax and enjoy. We swam with the fish, we read on the sand, I caught up with some work… And Boy got nipped by a crab. Twice. But we had many miles still to go, and couldn’t stay still for ever. We have quickly fallen into the swing of living in a motorhome. There is so little...

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DAY 17 – Pompeii’s Cave Canem had me lost for words and on top of the world on an active Volcano that is… Vesuvias! #Italyroadtrip
Oct28

DAY 17 – Pompeii’s Cave Canem had me lost for words and on top of the world on an active Volcano that is… Vesuvias! #Italyroadtrip

I gazed through the envelope of viewing space in the messy gauze covering, and felt my heart give a double thump. There he was….Cave Canem! The mosaic dog that had astonished my brain and made me fall in love with Ancient Rome when I was not even a teenager. ‘Beware of the dog’ – a Roman with a sense of humour. And unexpectedly the dog is far more beautiful than any picture had ever conveyed to me....

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Day 15 – The Amazing Surpise that is Paestum #ItalyRoadTrip
Oct26

Day 15 – The Amazing Surpise that is Paestum #ItalyRoadTrip

Forcing ourselves onwards from the bubble of Ugento (we hadn’t left the site once to explore the surroundings, though we know there are caves and grottos to see on fabulous boat trips), we began our journey northwards once more, slowly crossing the bottom of Italy to head up the coast towards Salerno, stopping at Camping Dei Pini, just up the road from Paestum. We arrived tired, as always, to a reception that spoke no English,...

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Day Fourteen of the #ItalyRoadTrip – leaving Ugento. What a wrench.
Oct21

Day Fourteen of the #ItalyRoadTrip – leaving Ugento. What a wrench.

The countryside didn’t really improve much as we approached  our stopping place for the next four nights, and with just 15 minutes to go before we were at our site we were all feeling more than a bit deflated at the rather (flat, hot, untidy, grubby and commercialised)unimpressive  area we were in. Exhausted, we ploughed on the last few miles, just glad we had somewhere to be stopping; thankful for the flexibility of Margot...

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Day Ten of the #ItalyRoadTrip – finally seeing the sea
Oct15

Day Ten of the #ItalyRoadTrip – finally seeing the sea

Leaving Camping Flaminio is no easy thing in a large motorhome – it’s a great campsite, but finding your way in and out without taking a wrong turn or getting caught in the wrong lane (if there are any lanes in the endless crowd of hooting revving little cars surrounding you) is tricky (or maybe we’re inept), and leaving Rome turned out to be almost as stressful as getting in. But we finally broke free of the endless...

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Day Eight – Rome at last. #ItalyRoadTrip
Oct14

Day Eight – Rome at last. #ItalyRoadTrip

So having taken a day to rest, we were up and about ready to tackle our trip into Rome. The help from Flaminio’s brilliant information desk had been excellent, and we had a detailed map for the walk to the train station, and clear instructions for which train to catch to and from Rome. We followed them carefully, risking life and limb crossing the busy roads, and soon found ourselves at the rather dingy Station. Once again we...

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