I spent a few days this week with my friend Kristi at her summer place outside of Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea in Punta Marina Terme. She takes her two sons there in early June and stays until the beginning of September. Her husband works in Bologna during the week and joins them for the weekend. She invited me to keep her company during the week and escape the city heat anytime this summer. Yes, please!
The camping village they call home for the summer is Villaggio Dei Pini. It is equipped with camping bungalows, a general store, bar, pizzeria, game room, multiple playgrounds and activity areas for the kids, a sunset deck and after-hours bar and private beach front access. The public showers, bathrooms and laundry areas are pristine. It’s a fantastic little community and everyone was very welcoming to me.
I spent a few hours each morning enjoying a cappuccino and brioche al fresco while I checked email and did some work. After that, I relaxed on the beach, trying to make peace with the sand. I read, worked on my tan, waded through the surf, people watched… the usual beach time activities.
In the evenings we enjoyed beautiful sunsets, festive summer cocktails, delicious meals and late night gab sessions. Poor Kristi spent most evenings translating conversations from English to Italian or vice versa. It was definitely a great environment to work on speaking Italian as very few speak English.
Kristi arranged for Samuele to drive me to the train station so I wouldn’t have to spend thirty minutes on a hot, non air-conditioned bus. He speaks less English than I do Italian so the trip was a bit comical. I had my trusty pocket dictionary and Google translate on the ready. We stopped and checked out an interesting art installation on the way.
Next weekend I’m road-tripping to Narni with my friend L’aura where we’re staying in an old monastery in the town C.S. Lewis named his Chronicles after. Narnia, as it was once named, is the geographical center of Italy situated in the hills overlooking the River Nera. I’ve been told it’s a magical place. I can’t wait to visit and take pictures. It will be my first trip to the Umbria region.
I’ll head back to the seaside to visit Kristi and my new friends at Villaggio Dei Pini when I get back from my adventures in Narnia.