Calabria: Southern Italy’s Heartland

Day 22-8 - October 11, 2015 - Sunday - Transfer to Naples; Flight to Paris; Direct to Salt Lake City; Transfer to Denver

The alarm went off at 3:30 am and we had asked for a hotel wake up call but it did not come. The group met for one last time at 4:15 for our shuttle to Naples and the airport. Several others said they had not gotten their call either, but as usual, everyone was on time.

The rain continued but our driver, Luigi had made the trip many times and within 45 minutes we were at the Naples International Airport. There was only one terminal so after we received our boarding passes we went directly to our gate.

The flight was not full and when all the ticketed passengers were in their seats, we were able to take off about ten minutes early. Our flight to Paris was only two and a half hours but the layover was only an hour and twenty minutes so we were happy to leave early.

We read and Gennie was able to take a few photos of the impressive snow covered Alps as we passed over the border of Italy and then over France. Paris was cloaked in a haze, but we could still see the bustling city below.

The Charles de Gaul International Airport is huge and well signed and we found the E Terminal without any problems. Our gate was at the very end of the concourse but they had not begun the boarding process when we arrived.

The flight was called at 9:40 and we settled in for our ten-hour flight to Salt Lake City. Just as we were ready push back from the jet way, the pilot told us they had called the maintenance crew to repair an electrical problem.

Our 10:30 flight took off at 11:20; hopefully, the crew will be able to make up the time as we have another tight layover in Salt Lake.

Because we had not slept well the night before, we snoozed a little. Lunch was served and we tried to get comfortable for the next 10 hours.

The pilot was good on his promise to make up the delay in Paris. We started to worry about making it for our 3:00 flight to Denver. Several of the flight attendants also had 3:00 flights to San Diego and told us not to worry- easy for them to say!

We managed to be one of the first in line to leave the aircraft. A Delta representative got on and told us he had some bad news; the baggage system broke down in Paris and only 20 bags made it on the plane.

Our first stop was at the Global Entry kiosk and then we went right through to the carousels to see if we were two of the few to get bags. No such luck, so we turned in our Global Entry forms and hustled to the gate on the other side of the terminal.

The flight was loading but Delta had notified the crew that we were on our way so they kept the door open for us. Gennie called our son, Eduardo to let him know we were back in the Good Old USA.

Flying from Salt Lake to Denver, one gets a feeling of just how barren that part of the country really is. We touched down in Denver at 4:20 and because we had no bags to collect, we got right on the shuttle to Pikes Peak Parking.

After a quick stop at King Soopers on the way home, we arrived to find our cat, Buddha very happy to see us. Twenty-two days was a long time to be gone and as we always say – we love to travel but getting back to Elephant Rock is always a wonderful feeling.

Thank you for following our Sicily and Calabria adventure. We appreciate your comments and love to have you along for the ride!

We look forward to January when we fly to the end of the world and visit Antarctica, our last continent. Pack your warm clothes; we will be off to visit the King Penguins soon.

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Looks like you had an amazing trip! I loved viewing the pictures and reading your journal entries!

Denise   October 13, 2015 - 9:42am


REID   October 13, 2015 - 6:26am

Welcome home...the Elephant is glad you're home, too...he never forgets☺! Did you get home for 4th qtr. of Broncos game? They've got some work to do if they want to go to Super Bowl! So enjoyed your trip with you. We're in Brit. Columbia, Cda. tonight, sneaking up on you. C'ya soon. KVS

kathy   October 12, 2015 - 10:33pm

Hope your luggage gets there soon. I will be flying into and out of Paris next month and hope I do not have the same problem. Interesting trip, as usual; great photos. Love reading your adventures. Looking forward to Antarctica trip.

Marvin   October 12, 2015 - 7:38pm

It will be so fun to see your smiling faces on the morning walk again. Welcome home. I so enjoy traveling along with you

Joyce   October 12, 2015 - 7:38pm

Welcome home! Wonderful pictures as always.

Dee   October 12, 2015 - 6:23pm

So glad you got home safe and sound!!! And I know your cat was glad to see you as well!!! Elephant Rock can get back to normal for a few months before you take off again. Thanks again for a GREAT time! Take care and if you were here, you could see the changing of the leaves. Pretty here, but rain threatens us and the leaves will be gone. Hug each other for me - Blessings

Pat   October 12, 2015 - 5:30pm

Loved this trip, had done much of it some years ago, but think you saw more than we did. Loved that area.

Sylvia Emmons   October 12, 2015 - 4:05pm

Your neighbors of Elephant Rock welcome you home.

Lindy   October 12, 2015 - 3:31pm
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