Driving north along the Dalmation Coast there is the attractive little village Ston, a traditional centre of oyster and shellfish cultivation. Nearby, our AutoCamp Prapratno is at the little cove, with same name, on the seashore amongst the pinewood and olive groves. The pebbly beach has crystal clear water.
Driving east from Pompeii to Bari (Italy’s east coast with a ferry to Dubrovnik, Croatia waiting for us) we detour slightly through the town of . . . .
It’s deserted today because it’s a public holiday but we find only McDonald’s open for lunch and it is full of people.!!
A special highlight was our small group tour of the Amalfi Coast! Our gorgeous Italian guide was passionate and as we traveled the narrow, twisty cliff-top roads, we made several stops for photos of the breathtaking views!! Mark with our guide a the fresh fruit roadside stall!!
After a few hours drive south of Rome, Bruce nestles comfortable between the trees in Camping ZEUS. . . . 100m from the Pompeii ruins with Mount Vesuvius peacefully looking down on him.
Our GPS guides Bruce closer and closer to Roma (Rome). Along cobbled streets with ancient walls on either side of us and finally to his CAMPERSPOT only 2km from the Colosseum and the centre of Rome. One thing for sure – the Italian drivers live up to their reputation. Indicators are for decoration, a toot of the horn means “lookout – I am coming through” and swapping lanes at last second is considered normal here. Consequently ambulances are zooming around everywhere… any wonder why (Bev can hear one now!!).The panel beaters here are obviously kept very busy.
Time to rest our weary legs and put pen to paper (or bits to interweb) after some action packed days.
Bruce meanders along the winding Tuscan countryside taking us to historic walled villages of Volterra and San Gimignano, then on to Florence!!
Fellow tourists recommended we visit Santa Margherita and Portofino . . . . so why not!?!
We parked Bruce in the day carpark, grabbed our bikes and cycled down to the Mediterranean coast, passing Christopher Columbus and Vittorio Emmanuelle looking important and grand.
Bongiorno, welcome to the UNESCO listed Cinque Terrre.
It’s Tuesday morning and we hit the road heading North East to the famous Lake Como and then onto the more relaxed and equally picturesque area of Lake Garda. Lake Como was densely populated with 50’s – 60’s style buildings and not many spots for Bruce to pull over in the heavy traffic. The steep shores were packed with houses. We enjoyed the spectacular view of all the mountains in the backdrop.
Yes, it’s good to see Bruce, who is looking great, after minor health issues (alternator and water pump belt replacements required)!
Boldly and bravely he escorted us across the English Channel and eventually into countries foreign to him and us!