Italy 2017
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Day 1: No fly zone   (Saturday 22nd July 2017)
Day 2: To the old Trout   (Sunday 23rd July 2017)
Day 3: From a chateau Chillon to the Matterhorn.   (Monday 24th July 2017)
Day 4: Around the Horn!   (Tuesday 25th July 2017)
Day 5: Zermatt goodbyes & to Venice for a bit.   (Wednesday 26th July 2017)
Day 6: Bridge of Sighs.   (Thursday 27th July 2017)
Day 7: Our wedding anniversary and the beach we nearly went to.   (Friday 28th July 2017)
Day 8: We woke up in Stiffe!   (Saturday 29th July 2017)
Sunday 30th July 2017

Rende to Francavilla di Sicilia and a room change

The unappetizing Rende with its Street corner rent boys ( men ) & dumpster diving homeless, boasts the nicest room at the cheapest price. The strictly come dancing fest looks to be continuing today with workshops & lessons.. sooooo tempted.

Just a couple of hours up the road we encounter our Ferry to Sicilia ! robbed of 2 euros by a local chancer who helped us " validate " our ticket.

Next stop Sicilly, a scenic voyage ending in the port town which resembled Leigh Park.

Next stop Ians carefully planned beach stop..Another Google cock up brings us to a cliff walk down to a rocky outcrop.
Maureen found us a much better option on the main prom, we took a seat in the beachside restaurant & eventually our fishy meals arrived. The prawns duelled til the death!

Despite the extra prawn weight, we took a dip in the beautiful clear ocean, tiny polished stones instead of sand .. bliss

Above us the local castle, we spent a little too long enjoying the gentle waves.

Another gruelling 2 hours to our final destination.

Our first view of the Mighty Mt Etna, she breathes smoke !

Our first room The "deluxe" suite did not meet with my exacting approval, I wasn't keen on the non working fridge or hand daubed decoration on our wardrobes or the X rated bathroom pic.
This is room mark 2 a bit more modern  & generic.
Thank you to Miss Hollie for our Prosecco, glasses supplied by the hotel, our anniversary mark 2 as well xxxxx.

Dinner in our hotel, Ian enjoyed his Pizza Etna & his Birra Moretti..He's a bit squiffy after the prosecco & is talking crap as usual.

We are off to chill in our room minus the Xrated paintings.

Goodnight dear reader..til next time xx

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Day 10: Day 2 in Francavilla Mount Etna here we come   (Monday 31st July 2017)
Day 11: Busy doing nothing!    (Tuesday 1st August 2017)
Day 12: Back to the mainland.   (Wednesday 2nd August 2017)
Day 13: Up Pompeii.   (Thursday 3rd August 2017)
Day 14: The girls are coming!   (Friday 4th August 2017)
Day 15: Roman Holiday.   (Saturday 5th August 2017)
Day 16: The Gypsy Curse   (Sunday 6th August 2017)
Day 17: Vatican ventures & Gladiators!   (Monday 7th August 2017)
Day 18: Angels & Demons    (Tuesday 8th August 2017)
Day 19: Hello Pope, bye bye pixies.   (Wednesday 9th August 2017)
Day 20: Art work overload.    (Thursday 10th August 2017)
Day 21: Our own unguided tour of Florence.    (Friday 11th August 2017)
Day 22: Ian leans in Pisa.   (Saturday 12th August 2017)
Day 23: Sunny Sunday.   (Sunday 13th August 2017)
Day 24: Goodbye Italy, It's been one hell of a ride.   (Monday 14th August 2017)
Day 25: Long day driving...Hello Callais   (Tuesday 15th August 2017)
Day 26: The final stretch   (Wednesday 16th August 2017)