I'm Going Back to Italy~Are You Really Surprised?

Li Galli islands in southern Italy
Li Galli islands in southern Italy

I am excited because I am planning another trip to Italy!  This one will be this fall, just after I retire from my nursing career. What a treat not to have to request time off and wait for it to be approved, (or not). I am starting to put together an itinerary and definitely Napoli is on my list. I promised the wonderful Tina from Discover Napoli Destinations  that I would return so she could show me the best of Napoli and explain why the mantra of the local Napolitanos is “See Napoli and die.”

Port of Naples
Port of Naples

After that I am considering time to relax on the Amalfi Coast once more, since I never tire of the tranquility and stunning landscape of this area.

Vietri sul Mare on Amalfi Coast
Vietri sul Mare on Amalfi Coast

I will be in a couple of other places where I plan on visiting friends and family and also am building time in for another favorite Italian city ~ Venezia.

Gondolas in Venice
Gondolas in Venice

I especially anticipate wandering through the sestieri of Castello and Dorsoduro and hopefully lose myself in a calle without a care in the world.

Venice
Venice

 

Venice
Venice

VeniceOf course my camera will be my companion.  Stay tuned for more updates.

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32 Responses

  1. Amazing captures! 🙂

    • So glad to hear it! I can’t wait for the next installments on Margie & Italy: will both survive?! They will be even better now that you are free to spend as much time and treasure as you have the energy to do.

      On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM, margieinitaly wrote:

      > jacksonjc9 commented: “Amazing captures! :)” >

  2. francaangloitalian

    Nice one Margie, Naples is amazing we loved it a lot and found it quite magical and beautiful with its noisy streets, its old “palazzi” still full of history. Enjoy! 🙂

    • Thanks Franca
      Looking forward to what I have missed all these years!!! Thanks so much for taking time to read my blog. Glad I discovered yours

  3. Enjoy enjoy enjoy!! Am having a sabbatical myself and loving the freedom to explore so I wish you every happiness in your retirement and happy travels!!! There’s a whole world out there to explore!!! :o)

  4. Fantastic. I’m sure you are the envy of many people. 🙂

  5. See you in Italy.

  6. I truly envy you! My family is from a small village 50 km east of Napoli called Pietrelcina. It was also the home for Saint Pio. Maybe you would find it interesting to visit?

  7. I m happy for you, have fun

  8. Congrats on your retirement and upcoming trip. I’m sure it will be spectacular.

  9. I am so happy for you Margie. I smiled came on my face as I read your post 🙂 So excited for your trip.. And many congratulations for your retirement. What a great year for you!!:)

  10. Oh how wonderful Margie! I have to wait until March 2015 for my next trip – but planning is so much fun. Yay for trips to italy!!

  11. Congratulations on your retirement and what a wonderful way to celebrate! I did exactly the same thing upon my retirement from teaching in 2012, then I went back last year and am going again this September. Totally hooked on Italy!

  12. Hi Margie
    Of course we know you will love being back here. I am so happy here in Tuscany, Bagni di Lucca is the most gorgeous place

  13. K Smothers

    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. Do enjoy the planning process and will look forward to hearing all about your trip on your blog. We too are planning a fall trip for 2 weeks with dear friends. Can’t wait to show them our favorite Italian places….and discover some new ones 🙂

  14. Excellent choice of pictures. I love the architecture. It says to me, “keep your world. We have been here forever and will be here when you are gone. We are the stability everyone wishes for but rushes around too much to have.” Yes it really does say that. And I am glad you are retiring. I did not see my retirement at all the way it turned out. But I am enjoying myself and know that you will as well because we know how to use time to our advantage. Something that many have to learn. And yes, it is hard to get over being the nurse to all. I still am but no longer take night call, ha ha. Who am I kidding, I got a call at 3 am just a week ago, “Can you talk?” Sure, the nurse is always in these days. PS Waiting for my book with coffee ready to go. My friends who also got a copy are out of town and will surely want a copy of Sicily.

    • Your book is on its way Bonnie and thank you again. I am sure you are being utilized in retirement for all your various skills! Glad you enjoyed the architecture photos!

  15. Napoli is a wondeful town, full of surprises. May I suggest a little area just out of Napoli- Marechiaro- which faces Capri and nearby there is a wonderful restaurant, La Finestrella. perhaps you have been there already? Good luck with trying to lose yourself in Venice. Is this possible with 22 million visitors a year and only 60,000 residents?

  16. How exciting!! You will have lots of time to enjoy it.

  17. What a fabulous way to celebrate your retirement my friend! And in all of those cities too!! I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to follow your journey every step of the way. Arrivederci!!

  18. Anonymous

    Have safe and relaxing travels Margie.
    Your photo of the Amalfi coast has a resemblance to Pittsburgh PA…on the sides of hills…

  19. how wonderful to be going Home to Italy…..it says a lot when a smile comes on your face, and a total sense of wellbeing as you plan a trip and finally arrive! shall share an important contact in venice with you….just have to finish my post on our day in venice…. and there are incredible opportunities for you, with a nursing background, you will never need to return..

  20. Jen Leslie

    I hope, hope, hope you are in Naples at the same time as me! Wouldn’t that be cool to meet a stateside friend in person for the first time in Napoli!

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