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Island life

18 Apr
I’ve been wanting to go to the islands off the coast at Napoli for a long time.  More well-known are Capri and Ischia. Since we only had a couple of days, I picked Procida and made it a mystery-trip-delayed-birthday-celebration for Ric. It should have been beautiful weather. This was also our last getaway before retirement.  All I can say is that at least it wasn’t as cold as Tuscany in February.
We were able, as usual, to make the most of it despite the weather. When it was not inclement we headed outdoors. When it rained, we luxuriated in long hours of reading in our very pleasant room over-looking a marina. The food was terrific: fish and shellfish galore, crisp white wine from Ischia, and decent pizza. (See Our Weekly Pizza.)  Much like when we used to go to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in winter, it was a relaxing break from the everyday. It is nice to get out of the city.
There were many people traveling to-and-from Procida and Ischia, many clearly bound for homes of family and friends. The ferry out on Saturday was packed as many Italians travel at Easter. There were not so many tourists, but we were far from alone. Clearly others expected Mediterranean Spring as well.
If one is in Italy for a few weeks of intense travel and sightseeing, Procida would make a nice break, a “vacation from your vacation” as Rick Steves says.  Herewith a slideshow to give you a feel for Procida. Click on any picture to start the show.
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10 Responses to “Island life”

  1. Marcia April 20, 2015 at 04:30 #

    I’ve only been to Capri so your pictures of a different isle looked amazing. And how relaxing. Italians certainly know how to live!

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    • gooddayrome April 21, 2015 at 04:11 #

      Hi Marcia! We may hit Capri next month…. I suspect it will be quite a contrast to quiet little Procida. It certainly is fun to be able to spare two or three days and see these little places so few American have time to visit.

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  2. Ken April 19, 2015 at 07:36 #

    Laurel,

    I really enjoyed having a glimpse of Procida and reading your comments, as that’s a place that’s a bit “off the radar” for most travellers. As it happens, the local Italian Instructor here is from Procida, so I’ve often wondered what it was like there. Hope your plans are going well for your post-retirement living arrangements.

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    • gooddayrome April 19, 2015 at 09:17 #

      Thank Ken! If we are able, I’d like to pop over to Procida again when it is warmer…perhaps on our way to Ischia. We are thinking about a big trip to Sicilia in spring of 2016.

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  3. Chloe April 18, 2015 at 17:35 #

    Will you be leaving Italy upon retirement? You may be interested in a very nice blog/face book on Italy called Baroque Sicily. I enjoy it, particularly when it is a blog as I don’t like face book much. I will go on it in order to see Baroque Sicily however.

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    • gooddayrome April 19, 2015 at 09:16 #

      Hi Chloe. Yes we are staying in Rome for two years…at least that is the plan. I am familiar with Jann’s blog and love her photos and comments!

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  4. mvaden1948 April 18, 2015 at 16:34 #

    Wow, a chocolate bunny that size would have made all my childhood Easter dreams come true!
    Love the cat too.
    We people from the Northwest of the US know how to make the most of rainy weather.

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    • gooddayrome April 18, 2015 at 17:21 #

      Amen MIsha! Rain is not a real deterrent, but we do love sun when on an island….

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      • mvaden1948 April 18, 2015 at 17:28 #

        And I’m living proof that isn’t a guarantee even in Hawaii….although your chances there are a lot better….and it’s warm rain.

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