Thursday, 17 July 2008

I'm officially Italian! Now off to Spain

I received word this morning that my Italian passport has arrived. At long last, after a year’s worth of hard work, I've had my Italian citizenship officially recognized. In theory I’ve been an Italian citizen all along (I got it through my great grandfather) but now I finally have an Italian passport. It feels very good! Now on to the next step. Although what that is I’m not quite sure!

It’s an odd day to get this news, coming as it does right as I’m preparing to fly to Barcelona tonight for a 10 day road trip from Spain to Provence. As you can imagine I have lots to do so I don’t even really have time to think about this development. I’ll probably have a little celebratory dinner at the beginning of August when I get back. I know lots of people will be glad to hear this news, especially my grandmother who did so much work making this happen.

I’ll try to file some blogs while I’m on my trip with my observations. I’m going with three friends from London (all with different nationalities which is exciting). We’re going to be in Barcelona for four days, then we’re renting a car and driving up the coast, hitting Montpellier, Arles, Avignon, Aix-En-Provence, Marseille, Cannes, Nice and Monaco. It should be a lot of fun, I’ve never been to any of these places before. I’m particularly curious to see the South of France, as to date the only place I’ve been in France is Paris, and I have mixed feelings about that city mostly due to the people in it! I’ve heard people in Southern France are very different, so we shall see.

This trip will give me some time to reflect on what comes next, and I think it will be easier to come to a good conclusion about that while I'm outside London.


Jon Worth said...

You'll have fun in that part of France - much more laid back than Paris!

If you have the time take the coast road from Figueras via Llanca, Port Bou, Banyuls towards Perpignan on the French side. It's a bit windy and slow but the views are good, and there are plenty of nice small towns with bays where you can swim.

When you're in Montpellier take a small trip west to Sète on the coast for excellent seafood and a brilliant street market on Wednesday mornings. Inland a bit from Montpellier the gorges around Pont du Diable are pleasant if you have the time.

Loulou said...

You will find that the people in the south of France are very friendly. Not to worry.
Enjoy your trip!