Italian Trip 2015 – Getting here

Had a pretty good flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Thank goodness for the movies – I watched “Far from the Madding Crowd” and “San Andreas”. The food was OK too but the best thing was we were given exit aisle seats.

Reached Abu Dhabi for a 4 hr layover at what was Sydney time 5 am so what did we do? Looked at the shops and took up seats in a bar & had a red wine and hot chips! We then found the departure lounge and took up residence in the lay out seats but not before admiring the mosaic covered roof. I promptly fell asleep for an hour or so.

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Back in the air, we arrived in Rome on time & after a small issue with the hire car, were on our way. We found our way onto the freeway & out of Rome with little problem thanks to google maps. It  was a lovely drive through picturesque countryside then mountains  but after about 3 hours Rod was getting pretty tired & took a wrong turn (following an ambulance). We decided then it was time to stop & have something to eat. We stopped in Amandola (which we’ve nicknamed Armadillo) and had some pasta and vino then it was off to find to the villa.

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Villa San Rafaello is owned by an English couple. It’s in a gorgeous setting about 3 km from the town.

View from our apartment
View from our apartment

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We settled into our apartment, unpacked the bags then headed in to have a look around. It’s a beautifully restored and preserved town. All the buildings are built from a beautiful light stone and many have window boxes and almost all have flowers outside their doors. We wandered the tiny winding cobblestone streets lapping it all in. I love the way you’ll suddenly come across an opening through the walls and glimpse the most stunning of views.

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IMG_1511We had to wait for siesta to be over for the shops to open so spent some time enjoying an afternoon drink & accompaniments. Following this we made our purchases of some prosciutto, salami and cheeses not to mention dirt cheap & very good Italian wine and beer.. then headed back to the villa.

After sorting ourselves out & having a light dinner I lost it at 8 and hit the sack.

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