Tuesday, 6 August 2013

{Italia: Let's Go To The Beach}

Not long after my graduation, with an empty summer of job hunting stretched out before me like a dusty desert road, I did something impulsive. After mere minutes contemplating various bargain flight websites, I booked a getaway to Italy. My best friend Annie is spending the summer out there with her Neapolitan boyfriend, and had been pressing me to jump on a plane and come out. So, I did!


After an overnight stop-off in Naples, we jumped in a car and headed down the coast to Praia a Mare, in Calabria. We made a slight detour so I could try the best mozzarella in Italy, but that's a story for another post. Arriving in the late evening, I was pleasantly surprised by the lingering heat and we wasted no time in jumping in the sea.








As the sun set on my first evening in Calabria, I drifted off to sleep on the beach - so warm & content was I feeling. I could only be woken from my peaceful slumber with the offer of fresh Italian food & sparkling wine!



The following morning we spent a lazy few hours waking up & shaking last night's revelry from our bones. After a croissant (or two), we hopped back in the car and coasted down the long and windy road to the beach. Now the benefit of staying with a local Italian is that they take you off the beaten track. We marched straight past the swarms of people struggling for space on the main beach.  


To get to this paradise, we had to scale several rocks and climb up rickety stairs onto a sheer cliff face and through a tiny rock tunnel - but my god it was worth the sweat & tears! Technically, you are not supposed to swim here due to falling boulders. However, potential sudden death is the price to pay for glittering water so clean you can see your feet struggling to touch the bottom. 



Once we'd arrived, Annie & I decided we wouldn't ever be leaving this secret little haven, or at least until we'd caught up on all our gossip & got a decent tan.




We jumped off rocks, swam out to the secret coves and let the salty fresh water keep us afloat as we closed our eyes and basked in the afternoon sun. Fun in the sun with good friends was worth every penny of the air fare.




Every evening in Calabria was spent watching the free show that the skies put on for us - guaranteed spectacular sunsets. Fresh from the shower, watching the sun go down with a glass of something bubbly quickly became my favourite Italian pastime. 


Be sure to check back tomorrow for mouth-watering details of all the food Italia has to offer!

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