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Geo and Elvira's Adventures
Wednesday May 15 - Tuesday May 21
From what I can tell, for most of the next week, George and Elvira were taken around by my cousin Anna, to visit various points of interest near Avellino, including downtown Salerno, Naples, and back to the Amalfi Coast. George and Elvira also went back to the Caserta area, where they took in both the Royal Palace and the old town of Caserta itself (both places they had visited before). And, of course, a lot of "visiting" - mostly to and by our innumerable cousins, many of which still live in the general Avellino area. Giovanni took them to visit his sailboat moored in a marina near Salerno, and George also took quite a number of trips into downtown Avellino to just wander around, catching up on the points of note relevant to our family (like, for example, the building where the Perugini family lived during the second world war, before it got bombed out).
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Via Mercanti, Salerno
Presepe dipinto di Carotenuto
Salerno Waterfront
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Rainy Cetara
Out of wet, into Pizza
George, Vietri sul Mare
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Anna and ?, Raito
George, Anna and Sandra
Dinner at Gino and Anna's
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Yummy Desserts
Wartime Residence
Main Promenade, Avellino
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Montevergine View
Elvira and Mom
George and Mom
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Royal Palace of Caserta
The Throne Hall
Napolitan Pizza
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Old Caserta
View from Old Caserta
Giovanni's Wish
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Marina D'Arechi
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Visit to ?
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Elvira and Gaetano and wife
Dinner at Carla's
Giovanni, friends and kids
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More Avellino Promenade
Two Cousins
Filomena's reverse bookcase
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Another Dinner at Giovanni's
Sonja and Daughter
Danny's
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Via Toledo, Napoli
Elvira and Castel dell'Ovo
Napolitan Waterfront
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True Margherita Pizzas
Fancy Cafe Sweets
Naples Basilica
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Galleria Umberto I
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Goodbye for now!
And so finally, early on May 21, my mother and my aunt Rosetta had a touching good-bye. Elvira and George then drove with her up to Rome and took a flight (a nearly-missed flight, apparently) directly back to Montreal, Canada. I drove out from Ottawa and met them at the Montreal airport (we had to take my mom out of the secure area for a few hours), where we had dinner and got caught up on what had transpired over the last week. George then asked for (and received) special escort status to bring my mom back through security and to her departure gate for her ultimate destination - Bathurst, NB.

All of the complicated logistics had paid off - we had managed to conduct a pretty successful visit, all told, and as I sit here writing this trip report a few months later, I have a pretty good sense that my mom found it successful, too. And she didn't say no when I floated the idea of doing this again sometime, so.... who knows?

A thousand thanks to my sister Elvira and brother George, who graciously and selflessly agreed to participate and accompany my mom on her trip this year. Much appreciated.

And now, in case you haven't already seen it, here's a four-minute sequence of short video vignettes from our trip:
Icontra i Parenti - Video Vignettes
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