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)
Day 9: Rende to Francavilla di Sicilia and a room change   (Sunday 30th July 2017)
Day 10: Day 2 in Francavilla Mount Etna here we come   (Monday 31st July 2017)
Tuesday 1st August 2017

Busy doing nothing!

After a disappointing breakfast buffet, we head off to Isla Bella.
40 minutes from home this substantial cliff decent ( They don't have many beaches you can reach without a Sherpa & ropes! ) led us to the beautiful , natural island which you can wade to, then part with 4 euros each to take a stroll round.

It was too chuffing hot so we opted for a wade in the crystal clear water.

The tiny patches of shingle were covered with bathers & their belongings, something of a beach hell. We did however spend an hour enjoying the cool water.

Having reached the top once more, a cold drink was very welcome.

Just by our parking area, we spot a cable car to Taormina, we hoped for an interesting village to wander through , however the cable car seemed to be an alternative to a bus for the locals, we enjoyed a few sweaty minutes at the top before taking the return part of the journey.

Our hotel menu has now exhausted its possibilties, so it was a last night drive to Castiglione di Sicillia. Maureen plotted us a path to one of trip advisors fave restaurants.
What she didn't take into account was the width of our vehicle or the narrowness of the castle towns alleyways ( road is a far too grand a word! )
I had to jump out on more than one occasion to guide the driver through, excessively narrow turns & passages. An oncoming car & another behind us ripped our nerves to shreds at one point, a slightly scuffed wing mirror was the only casualty.
Finally parked at a local car park we made our way to President restaurant where we enjoyed a lovely meal & calmed our frayed nerves.

Last night in Sicily, temperatures in the 30's today..
Goodnight kind reader xxx

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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)