After hail the day before on Easter Sunday and a crazy rainstorm that night, my G Adventures tour group woke up to calmer skies on Monday and we were ready for our first hike of the week on the Amalfi Coast, through Valle delle Ferriere national park.
The morning after I met my tour group in Naples was Easter Sunday. And what better way to celebrate the holiday than to go visit Pompeii and see where once an entire city was covered completely in ash by a near by volcano! So I grabbed some chocolate easter eggs that the hotel staff had for us at breakfast and we were on our way.
I have so much to share from my trip to Italy in April. Like last year, I got to go to Bologna for work for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, one of the biggest book fairs in the world for children’s books. And also like last year, I decided to take advantage of the work trip and add on some vacation days to travel.
As you read this, I’ll be in Italy! I’ll be there for a couple weeks for both work and play and will have lots of stories and photos to share when I come back. While I’m away, read and enjoy some previous posts I wrote about all things Italia.
Christine Gilbert posted about the Capture the Colour contest put on by Travel Supermarket and I wanted to enter immediately. It’s a travel photography contest asking bloggers to post their five favorite travel photos according to the colors blue, green, yellow, white, and red. Judges will choose the best entries to win the grand prize of $3100 and the new iPad. The deadline for entries is August 29th and be sure to make your post known on Twitter and Facebook before then. Read to the end of this post to see who I nominated to join the contest and read more about the Capture the Colour contest to learn how to be eligible to win.
I was sure I was going to keel over right then and there in the customs line. I was hot and nauseous and the line was moving at a snails place that I didn’t know if I was going to actually make it onto the Heathrow Express. When it was finally my turn in line, the desk agent took just a few seconds to check my passport and BUNAC work visa and with a smirk, reminded me to write the day’s date in reverse from now on – 7th of September 2007, not September 7th, 2007.
Just as I am prone to read travel memoirs over any other genre, my movie choices always lean toward something with a travel theme. When I’m not traveling, the routine of work and school makes me forget sometimes how wonderful adventuring can be but reading books and watching films that tell stories of travelers helps me to maintain the wanderlust. Below are some of my favorite scenes from travel-themed films that I’ve watched recently (I’ve included links to trailers if you haven’t seen them yourself!).
Do you cling to your copy of Frommer’s, Fodor’s or Lonely Planet guidebook while traveling in a new city or do you just wing it? I’ve done it both ways but never really thought about it until I read Franz Wisner’s funny and vulnerable memoir, Honeymoon with My Brother. Fed up with out-of-date information and being led to restaurants packed with tourists, Wisner pleads that ditching the guidebook offers a more authentic experience while traveling. I have to say I agree with him as I have converted from a guidebook devotee to a girl who wings it and I think I did it unconsciously.
One of my best friends and former travel buddy recently got engaged and of course I am beyond happy for her. Since she’ll be goin’ to the chapel soon, it got me thinking about all of the cathedrals, basilicas, churches, abbeys, monasteries, etc. we visited in Europe and there were quite a lot.