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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

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.


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