|Sunset camel ride on the beach in Broome, Australia|
Hubby and I are not wealthy; we travel quite a bit, especially now that we're both retired. And after each trip we are always amazed at how easy it is to travel for extended periods without breaking the bank.
|Village of Vettica Minore, on the Amalfi Coast|
This last trip, we travelled for twenty-three days in Italy. When we came home I added up our expenses: airfare, car rental for two weeks, gas for the car, accommodation for twenty-two nights, all food, tours, and incidentals, in short every single cent we spent from the time we left for the airport on September 21 until we arrived home on October 15. We'd spent just over $8,600.00 Canadian dollars. Gad. That sounded like a lot, until I started to break it down.
|Walking the ancient stairway from Agerola down to Amalfi|
|Gigino the master pizza maker in San Lazarro Square, Agerola, on the Amalfi Coast|
|Post Sunday lunch goodies from Pasticceria Avitabile Mauro, San Lazzaro Square, Agerola|
|First evening in Rome, enjoying a glass of wine compliments of our hosts in Agerola|
We found that the cabins in caravan parks in Australia were our favourites, one even had a Jacuzzi. We cooked our own food at the communal barbeque area, and met lots of interesting people. I remember the first night we did that, I had stayed at the cabin putting together the salad, and opening the wine, while Hubby carried off the steaks to the barbeque area. Before too long he was back to get me, and the salad, plates and cutlery, and wine. We had a wonderful time eating and chatting with two young doctors from the UK, and an older couple from Tasmania.
|Piazza Navona, Rome|
|Strolling the Fiume Tevere, with the Vatican in the distance|
|Part of the ancient city wall, Parco degli Scipioni, Rome|
|Ms. B. on a Vespa. When in Rome.|
Now I've yakked your ear off for long enough, my patient friends. That's if any of you are actually still reading. Ha. Hubby is waiting for me to go for our Sunday afternoon walk.
But, I want to leave you with a small moment we enjoyed in Rome. Our hotel was next to the opera house, and each night a street performer played his violin on the corner below our window. Except for this night when he was joined by a man in a white shirt and dark suit, who emerged from the opera house, sang a song with the violin player, and then ambled on up the street.
Have a listen. The last bit is the best. Of course I had to stop filming to put down the phone and applaud, the sound of my clapping echoing down and across the street, until they saw me at my window, and laughed and waved.
I've watched that little video countless times. It always makes me smile.
Sometimes I can't believe I'm so lucky as to be able to travel as much as we do. Sometimes I want to pinch myself. Like when we're walking down an empty street on Murano, under a full moon, and the church bell starts chiming; or sitting at a wobbly restaurant table on an ancient stairway in Vieste watching as a woman leans out her second-floor window to bring in her washing and chats to a passerby below; or calling a cheery "Buongiorno" to Gigino, the owner of the restaurant we ate in the night before, as he strolls along the street with his morning coffee and his groceries; or waving back at the singer and his buddy the violin player that night in Rome. Those moments are the best. You can't factor moments like those into a travel budget.
They're priceless. Don't you think?
In case you're interested I'm including some links below to accommodations in various places in Italy that we would heartily recommend. We booked most of these on Booking.com, except for the Murano Palace, but I've included links to their websites where possible. Plus a link to find Lucca the driver in Rome. If you have any questions about any of these leave a comment below, or you can drop me an e-mail here, if you'd prefer.
Murano Palace, Murano, Venice
Rovezzano B&B, Florence
Country House Ca' Vernaccia, Urbino
Agriturismo Il Casale Degli Amici, Norcia
B&B Miramare, Agerola
Luke the Driver, Rome
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