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Report 104: Navigating with Bob & Ed in Southern Italy--Two Weeks in Sicily and Puglia

By Bob the Navigator from FL, Spring 2000

Trip Description: "This trip was conceived with a different set of objectives. The first was to fill in some of the glaring voids in my trip planning resume; I had never been south of the Amalfi coast and there was a clear need to expand my personal experience. And then there was the guy thing. The biggest planning challenge was convincing our charming brides that they really did not want to spend their time exploring small fishing villages in Sicily or Puglia."

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Puglia, Sicily

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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It was my seventh sojourn into Italy and my sixteenth into various venues of southern Europe, but this trip was conceived with a different set of objectives. The first was to fill in some of the glaring voids in my trip planning resume; I had never been south of the Amalfi coast and there was a clear need to expand my personal experience. And then there was the guy thing. The biggest planning challenge was convincing our charming brides that they really did not want to spend their time exploring small fishing villages in Sicily or Puglia.

Plus, two guys can share the expenses, travel off-season, and not have to be too discerning about the plumbing. It seemed to make good sense to the two Susans ,and so we were off.

Picking the perfect travel partner is a critical part of good trip planning. Ed [No relation to Ed of TWEnJ] is a good friend of twenty years and shares my love of Italia. They had lived in Milan for two years and he speaks the language well, loves to drive fast, and lives to find interesting villages on isolated country roads. What more could you ask?

And, he had just retired from a stressful career and needed some time to try and forget those #@&*+#@ former colleagues. It was a perfect match, so we left my Susan to further validate her role as the reigning Queen of Amelia Island and Ed's Susan to help the builder make crucial decisions on the building of their wonderful new home on Hilton Head. It just all seemed right.

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