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Provincia di Cosenza

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  • Day269

    Lido Alexander, Cirella

    March 22, 2017 in Italy

    Reaching the SS18 coast road we left behind most of the steep, narrow, winding country roads and the awkward town streets that didn't have enough room for a van and car to pass. Although the SS18 was still difficult at times, there were a succession of viaducts and tunnels making driving easier and we were able to keep up a decent speed and make good progress.

    We were glad of this because we didn't feel like hanging around, especially in the province of Catanzaro. A blue smog hung over the mountains and caused us to keep the air vents closed. Once again we saw prostitutes standing waiting for their next punter at the roadside, whoever they may be. We hadn't seen them in the previous province and we stopped seeing them when we passed into Consenza, although they still hung heavy on our minds. We kept thinking how much of it was down to politics and how the authorities allowed these women to be blatantly farmed for profit. Not only was it distressing for the prostitutes but it affected the way every woman walking on the road was viewed.

    Our stopover, a grass and gravel campsite with direct access to a shingle beach offered some reprieve when we arrived just after 1pm. It was one of many, clustered on the flat plain between the mountains and the Tyrrhenian sea, where the ground didn't look stable enough to support the low rise apartment blocks lining the other side of the road. With the element of competition, it only charged a very reasonable €8 per night. The day was overcast so we were able to sit out comfortably and admire the ruined stone settlement and castle on top of an inland hill. A sprinkler kept the plants, including palm and eucalyptus trees, healthy and these in turn supported a variety of small birds, whose chirping added to the relaxing ambience. In late afternoon a fruit and veg van pulled in and we bought a few small punnets of strawberries for desert. We watched a glorious sun set over the sea through the palm trees and felt very lucky to be there.

    After buying some bread buns from the delivery van that dropped by the next morning, we continued on our course. The tourist season is picking up now and this, combined with the fact we are heading north, may mean more on-site sellers.
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  • Day232

    Aprigliano

    February 13, 2017 in Italy

    It was a long drive down the toe of Italy's boot today. Much of it was a slow and the narrow winding mountain roads made it nessesary to be very careful. We left the region of Basilicata and entered Calabria, one of the poorest Italian areas. We'd been looking for a place to stay for a while but the towns we passed through were filthy with rubbish and broken glass. People seemed in a big rush and we didn't feel we'd rest easily in any of the possible spots we saw. Outside the towns the countryside was hilly and the few laybys we found were too narrow and close to the road.

    We were feeling a bit desperate when we pulled into Aprigliano after the sun had set. We initially spotted some on-street parking but when we got out to investigate we found a large flat car park next to some allotments just down the hill. At this point we were greeted with a 'bonsoir, ca va?' from a friendly Frenchman out for the evening passegiata. Vicky and he spoke in a mixture of French and Italian which left her very confused, but he assured us that we'd have a very tranquil night in the car park before pointing out where we could find all the different shops. We parked up and breathed a sigh of relief before getting out and stretching our legs for the last bit of the evening's passegiata after being cooped up in the cab all day.

    It is one of the best feelings to drive without knowing where you are going to stay and come accross an amazing place by chance. However, if you are goind to experience these highs you've got to accept the lows of spending hours desperately searching for any place to stay while you get more and more tired. We were lucky today with Aprigliano, its peaceful site, friendly locals and view over the hills.
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  • Day13

    An out of season resort hotel for £35 a night including breakfast.

    We had a lovely drive down from the Naples area and will continue down the coast tomorrow morning to Reggio Calabria where we get the ferry to Sicily.

    The people from last night's hotel insisted on giving us a bottle of wine and a fellow guest at the hotel wanted to swap his 51 year old Fiat 500 for the MG.

    Tonight we are having an early night as tomorrow could be a long day. It usually takes us an hour to get packed, the car checked over and the route planned for the day. So we've been setting off at around 10.30 to 11.00
    The pictures are from the journey down and around this beach side hotel.
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  • Day14

    Pictures will not capture the beauty ...

    September 29, 2017 in Italy

    We set our alarm to watch the sunrise over Scala from our bedroom window and it was beautiful! We got ready and went out to the main terrace to have breakfast. Katia was up and ready for her guests. We had bread, prosciutto and cheese with tomatoes from Katia's mama Mena's garden. The. We had a sweet croissant with jam or Nutella and a nice cappuccino and espresso. Heaven! At 10 am Katia came to get us and two other guests and drove us down to the next town of Ravello. We walked around the town and decided to do the well known walk from Ravello to Amalfi. Down narrow staircases and winding roads that took us along a scenic tour of the coast. We discovered a beach and of course we had to go down and put our feet in the crystal clear blue water! Once we made it to Amalfi we wandered around and decided to take a well deserved break and found a terrasse along the water and ordered a bottle of Chianti and some antipasto. Sooo good ! Our waitress was so funny ! We stayed a few hours longer and window shopped. Got a few beer along the way just because you can walk around with it lol 😂 . We got the bus back to Scala which only goes so far. We knew there were stairs that would take us up to our place , it was so dark and the endless stairs up pretty terrifying ! We finally came out onto a road and when we were trying to figure out which way to go a car passed then backed up and asked us if we were going to B&B Olivia , which we said yes and in Italian he said ok get in and drove us another 5 minutes straight up and dropped us off at our place. No idea who he was but he was a God send. Would have taken us another 15 min to walk and not being sure where we were going !! The people here are so friendly 😘Amalfi area is just too beautiful to describe and the pictures we take are nothing like being right here. 😊. Every time you walk around a corner or up some stairs the view is just breathtaking! Happy we have two more days here 💕🍷Read more

  • Day9

    Mangone, Calabria

    September 3, 2017 in Italy

    Dad's town is beautiful, the old part of it anyway. It's exactly how I imagined it. Nonnas out in front of their houses insisting you come in for coffee, kids playing soccer in the street, I could go on and on. I've made friends with some of Rita's (Nella's friend) cousins kids, Pietro and Emanuela. Emanuela speaks ok English so she's been translating for all the others I meet. You can tell that this event, Ritroviamoci (come home) is helping the town. It's not very busy, lots of empty houses.Read more

  • Day13

    Change of plan.

    May 23, 2017 in Italy

    We had intended to spend around four or five days in Sicily before going to Malta. However, because we don't have a usable spare wheel we are going to head to Malta where we can sort it out at our leisure the do the tour of Sicily on our way back to England.
    Another change of plan is that the roads here in the south are really good so we have stopped using the toll roads.
    Tomorrow night could see us either in Taomina Sicily or on the late ferry to Malta.Read more

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Provincia di Cosenza, Cosenza

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