Tropea, Calabria, Italy

Tropea, Calabria, Italy

I've been there. Amazing diving and snorkeling, amazing food, I would kill for the tomatoes alone. Watch the sun set with the smoke rising from the Stromboli volcano.

Downsides: Pebble beaches get so hot you burn your feet.

Definitely going back there when my kids are old enough to dive.

Man I could really use some holidays

Posting pictures from Italy is cheating.

It is a crucial element of modern life to feel that travel and holidays are necessary. ‘I need a holiday’ is the surest reflection of a modern discourse based on the idea that people’s physical and mental health will be restored if only they can ‘get away’ from time to time.

John Urry - The Tourist Gaze

It's saying that anyone who regularly "needs a holiday" should pay more attention to their day-to-day and reducing stress/increaskng happiness there, rather than burning themselves out until they can take a holiday in an unhealthy cycle. It's fine to want a holiday, and I think the quote is a bit harsh because a lot of people substitute the word want for need but that's what it is.

Flights ... $1200+ .. masturbate furiously then nap

I literally have a raging boner right now.

frantically checks for flights

Italy pics should be banned from this sub. It's cheating! No one can compete with Italy!

I don't understand this quote at all. Is it saying wanting not to work is a modern thing and not innately human? Is it saying that wanting to enjoy different, exotic, and beautiful things is a modern thing and not innately human?

So there's more than red onions

Croatia, France, Greece, and parts of the U.K. were all part of Rome and therefore rightfully Italian.

irredentism intensifies

Maybe I shouldn't have watched this documentary about coastal erosion yesterday... makes me all uneasy...

Yeah but what about Gary, Indiana?

Can confirm terroni everywhere and it's very dangerous, the last time I was there they almost killed me with their overabundant meals

Good bye Timmy, your weak legs will be of little use in the field.

$120 from here. Still too much.

Fun fact

"fun"

Around £30 here, which is about $40

not our fault we have a good looking country.

I'm not from Tropea but still 100% italian and, just by case, we (me and my family) just finished our yearly production of tomato sauce. Tropea is mostly famous for its onions.

Fun fact: This is an earthquake zone, and when a cliff in this region goes, it tends to go in a huge massive collapse. In 1783, an earthquake made a line of cliffs cut loose at Scilla, ~25 miles south of Tropea, and created a tsunami that killed 1500 people on a beach a mile away where they'd been sheltering from the previous day's earthquake.

You should go!

I've heard is full or terrones but i dunno

Actually it's partially your fault. The vast amount of nice monuments, buildings and art contributes towards said beauty, IMO.

God bless Ryanair.

Copy/pasted from http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2015/09/04/the-fisherman-and-the-businessman/

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?” The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.” “Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished. “This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said. The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?” The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.” The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman. “I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.” The fisherman continues, “And after that?” The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.” The fisherman asks, “And after that?” The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!” The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”

Sounds like you need to let someone go.

for real, visiting the continent has become super cheap

bless easyjet too

hot summer day

Still waiting for that day, anytime now.

I think the quote is a bit harsh

Not knowing the context, I read it more as tongue in cheek with some underlying wisdom about the extreme side of needing to work really hard to be able to afford a holiday.

A bit like the joke about the fisherman and the economics.

make reissanance great again

Stromboli volcano.

Sounds delicious

things like the metric system

One fisherman and economics joke plz

£17 to go to Greece or Spain the other day. Mental.

Damn that sea looks inviting on hot summer day.

Cool, I'll be flying there on Saturday. Didn't realize how beautiful it is.

It's Tropea, not Milan.

let's not forget switzerland, egypt and anything that touches the mediterrain Sea.

I have 3 kids and I am responsible for another person that doesn't work and also has a child. I'm not good at saving

Certain parts of Greece can if i understand correctly

I hope your situation will improve

Love Calabria. It's really beautiful.

I will never be able to afford to see this beautiful place and it makes me sad

Dude! Croatia, France, Greece, parts of UK!

Actually we neither call it nor make it. We make Calzoni but that's it.

