Thursday, 22 September 2011

magical ischia

well, WHAT a holiday.
there are so many highlights and those of you who know me in real life will have had the full details! ♥ ♥ ♥

here are some of the most memorable ones...

meeting some of raffaele’s family and, in particular, his 92-year-old nonna who was ever so sweet and it’s amazing how you’re able to form relationships with people with only smiles, hand gestures, kisses and a few words of italian. although raffaele was chief translator, the family spoke italian constantly to me and, within two weeks, my knowledge had gone from 3 to almost 100 words. SO motivated to learn this beautiful language.

sailing with raffaele off maronti. deep belly laughs from me even when i ended up in the water (twice). can't wait to do it again.

whizzing round the island on the back of the bike. just thrilling.

this is pretty much what it was like except on a smaller scale (and faster!). next time i’ll make my own video.

(for some annoying reason, i can't embed the youtube footage like i normally do so just click here to see the video).

bathing in the natural hot-water springs at sorgeto in the light of the moon. i don’t have any photos but this video shows what it’s like.

espresso (made by raffaele) or cafe crema at the beach (also known as cafe del nonno).


the food, obviously. most of the time i was too busy savouring it to capture it on film. we generally ate very simply and the tastes are still so vivid in my mind.

and, if you're still reading (since i still can't work out how to get links to open in a new page), you can view the rest of my holiday pictures here on flickr.

i am so excited at the thought of spending future holidays there. plus next time we’ll have to visit all the places we never got around to this time (capri, pompei and naples). there was just too much to explore on ischia. it really is the most wonderful place and this holiday was *exactly* what i needed.


  1. The holiday looks amazing and it sounds like there will be more photos in the future! Brilliant. xxx

  2. It looks and sounds perfect! How incredible to get such a personal tour!

  3. Love the blog! Ischia is amazing...My father is from there and i visit when i can to see family, friends and of course enjoy the beautiful scenery. your photos did a great job in capturing just what ischia is all about- food, sun, relaxation and the wise... i caught a case of the goosebumps!
    Good luck with the phD process & future!