Madonna and child in the bows of an old boat at the marina
Having spent a relaxing few days at Montalto Marina and returned to Rome I parked up once again in the Il Sassone sosta. Some nights I spent in the motorhome others at Niki's, looking after her animals while she was away working.
I was about to leave Il Sassone one morning to get some groceries when friends turned up in their motorhome. They live not far away but had let friends from America stay at their house for a week and so were going to spend the week at the sosta. It was good to see them and over the next few days we relaxed, took meals together and generally caught up on all the news.
Time flew by and before I new it I had spent three weeks in Il Sassone, time to make a move. The weather had been and continued to be perfect. Hot sunny days with clear blue skies and only a light breeze, it seemed more like spring than autumn. With no particular plans in mind I decided to return on my own to Montalto for a few more days and looked forward to relaxing by the sea. I was surprised to see so many motorhomes and campers parked up. The main Italian holiday season has been over for a few weeks, but the 40 or so campers were made up mostly of Germans and Italians, I was the only English motorhome, not really that surprising as you don't see that many in Italy especially at this time of the year. Too far and too expensive most say, pity they are missing so much. A couple of French vans and a Spanish one made up the numbers.
I enjoyed walking along the nearly deserted beach, walking in the surf which felt warm as it splashed my legs. Most of the beach front bars were either closed or closing for the winter, only a few will remain open during the winter months along with one or two restaurants. The umberellas and sun beds were slowly being removed and stored away.
I spoke to Niki on the phone, her mother was due to have an operation on October 10th in England, but it seems it's been brought forward to the 4th. Niki wants to be with her, she is 88 so operations are always a worry. Niki hates flying, I suggested maybe we could go together in the motorhome, it would take a few days but that wouldn't be too much of a problem. We've agreed to meet up and see what we can sort out, so maybe I'll be back in England soon, only for a short while though as I plan to go to Morocco for the winter.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life. I have been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle for many years traveling in a camper van or touring by bicycle or on foot. I also have a caravan to live in which is based in England for when I am not on my travels.