Graceful living in Italy and France...

The smell of jasmine winds its way down our 16th century cobblestone street in Umbria as I step outside to greet the day.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

France bound via ferry from Rome.

After a much longer delay than anticipated ( nearly 2 months), Dan, Francesco, and Arcadio are heading back to le Muguet to put the sparkling touches on her decor. Sadly, several unexpected complications following surgery put Francesco very much under the weather. Here's a note from Dan:

"So we have decided to head to Vers tomorrow after all. To avoid driving we will be taking the ferry from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona, then drive the 3.5 hours north to Vers on Saturday afternoon. This will save me having to drive the usual 16 hour trip by myself and we hope will be a much more restful way to get there than usual. The drive from here to the coast is less than 2 hours and ferry ride is 20 hours but mostly overnight and we, of course, have booked a cabin and a 'berth' for Arcadio in the kat kennel. (He has already been on ferry rides, back & forth from Civitavecchia to Palermo, and we sneaked him into the cabin and he loved it. Watched the white caps all night through the porthole window.)

 Cost is excellent as we have spent around 750-800 round trip before and the ferry, cabin, cat, car totals to 560. We will divide the cost with you (if that is acceptable) so this one way cost for you will be 280. We don't know if we will come back the same way - maybe try going from Marseilles to Corsica, then Corsica to Civitavecchia. (Unfortunately there are no direct ferry routes between mainland France or Italy.) But we think this is a good solution for this driving problem and hope you agree. And it now gets us FINALLY to Le Muguet to sort out things, maybe box a few ears, etc. I will be assembling our travel stuff, including our paints, brushes & stencils, so we can get cracking on our decor ideas!


  1. Happy voyage! Thanks for the great travel ideas. Getting out on the water can be magical.

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  3. I am planning to stay over the weekend by taking ferries to France, as it is a less expensive with prices