Soul Searching Through The 'Boot' travel blog

Soul Searching Through The "Boot"

Patti C.'s trek thru Italy travel blog
Buon Giorgno!!
After commenting to my mother that I felt the need for a distraction, my mind became obsessed with many options on where to travel. I researched Dubuai (thanks to the many friends/family that truly know me, expressed this was not such a good idea :), South America was a bit "iffy"... I then settled on Ireland and Italy. After much thought, considering family that I have in Italy, and the irony of having friends there at the same time, I decided on the "boot!"
After months on HelpX, this wonderful site posts families/hostels/farms that need help, especially after the winter season. After figuring out the geographic area and the type of work you want, you introduce yourself and voila!! The gardening I chose, will be in exchange for my accomodations and meals. I met a 52 year old opera singer that lives 25 min. from Rome in Cerverti. She is American and has a beautiful home, garden (which I will be helping with), etruscan caves and near Lake Bracciana.

My tentative itinerary looks like this.....I did say tentative? :)
Wendy's husband's friend hooked me up with a friend in Milan (upon my arrival) and will explore the northern area for the first week.
I will travel to Verona, Bologna on my own and will meet Molly in Florence for Easter Sunday. We will have about 10 days to explore the Tuscan area (she has apartment), Pisa, Umbria, etc.
I will depart for my work exchange on the 16th of April for 3 weeks. I will have the opportunity to explore Rome and the surrounding areas with her family and the locals (eclectic musicians I am assuming:)
May 7-June 6: Naples, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Brindisi,Bari and up to Civitanova and Ancona where my family is from.
June 7, back with Molly for a week in Slovenia and Croatia.
Meander my way up to Milan for a departing flight....that I hope I miss!!!

Arriverderci, A Presto!
signed: A Very Excited Patti!!

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
65 
 
 
Gallipoli day trip!
 
66 
 
 
Train and arrival in to Le...
 
67 
 
 
Moto Familia!!!!
 
68 
 
 
Cucina and cannelli/vongole!!...
 
69 
 
 
Calderoni Matrimonio!!! OMG!!!!
 
70 
 
 
Casa, camminare, and...
 
71 
 
 
Loreto and leaving!!! :( another...
 
72 
 
 
June 4-8.....Pescara
 
73 
 
 
June 8-12....Cagliari and the...
 
74 
 
 
Genoa...
 
75 
 
 
Comiglio...hike to San...
 
76 
 
 
Scooter rental....shoot me now!
 
77 
 
 
Cinque Terra with amicas!
 
78 
 
 
The hidden gem of the Italian...
 
79 
 
 
06.17.2012
Portovenere....Gulfo de Poetes
 
80 
 
 
06.18.2012
Genoa to Stresa...Final leg
 
81 
 
 
06.19.2012
Cable,chairlift,hike...Mottarone
 
82 
 
 
06.20.2012
Rainy bike ride-NO Jazz Fest
 
83 
 
 
06.21.2012
Train, Ferry, Switzerland
 
84 
 
 
06.22.2012
Island hopping/exhausted
 
85 
 
 
06.23.2012
Gardens, Beach, Pack!
 
86 
 
 
06.24.2012
Milan bound...Somma Lombardo
 
87 
 
 
06.25.2012
Homebound!
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