By the Trevi Fountain
the bridge to their Supreme Court
The Vatican makes for the sixth country I have traveled in--Canada, the United States, Cuba, New Zealand and now the Vatican.
Capri was a side trip, but the most anticipated. We had decided the restaurants were too expensive. We took a boat tour. The landscape was mostly rocks, but lots of trees growing. We had Sophia Loren's house pointed out. The Blue Grotto not available because of rough water, but given a close view. Did go into another grotto and had color changes enhanced.
Masking had become less of an issue. We had originally been told we would need to wear masks while in airplanes or the tour bus, but that had been relaxed. But seniors being seniors it was normal to cough and sometimes our fellow travelers coughed. Covid has been increasing, but we also didn't want to catch someone else's colds. Most of us started to wear masks more often, but not everyone.
To get to Sicily it was decided to take a ferry boat. Saved a lot of time transporting as we could sleep for the duration. The ferry boat had two escalators and a lot of facilities. We were not impressed with food, although for a difference we were given a few options for both primary and secondary entrees.
On our way to Unesco church site combining Arab and Norman influences we watched a busking opera singer and dropped some money in his cup. On the way back we were delayed with a protest march fortunately moving away from us.
We were taken to a very extensive street market that we returned to for our lunch enjoying some local specialties. I remembered our guide suggested a third way to enjoy gelato; inside a brioche. Our manager agreed that free time was something favored by tour groups.
UNESCO honored church
attractive flowering tree silk floss
Opera singing busker.
Part of my lunch.
Agrigento was the site of Greek temples chosen for its view of the Mediterranean, defensively strong. Lots of olives and surprisingly for carob trees. Also surprised to see goats. They also had a memorial section for people who died in good causes.
A memorial for those who died in the cause of freedom.
The ancient Greek Roman theatre hosts big name world class entertainment.
Food has played a big role in the attraction of Italy. We certainly enjoyed pasta and pizza in some of the variations. Risotto was not only enjoyed in the northern part of Italy, but also in the southern portion.
Our last hotel Saint Alphio was not the only one to help us sleep with the sound of sea waves. My first experience with sea waves was in Florida and I was annoyed at first, but came to appreciate it as an aid to sleep. When my mother was dying and having difficulty relaxing with the help of my daughter Heather I taped some ocean sounds and learned it had been very helpful. They also had the best food and servicing including food and entertainment.
This trio catered to our tables.
At the last nite at the Saint Alphio Hotel our tables received a lot of attention from the musical entertainment (guitar,accordion and singer/drums). Also received a large very delicious cake presented in a flaming manner.
Unfortunately right after that we had to get ready to go home which required a 1:30 wake up for us (the equivalent of 7:30 pm on the preceding Sunday) and then were driven to the Catatonia Airport. Several of us were wearing masks and one American traveler assumed we had Covid and raised an alarm. That calmed down and we were flown to Rome with waiting and bureaucracy time at both airports. Got to the Toronto Airport and at about 2.49 local time. Then more waiting and bureaucracy until finally picked up by Airways Transit for a drive home in rush hour traffic. We will be sorting out lots of details such as laundry for the next few days. Our cats seemed glad to see us, but a little confused. We are still acclimatizing ourselves to our regular time zone.
In case you missed the first part of our Italian adventure check:http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2023/10/italy-beginning-of-journey.html