Adventure travel has come rather too late in life, not that I won’t pursue it, but rather that there are so many places to visit, experiences to be had, sights to see and limited by the fear that begins to grip in life after 50!
In just over one week (1 week and 2 days, but who’s counting) I head for Italy: Southern Italy to be exact where my eldest daughter Emilie and I will follow through on a seed of an idea sown back in the 90’s, that has been allowed to fester until it needed to be (proverbially) lanced 20 years later.
We are headed for Mt Etna in the first instance; the Grand Lady since February has been making enticing promises making the earth quake and followed by glorious volcanic eruptions and lava flow. At the last correspondence with our hotel the lava was still flowing and though it is headed in the direction of Nicolosi where our hotel is located, we are not moving!
Mt Etna stands 3300 metres above sea level, 4 times higher than Adelaide’s Mt Loft, a staggering 700 metres (ha!) there alone my friends is the first challenge but we are not daunted in the least.
From Sicily we ferry across to two of the Aeolian islands; firstly Stromboli a place for lovers and dreams or so they say, since the very open on and off-screen affair of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rosselini during the filming of the movie by the same name. I think it put Stromboli on the map even without the assistance of the volcano that rumbles and erupts every 20 to 40 minutes. However movies, love affairs, and notable residents such as Dolce & Gabbana cannot take away from the spectacle and fireworks this volcano will provide during our stay.
Vulcano is next on the list but it is really the lure of the black beaches, (in contrast to our pristine white Australian beaches), thanks to the ancient lava remnants and the mud baths. They say that the sulphuric smell of the mud doesn’t wash off that quickly, hmmmm that will be interesting.
Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Portici and Pozzuoli, places of volcanoes, super volcanoes and where the effects of volcanoes have made history; we will climb and explore them till we are almost worn out with exertion or the head cramming detail, verbal, written or visual.
Finally, as it is Emilie’s first time to Italy we will spend a few days in the ancient capital of Rome, a place of beauty and history that is almost divine, the centre of an Empire never conquered by another but still an Empire that fell all the same.
So much to see and do and so few days to do it.
Journey with us on this pilgrimage of a different sort; see what we see and experience in the breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, architecture and its hospitable people.
As always I look forward to your comments along the way.