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The Alps and the Sea, Italy.

As the cold wind blows the last of the fallen leaves from the deciduous trees around the garden, the days have shortened and the sun is low in the sky, I realise winter has finally set in here in Victoria.

Social media has come alive with photographs from those who have set off on adventures to warmer climates both near and far, some have headed to Northern Australia, some to Europe and North America, and some to South East Asia. These people are travelling by 4x4 with caravan or tent, some by bus and train and staying in grand hotels, some are just relaxing and sailing around the Adriatic, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, and some are Cruising these seas in style on large cruise ships.

Seeing some of these photographs made me think about some of the travel adventures we have taken over the years, in particular a recent trip to Italy in 2014. We spent five weeks in Italy, 2 weeks in the Italian Alps skiing, such a spectacularly beautiful part of the world, great food and wine and some of the most hospitable people on the planet. Then on to the tourist trail, Cinque Terra, Florence, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. We were very fortunate  to spend some time with a very close, caring and loving family in a rural area south of Rome, this family cared for and protected our daughter when she lived in Italy some years ago, So it was great to meet them and say thank you. Such a happy house full of smiles and laughter and again that great food. Then it was on to Rome, and it just happened to be the weekend of the canonisation of the past popes at The Vatican City, there were millions of people in town to witness this event. All of the tourist attractions were very crowded, but it all added to the adventure.

I have posted some of my of photographs I have captured in this trip to the Italy gallery, just  follow the Italy Gallery link.

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