taking the party to the beach

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The weather is absolutely gorgeous today, so I took my first trip to the beach in a long while. I’m not one to spend hours under the sun in the summer, but on days like this, there’s no better place in the world.

Of course, I ran into P’s parents on the way and they kept trying to convince me to get in the car so they could take me home (probably feeding me something first). Mamma asked me where I had been, why I had gone down to the Marina (the part of the village on the sea), so I told her the truth.

Nowhere and to do nothing.

The health care clinic? Nope.

The market? Neanche.

They just don’t get the crazy Americana who wanted to wander around the Marina with my camera for an hour or so.

But I know *you* do.

Shall we?

 Turned out it was just Giuseppe and me.
I didn’t know him before today, but he told me that he usually
walks the beach with P’s Zio Antonio.Welcome to life in a small town folks.

Some fishing nets secured on the rocks.

And a final shot of Giuseppe as I made my way back to dry land.

When I got back home, I felt refreshed, energized, and so very alive, and as I write this a few hours later, my face is still warm with Calabrian sun.

I may have to make this a regular thing.


[tags]calabria, beaches, sea, ionian sea, badolato, badolato marina, boats, trees, fishing nets[/tags]

33 Beans of Wisdom to “taking the party to the beach”
  1. Becslifeonline

    Ha ha yeah I joined because I saw it on your site! Thanks for the link 🙂 Great pics of the outdoors! It’s raining heavily with almost gale-force winds here! 🙁 Did you get my email just a few minutes ago???

  2. alexmom

    (sigh) You’re killling me with those fotos!!!! I’m gonna forward them to Bill right now. We need a mid-winter boost. The pix are the perfect remedy for these March blahs…..

  3. T with Honey

    Thank you for taking the party to the beach. It was the perfect dose of sunshine and beauty to help fight off the winter blahs I’m suffering. Oh, and I LOVE the name of your blog.

  4. Ninotchka

    Yes, you do! Beautiful!

  5. J

    What lovely photos. I was out at our local beach with my brood on Saturday. Just the dose of warmth we needed to get us through the last push of winter.

  6. Christine

    God, jealous. My invite’s in the mail right? I thought spring had come, but no Philadelphia will be cold cold cold all week.

  7. meredith

    Wow, you are so right to want to go enjoy a walk, what a beautiful place you live in!

  8. Annika

    Almost identical to what I see every day. Almost. Except for the snow, and the lack of Giuseppes.

  9. -R-


  10. Kimberly

    Breathtaking. I lament my snowed in state even more now, but I’m cheered by having discovered such a lovely blog to delve into.

  11. Paolo


    È una mattina chiara qui in California, ma il ionico sembra molto più bella del pacifico…

    fortunatissima! Certo deve andare regolarmente al mare!

  12. Heidi

    Beautiful pictures!

  13. Kristen

    I am so jealous… I would be there every single day if I lived near by. Great photos…I felt like I was there with you on the walk!

  14. Delina

    Fantastic photos! I wish I’d been there today.

  15. Marmite Breath

    Mamma Mia! How gorgeous is that? I didn’t see that side of Calabria when I was there. I hope you know you’ve made the entire blogosphere jealous with your life!

  16. Anonymous


    Ein was für schönes, einfaches Leben dort in Badolato! Ich erinnere mich an diesen Weg von einem unserer vielen Treks zur Marina. Jene 3 und 1-/2wochen werden gut in meinem Gedächtnis gekennzeichnet und wir hoffen, wieder zu kommen. Tatsächlich sind wir Unterhaltung einer Reise nach Sizilien mit einer Tagesreise mit Badolato und möglicherweise über Nacht, meinen Vetter in Guardia Piemontese zu sehen. Ich informierst du im viel der Zeit, alsoSIND wir in der Lage, du zu treffen und irgendein expresso zusammen zu bluten! Ciao meine Freundin!

  17. J.Doe

    Wow1 wit a beach like that that I’d make walking by the marina a common thing too.
    great pictures.

  18. heather

    Oh am I jealous! Thanks for the gorgeous pics!

  19. cupcake

    La dolce vita, indeed.

    I have to drive two hours to get to an ocean, and once I’m there, my senses are assaulted by sweaty, loud, sand kicking sloths who inevitably sit right next to me and my family.

    I am positively pea green with envy as I look at your photos.

    I enjoy your blog!

  20. Heidi

    Ok, please make this a regular thing so that I can live through you!!!!!

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

  21. Erin

    Loved your pictures!!! I’m so tired of snow out here in cold wintery Canada that I just needed a dose of your sunshine. It’s my dream to be in Italy for an extended period of time one day. Been there once and I loved it, it kind of becomes part of you, doesn’t it? Lucky, lucky girl!!!

  22. Wendy

    Beautiful! I’m adding you to my blogroll and hoping you continue posting pictures of that beautiful contry!

  23. Catherine

    Hey there – thanks for the book recommendation on my blog – I will definetly look that up soon. You mentioned that you’ve been meaning to read “Eat, Pray, Love” – and then I come to your blog and find you’re living in Italy! Now you MUST read it. 🙂

    I lived in Suisse for a year and traveled to Italy as often as I could – what a gorgeous country and culture. I’m jealous. I suppose we aren’t close enough yet for me to schedule a visit? (don’t worry, I’m joking)

    Stop by again if you can – I definetly will.


  24. Aimee

    Sounds like the ideal way to spend time. 🙂

  25. Just Being Me

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love those pictures. How wonderful it is to live so close to such beauty.

  26. LinleyShea

    they really do….
    thanks so much!!

  27. Anonymous

    Hey, the manuscript counter is back! I’m so glad to see it. That beach looks like the perfect place to sit down with a moleskine and a pretty pen. Especially if it clears the cobwebs out of your mind like you said. Beautiful photos! Keep them coming. Oh, and ask P’s parents if they want to adopt me. I’m always hungry and sometimes need a ride home 🙂

  28. Anonymous

    I just read through the other comments and you MUST read Eat, Pray, Love. It was delightful. Besides, the first sentence is: “I wish Giovanni would kiss me.” A first sentence that fun is almost a guarantee (well, not really, but it should be). Frankly, I wish Giovanni would kiss me too. Love the blog (!) and seriously, ask P’s parents about that thing we talked about (the food? the ride home?) – – – Much Love, A

  29. Something...

    You are so lucky to have a beautiful place all to yourself in winter sunshine!
    I do so miss the long long walks at our beach house in Australia in the morning and evenings. Positano is more for sitting than for walking as it takes only about 5 minutes to get from one end of the beach to the other!

  30. BroLo

    It’s pretty nice in Rome these days too. Unfortunately, I cannot walk to the beach.

  31. Waspgoddess

    Oh that sounds wonderful. How I long for spring!

    I too walked along the beach yesterday, but it was blowing near gale-force winds, so the effect wasn’t quite the same. It was rather dramatic though.

  32. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    Stunning photos!

  33. 11.07.2009

    My boyfriend told me that Italians think that those who walk alone are crazy. I told him that’s an absurd conclusion to make just because someone is walking by themselves. It’s done all the time here and no one thinks anyone is crazy for doing that. lol

    That doesn’t surprise me…but I always walk alone, so….

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