A Glimpse of Italy
...... - Part 1
October 26 is our
National Holiday and this year it fell on a Friday and our
school decided to close the school on Oct 24 and 25 so we could
all have a little vacation time. Tom and I decided to spend the
time in Italy, just relaxing.
I got off at noon on the
23rd and we packed up and got the house in order and around 5am
on the 24th we got up, grabbed a bite to eat and then we were on
the road. We had hit the tail end of an autumn storm and it was
raining and very windy, which made driving in the dark so NO fun
About 100 km into the
trip (of 550) I needed a break, so we stopped at a service
station that had a McDonald's for a bit of a break and a hot
And after a bio break we
pushed on. The weather was still yucky.
But thankfully, the
further we got the nicer the weather got.
Shortly before we
reached the Italian border we left the motorway to fill up the
tank again - gas is way cheaper in Austria than Italy and to
grab a bite of breakfast.
This is McDonald's "kind"
of toast - like two pieces of cardboard with some cheese (and
Tom had ham and cheese) in the middle. Not something I need to
give a second try.
Off we went again, just
to leave the motorway again to pick up our tollticket (think
sunpass in Florida) so we could use the fast lanes at the toll
and took this for our
friend Jeanette, who likes the chocolates ......
and we hit the motorway
About two hours later we
had made it to our destination. Now I need to explain that we
went there at the tail end of the tail end of the season, so we
knew that most of the businesses would already be closed, but we
were sure that restaurants would still be open. BUT, this being
Italy - EVERYTHING is closed for some hours at lunchtime and we
did not want to go around searching for a restaurant so we
stopped at a supermarket and bought some groceries and then
headed to our hotel, which is an Aparthotel - you rent an
apartment, but they will service it daily. And we were glad we
did, as most of the businesses were closed and so were most of
We picked up the key and
discovered that we had been put in the apartment that we have
often had before, it is one with a HUGE veranda.
you even have a view of
the Mediterranian sea.