With just a couple of days to go before taking the ferry to Civitavecchia I set off from Peniscola to Barcelona. I’d arranged to meet up with friends in Caldes d’Estrac, a town approximately 30 kilometres north of Barcelona, where I arrived at 6 pm on Monday 5th. After meeting up with my friends we went into the town centre for something to eat and drink. I’d managed to park the van in the town centre car park where the police had said it would be safe and that I could sleep in it. After pleasant evening I returned to the van and slept well.
Tuesday the 6th of January was a public holiday and the town was quiet. I took a walk along the beachfront, which was bathed in sunshine, although it was only 15°C. I spent the ret of the day with friends, eating, drinking, chatting and listening to music; another relaxing day, topped off by staying with my friends in their Bed & Breakfast hotel.
I left Caldes d’Estrac mid afternoon on the 7th and made my way to the ferry terminal in Barcelona. I was booked onto the “Cruise Roma” ship leaving at 22:15. Once in my cabin I settled down to a good nights sleep, the sea was very calm, it was a super trip which arrived in Civitavecchia a little later than scheduled. It took me an hour and a half to drive to the Castelli area, 25 kilometres southeast of Roma, where I’ll be staying until I leave for Australia on the 20th January.
Over the past couple of days I’ve been getting ready for OZ, preparing the van in case it freezes while I’m away and doing some shopping. A favourite place to have lunch is a roadside food stall parked on the road leading alongside Lake Albano, where the Pope has his summer residence. Sitting in the sunshine with a tasty sandwich and a small bottle of wine is always enjoyable.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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