The Italian Job 2

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  1. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Well, with Spain going pear shaped I've got to have something to look forward to.

    I loved Sorrento. Flew there for a week last time. So this time, drive there.

    I'm thinking down France to the Med and round to Florence, Rome, Naples, Sorrento.

    Sept 2011.

    It's about 1300 miles from Calais to Sorrento.

    We stayed here in 2005, September, weather was just perfect for Brits.

    I feel warmer and happier just posting this.
     

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    Brisey Funster Life Member

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    Oooohhh Brian you are a tease.:Rofl1:

    Our diary is empty for September 2011.:Sad:

    Please keep us informed.:thumb:

    Brisey (Brian & Pam)
     
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    Hope you get away to this one..

    It is lovely there. :thumb:
     
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    Steven Fawcett Read Only Funster

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    Hi Hilldweller.
    do you know any sites around that area we stayed in sorrento 5 year + but in a hotel.
    there is a site near marina Grandi top of hill but do not know of any outher
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    There's half a dozen in the ACSI book. Plus Pompeii.

    Come to think of it, the weather was more than good, we took the boat to Capri and baked, did not do the place justice, it was too hot.
     

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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Once you are infected there is no known cure. You might as well start packing now :Laughing:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    My dream is firming up:

    Reims, Troyes, Dijon, Lyon, Grenoble, Gap, Nice round the Med, Firenza, Roma, Naples, Sorrento.

    We last did Route Napoleon in the rain on a bike, never saw it, so we might this time or at worse we'll be dry. The Italian Job 1 fills in the Med cost.

    This is not intended as a meet, just a route and if anyone wants to share a glass or two at any point they are of course welcome.
     
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    Sounds fantastic would love to follow if that would be possible. What an amazing journey Keep Smiling:BigGrin: Nannyjan
     
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    It looks a good trip Brian. Hope you get to make it.

    Its the sort of trip I fancy but the kids are both in school so I will have to wait:Sad:
     
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    Left June free.
    Did that last year but broke me feet through my own stupidity.
    I can feel a quick diary change comin on.
     
  11. staging lady

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    OOOOh Brian I agree with Brisey! You are a tease.:Rofl1:
    We were thinking of Italy and wondering about Rome.

    This is my dream trip too! Can you keep us informed,too.
    I'm up for it now. And the chance to share a glass with you, Diana, Brisey and Pam will be magic again.:BigGrin:
    Lucille
    I feel cheered up just thinking about it!
    Lucille:BigGrin:
     
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    We did that area in October 2008 - 'twas fantastic!

    We stayed at Camping Spartacus in Pompeii for about a week. Bit jaded but we were very rarely on-site! Eating out etc in Pompeii is a total rip-off! But hey ho - it's a tourist trap!:Smile:
    Train services excellent in that area.
    Day 1 was train to Sorrento and open-top bus tour.
    Day 2 train again and ferry to Capri, funicular up to Capri Town (looked for Gracie Fields but she wasn't there! :RollEyes:) . Stunning views!:thumb:
    Day 3 we did the Pompeii ruins - awesome!
    Day 4 was another train trip to Sorrento then local bus service to Positano, lunch then another local bus to Amalfi. - Totally gob-smacking day!:Smile:
    Day 5 train to Naples and a visit to the museum to see the artifacts from Pompeii! Crazy Naples!!:Laughing::Laughing:

    Vesuvius is worth a visit - chilling experience at times - we had visited it in 2005 so didn't feel the need to do it again yet!:Smile:

    Lost count of how many photos I took that week!:Eeek:

    From there we went to Rome (Happy Camping or something like that!) and had a week of sightseeing and oohing and aahing - totally knackered after that!
    Rome is awesome - the mix of old and new - religious and historic - breath-taking - loved every minute!:Smile
    We could easily spend another week in Rome and not repeat too much - so much to see and a superb Hard Rock Cafe!!!:BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:

    Prior to all that we had "done" Venice (Camping Fusina) ( FANTASTIC!!) then down the Adriatic to the heel then the toe then Sicily (well a bit of it - Catania - memorably forgettable and Camping Rais Gerbi at Finale - heaven!!)

    6 weeks in Italy and we were all cultured out and headed quickly as we could to Zahora to rest the little grey cells!!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    So, those of you that decide to go - well worth the experience!:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Here we go again......

    The object of the Italian Job 1 was to infect people with an incurable virus called Italy. We caught it by watching the TV holiday programs, first time was Lake Maggiore about 1993 and we returned just about every other year since.

    I think Italian Job 1 was a success. Already the virus is breaking out in those infected.

    What was not quite right about IJ1 was it ended up too much of a "tour" with fixed dates. That is not the spirit of motorhoming. We stayed a bit too long on Garda because we'd already done it twice. But I'd made this schedule and had to stick to it.

    IJ2 if anyone wants to tag along for any part dates will be very approximate and co-ordinated by FUN, phone or face to face. Definitely no booked sites. Live dangerously. If I/we stumble on a special site and good weather, then no pressure to rush off. That's how it should be.

    I've just written IJ2 in pencil on Sept 1st.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    You're a lot tougher than we are. 3 weeks and I could not look another painting in the face. They are mostly so damned depressing. Battles blood, gore, crucifictions. What happened to happy ?
     
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    Try the Dali museum in Figueres, Spain. That'll cheer you up.
     
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    Too Right, Brian, I've got the bug badly and we've got lots of time to drool over the photos of where we might go. Penelope Pitstop's train rides sound good to me!:BigGrin:
    Lucille
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Train, boat and bus work a treat round Naples/Sorrento, the roads are so congested and driving so bad it's the cheap safe option.

    Similar Rome. We stayed on the coast, spent the evenings on magnificent beaches and took the train into Rome for I think 3 euros.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Euro Holidays.

    What are French holidays ? Would the last week in August be a safe starting date ?

    I'm conscience of October being right after September if you get my drift.
     
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    Would we have problems with the August Bank Holidays? Motorway packed and crowded ferries?

    I have a notion that many french take August off so there is a jam on the !st August going out and the 31 August going back in.


    Perhaps one of the Funsters who lives in France can tell us?
    Lucille
     
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    Somebody stop me !!!

    Please SOMEBODY STOP ME !!!!!

    I have a temptress urging me on (Stageing Lady)

    The Italiano infection is taking hold, screwing up all my plans for next year

    What to do, What to do HELP

    Chrisboyo N Liz
     
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