I’m sorry this update is so late in coming. I’ve had a busy last few days in Rome and just didn’t carve out the time to peck out updates on my phone. I’m in Greece now (more on that soon!) and have a bit of time to do some backfilling! I arrived in Rome in … More Rome

Cinque Terre

The next stop in my travels looking for lizards was Cinque Terre National Park. Cinque Terre is most famous for its five small towns along the rugged coast of north western Italy that were historically connected only by long, steep trails. Nowadays the towns are well connected by land and by sea, but my goal … More Cinque Terre

My new copilot

Well, navigating Europe by myself is a challenge but I’m getting a bit better about it. I no longer spread out the map across the entire front seats and dashboard: Instead I have the aid of this fellow sitting next to me: In all seriousness, this is a post about making things work in the … More My new copilot

Italian food

Up until now I’ve been holding off on going to dinner. I did have a pizza in Mattinata that was delicious but the restaurants along the shore were mostly very expensive and I didn’t feel like walking home from a restaurant at 11. So, now that I’m here in Tremoli I’ve managed to find some … More Italian food

Termoli and Tremiti

After a bit more rigamarole in Foggia I was excited to put that part of Italy behind me and I went straight north to a smaller coastal town called Tremoli. Tremoli is the primary staging ground for ferries to the four Tremiti islands, about an hour off the coast of Italy and, I hoped, somewhat … More Termoli and Tremiti

Car repair

Well I left the Mattinata campground this morning with many a thank you’s! They were really terrific to me, despite the language barrier. The next stop was the Foggia Suzuki dealer and mechanic to get the car fixed up so I can get back on the road! Of course, my phone’s data plan is acting … More Car repair

Camping in Europe

I have a somewhat nostalgic idea of camping from growing up in the wilds of Maine, but nothing I’d seen at a campground in the states prepared me for European camping! As near as I can tell the Europeans, or I should specify, the Italians I’ve met here at Mattinata, view a tent site much … More Camping in Europe


Let me follow up that last post with something quick and fun. I was walking along the beach waiting for restaurants to open (at 8:30!) when I happened along an elderly gentleman fishing for a local restaurant. I sat and watched him for a while and saw him pull in a beautiful octopus and an … More Fishing!