We had a short pre-departure conference video call about our upcoming trip to Italy. We'll be staying in a small bed and breakfast in the town of Ravello that sits high up in the mountains (350 meters above sea level) with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast region. The Experience Designer (travel leader) also shared with us some of the small nuisances of staying in a small town like we'll be walking everywhere as it's removed from public transportation offered in major cities. The small town atmosphere will allow us to get to know the towns people and for them to know us. We're excited about the experience, and as a group are deciding what we want to do on our "free day". We've thought about touring the town's large garden estates and the coast's most beautiful church, Duomo di Ravello, but it's possible we may get away even further to Positano or Pompeii. And we can't forget about the local restaurants. Although most of our restaurant meals are inclusive of our trip costs, there are a few evenings during our week in the region that we are on our own. All I can say is "bring on the pasta (and the wine)"!! As the time ticks away, there is also the little issue of packing to do. We both plan to pack our own individual carry-on with no checked bags. It may seem impossible to pack for a week, but we've done it before. Fold, roll, and tuck. And believe it or not, it doesn't wrinkle as much this way. Anyways, the countdown continues and the anticipation is high. We'll share photos of our travels and foods eaten upon our return.
Rhonda & Sharee Washington