I had the chance to go with a group on a tour through Italy. Although I don’t recommend the short 2 week notice of pre-planning before departing like I did, I am glad I went. I am grateful to have many sources available (you know who you are) to help me organize my own trip quickly and safely.
|Amalfi Coast, Positano, Italia|
I now realize it is not that I know everything about each destination and of traveling. I slowly absorb unfamiliar things. I have many sources to reach out to when I need to plan. I do like stay in contact with these people, and I add new contacts all of the time. I am lucky to know many people globally who want to help to me along the way. Thank you.
Italia Trip Memories
One of my favorite memories was when we were invited to make our own Italian dinner somewhere in the Sorrento countryside after our early evening drive along the Amalfi coast of southern Italy. Yes, I fell in love with this other coast.
I ask, "Is it the other half to our Highway 1 south of Big Sur?"
I was lucky to be sitting in a motor coach to gaze at the scenery – something I am not able to do on my own self-drive trips.
|Host on the left in the pink t-shirt|
Now, it is time for our Mozzarella party and dinner. We had a guided visit of an Olive Oil mill and a fun cheese demonstration under the direction of our hosts - we saw up-close how to make mozzarella.
We finished our evening eating our own pizzas that we prepared and tasting local regional wine.
|Host on the right|
I am not sure what really made this a fabulous fun evening for us - walking downhill on windy, dark path through the forest to where our hosts were located in this country area in the early evening, the up-close demonstration of making cheese while chatting with our hosts, making our own pizzas, or perhaps it was the family-style dinner sitting around large round tables on a large covered patio where we ate the pizza and drank more Italian red wine – we laughed constantly as we all got acquainted.
I met people who came from Australia, Canada, and USA on this trip. Many came on this trip simply to get away for a nice summer vacation while some had plans to meet up with their own Italian family discovering their family roots after our tour.
Each person had their own identity - story. We all had one thing in common, this one Italia trip.
Dare I say this was a typical, fun Italian dinner for my new travel family of 30 people creating one of my best memories of Italia culture?
“They say that there was no train between Venice and Austria. They built the tracks anyway. They built the tracks knowing that the train would come.” (From Under the Tuscan Sun)