Well, after a wonderful week in Italy, it’s back to reality. I will soon post some pics of the wonderful things that Christina and I saw during our stay. We’ve toured Sorrento, walked the streets of Pompeii, taken the chair-lift to the top of the Isle of Capri, scoured the unbelievable beauty of the Amalfi Coast, and , yes, stood on the edge of the volcanic crater of Mount Vesuvius that threatens the lives of 3 million people in Naples. It erupts normally about every 20 years or so, but it hasn’t had a blow since 1944, so a big one is expected soon.
The wine and food are outstanding, but for me, it is the Italian people who make Italy such an incredible place to be. They live totally in the present. They drive their vehicles in an appallingly dangerous manner that has to be seen to be believed. 3 persons on 1 motorcycle, fathers driving with a baby on their lap, huge coaches teetering over sheer drops as they make 3 point turns on hairpin bends with 1000 feet to fall.
However, they must be one of the most genuine people on the planet. Helpful to an incredible degree, they smile as soon as one attempts to speak a few words of Italian. On Sunday we ventured into the Catholic church in Amalfi, this was during the service too, but no-one was at all put out as we Brits explored around the edges of the great cathedral as the service continued.
One thing I learned about Italians is that they have their priorities in the correct order. Here’s how it was explained to me by a resident of the country:
2. Campania. (The region of Italy in which we stayed.)
4. Their religion.
What do you think? I think that they have it right. Family first, then their local area, next their country and finally the Catholic church. No wonder their kids are so secure!