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Unforgettable Italy

The Innkeepers Abroad

As nearly all of our guests from last summer surely know,  James and I, along with our youngest son, Tom, made an exquisite trip to Italy this past fall.

When I say ‘exquisite’, you know full well that travel is work.  Hard work, in fact, and struggle.  This wasn’t the sort of deal where you handed over your suitcase at the end of the day to some convivial servant, or got swanned around in the latest overland hovercraft.  Nope.  We planned and executed this adventure all by ourselves.  So, ‘exquisite’?  Well….that, I would say, is the take away.  When all the dust is cleared, and you just let yourself ‘feel’ what it is you experienced, why not let the cream rise to the top?


A Week in Tuscany

When I think about Italy, I think about golden light. It floods just about every image I can conjure. I think about faces that mainly smiled, and about people who were mainly very warm and enthusiastic. And about landscapes that stunned one with their beauty.

Tuscany really does look like that.  Whether villages or cities, history and beauty is everywhere, and I long to return.  Sienna, we seem all to agree, went most deeply into our imaginations and into our psyches.  The photo above shows the view from our bedroom window.  We chose a lovely Siennese B&B, and stayed for several days as we explored the city.

Bev in Italy

The villa in the photo above is located just outside of the Tuscan walled city of Lucca.  Another B&B, we had a remarkable stay with extremely friendly locals.  All of this took place at the start of our vacation, and it made it really easy to relax, catch up on sleep, and explore the many hill towns of Tuscany.

Jim in Italy

And here is the Innkeeper himself, James, looking relaxed and happy from a Tuscan rooftop.  We spent our first week in this region, and some of our happiest memories were certainly found here.

Rome. By all means, Rome.

Week two found us in the Eternal City, and what an unbelievable place it is.  Even to eyes accustomed to urban European landscapes, Rome is something else again.  Everywhere you turn, you are left gasping.  History simply surrounds you, and is everywhere underfoot.

It is ancient, but at the same time, stunning and quite clean.  It presents itself so grandly!  There is nothing understated about Rome.


Our third week found us in Sicily, the lovely island found at the tip of the toe.  Sicily was certainly an adventure in itself, and bears its own story telling, so memorable was our time there.

I’ve only just alluded to the actual stories within stories that describe the adventures we had.  If you’d enjoy hearing and seeing more about it, just become a follower of our blog, and we’ll send you our tales.

Until next time.

Awesome Sunset – Vacation Notice

Check out this amazing sunset photo, taken by Sean Davey.  It shows the view from the marina in Cowichan Bay.  This is typical of what we call clear weather sunsets, which we’re lucky enough to be experiencing right now.

We’d also like to say that we’ll soon be away on vacation in Italy,  from October 8th to November 4th.  During that time, the B & B will be closed.  We’ll be blogging about the highlights of our trip, and can’t wait to share what we find (including culinary innovations taken from cooking classes in Tuscany!)

We will still be accepting reservation requests for dates outside of our vacation.