Can't be civilization, it's Calabria.

pizza arrotolata volcano it is then

Well, the problem really does exist. There is no i frastructure to support the numbers of migrants they get every day, and it seems like the money us never enough. It's probably a combination of bad administration of money and an overlooking of the problem from the higher-ups, is my guess. It's really a big problem honestly, especially because we are not giving these people a way to start a new life as they hope, since everything is so underfunded/uses the money they have poorly/ the money is stolen by the Mafia

It's a joke, not angsty faux philosophy.

Morocco for £60 next month. God bless them and their horrible 'we've landed, hooray!' music.

This feels overly simplistic.

yeah, but that's murica.

i read it as we've gotten caught up and entrenched in our routine (wake up, work, sleep repeat) that only the other extreme devoid of, probably the work, is our only relief. kind of like how corporate kind of dictates when you can and how much you can relax through PTO.

i guess i can appreciate that. but i think finding ways to selfishly enjoy the day doing things that are important to avoid this mindset. also, i guess it helps while you may not love your job, you are lucky that it can support a lot of your passions outside of it.

I'm so moist that Old and Moist is on their way to the airport.

On ARTE? Was zapping and couldn't stop watching it.

what about 'I want a holiday'?

That's the medieval benedectine monastery (probably IX-Xth Century but restored and rebuilt many times) of Santa Maria dell'Isola (St. Mary of the Island, because that rock used to be an island before the 1783 earthquake).

That's the medieval benedectine monastery (probably IX-Xth Century but restored and rebuilt many times) of (St. Mary of the Island, because that rock used to be an island before the 1783 earthquake).

Bingo! (It's still on their website, if anybody is interested.)

Am Italian, been to Ireland about 20 years ago, still in love, still planning to go back as soon as I can find the time to do it properly (and some travel companions, since all my friends don't care about Ireland cause they suck)

yeah but it could be worse,

he could have been Trump

One of my best travel experiences took place there many years ago. We were driving with another couple through Italy for two weeks, but we were the poor couple, just tagging along because my girlfriend's college friend had just started dating a guy and thought it would be less intense to have us along. We literally didn't have enough money to buy pizza or coffee (I was teaching in Eastern Europe, girlfriend was a student). Before the trip, when we stressed that we were totally broke and couldn't afford it, my girlfriend's friend swore she and her boyfriend would pay for everything.

Anyway, by week two we were sleeping in the open air while they slept in the one small tent (they insisted on taking just one tent and that we could alternate --- which didn't happen). We reached a parking lot below Tropea late in the evening, facing another night of sleeping outside. But fortunately, because we were in the open air below the town, around midnight we noticed the lights up the hill.

Since my girlfriend and I couldn't sleep anyway, we decided to climb up and see what was going on. When we reached the town we were amazed to see that everyone was dressed up, walking around, eating in restaurants, shopping in the shops, just having a great time. It looked like something out of an Italian film, just beautiful. The other couple slept through this whole scene, and by the time we all visited the town the next morning, of course the magic was gone.

Also chili pepper and watermelons

Shouldn't have stripped it from its original context. Urry doesn't really judge or evaluate this way of thinking. But he uses it as one explanation for the immense growth of tourism as an economic sphere. I just think it's interesting how he aknowledges this modern feeling of "needing a holidy", which many of us can relate to.

You don't have to necessarily eat them raw, of course. However the peculiar kind of onions is of a reddish/purple and it's famous for it's sweet flavor. Speaking from experience, it's positively awesome in a rich salad: lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oregano, garlic, salt, EVO oil, seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.), radish, and whatever else you like in it.

If you're against eating them raw, they're quite good if you want to add some sweet-ish flavor to many dishes, from pasta to chicken. Definitely worth a try. But then again, it's really hard to go wrong with Italian food.

Well I started thinking to myself, "How does the fisherman pay taxes? How does he provide clothing for his family? How does he have money to go out drinking with his buddies?" There are more questions than answers here.

irredentism intensifies even further