Last month I decided to leave the Melbourne rain and cold temperatures behind and escape to Italy with my daughter. None of this was a long-time plan – basically if we could manage it, we would – so we booked and organised like crazy and flew to the warmer climates of my favourite places in Italy. While we both did some work, we also managed to drink in the colours and heart of Italy and for me, it stirred memories of more recent and long ago visits. We also made some new memories and how lucky was I to make those memories with my daughter.
Here are some photos of the first half of our trip – second offerings next week.
Hong Kong was hot with inky clouds threatening – I imagined my characters for a forthcoming book visiting this spot, which I know they did. Magic.
Good morning Milan
Lake Como – never changes
We stayed at a wonderful air bnb up the hill. This is the view from the bus on the way up the mountain.
Bellagio – jewell of the lake
Shopping in Bellagio
Climbed to the top
Vernazza in the morning light – Cinque Terre
Looking down on Vernazza
I walked the Cinque Terra more slowly this time (6 years older)
Manorola – Cinque Terre
. . . then to Pisa in the early morning to beat the tourists!
Always a marvel
Time to rest at the beautiful Casanova B & B in Pistoia – perfect
. . . here there was a garden and hidden places to wander.
Beautiful food . . .
a dog called Doc and a rescued kitten.