Thursday, January 19, 2012

Road Trip

While we were preparing for our time in Calabria, we read over and over that having a car in southern Italy is imperative to experiencing the country. So, we rented a car last weekend: a little Peugeot that we christened "Leo". 
This is the first time either of us has been behind a wheel since September, and it was so nice! We spent a lot time driving together when we were dating, (and after), and many of our best conversations and times together have been driving. We hadn't realized how much we missed those times until we were back in a car just the two of us.
It was also fun to be travelling on our own steam (so to speak). There is a sense of accomplishment when you drive yourself, as opposed to getting on a train and forgetting everything until you get off.
And we got to experience Italian Driving, which we both ended up having a lot of fun with—although there were a few moments of spiked blood-pressure. (I caught myself holding my hands to my cheeks just like my dad does when he doesn't like how someone is driving. ;) ) Driving through a Medieval town is a-whole-'nother experience though. In the future when I think that something is impossible, I am going to remember some of the streets we navigated through—all things are possible!
We drove along the ocean...
 And through the hills...
 Past farms and ruined villas...
 Beside acres and acres of Olive Groves...
 Mingled among Orange and Lemon groves.
 Here is the path that we took over the weekend. Started in Trope (G) and north to Lamezia Terme. Then over to Catanzaro on Friday, up to La Castella on Saturday, and down along to coast and back home on Sunday. More details of our trip will follow.

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