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Big Sur - Hiking Andrew Molera State Park

One of the great delights of living in the Bay Area is the proximity to the natural beauty of California and it's hard to beat the stunning drive down Highway One to Big Sur. This is certainly one of the iconic American road trips, but for me the joy of being in the area is getting out of your car and hitting a trail, so you can be "in" the landscape rather than just looking at it from the asphalt. 

Just Back from... Southern Italy

On the coast at Santa Maria di Castellabate, south of Salerno.
As you know I  haven't been posting regularly for quite some time. Well, we were out and about in southern Italy for a month  and I have so much fodder for the blog!  I love the regional diversity of Italy and the south offered us so much more to see. Wonderful hotels, Roman and Greek ruins, castles, Romanesque churches, Baroque architecture, fabulous regional food, gardens and spectacular views, as well as a wonderful historic spa will all be coming up. 
The beach and church at Positano on the Amalfi coast.
To introduce the trip it might be helpful to share the itinerary. We started with two days in Naples, three on the Amalfi coast in Positano, then nine days traveling through Puglia (the heel in Italy's boot), a  memorable night in Matera (where the houses are carved into hillside), a week in a rented villa in Cilento south of Salerno, three days on the island of Ischia and one final night in Naples. As usual I will be blogging about the places or themes that interest me, so even if I start with something chronological it doesn't often stay that way!


I can't wait to share our journey so here are a couple of pictures just to whet your appetite for the provinces of Puglia, Campania and Basilicata.
The beautiful island of Ischia.

Ahh... Neopolitan pizza, the best in the world!
Spectacular Roman glasswork in the collection of  the  National Archeological Museum in Naples.

Historic Matera in Basilicata.


Comments

Sakin said…
I like your photos;).
Thanks for letting me know! IT'a always great to hear from people.

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