It had been over fifty years since I swam in salt water. Brought back memories, and sand in my shorts. Nothing ever changes...
The water was wonderful, warm, inviting, cooling under the hot sun. However, don't allow these idylic conditions to lead you into a false sense of security. I am treading water in this picture, and as you can see, I'm not very far out. The sea floor quickly descends, leaving young children at risk, as well as non or poor swimmers. The waves can also turn you about, and moments later, I was knocked off my feet as I climbed ashore. Twice.
This is not a danger as such, but should be viewed as a consideration when deciding who can babysit little Sandy at the seashore.
These three ladies had a dream, and that was to own a nice hotel in Amantea. They fulfilled their dream, and now own, besides a hotel, a bar, a fantastic restaurant within the hotel itself, and a wonderful pizza/seafood/pasta restaurant just seconds from the beach.
Maria is the kind soul who went out of her way to get fresh figs for my mother-in-law, and presented me with a bottle of their house wine upon our departure. Very kind, very generous.
They did it the southern Italian way, they pooled resources, and worked long, long hours to keep costs down, as well as add their personal touch in dealing with their customers.
The names of these budding entrepreneurs
are: Maria Amoroscoe, Savana Vettri, and Teresa Sesti. If you pay them a visit, say hello from the Italian Canadians who were visiting Carolei in July 2004.
Amantea is a great place to stop, and shake off your worries. Fantastic beaches, a slower pace, and wonderful food.
On one hand you've got water and sand, ten minutes later, you're winding your way through deep valleys along narrow mountain roads.