In case you hadn’t noticed, for the last two weeks, I took my first vacation from the night show since I started last summer! While I’m super excited to get back on the air with you, I have to share what a fantastic experience I enjoyed over the last 2 weeks.
Earlier this year, my dad retired, and to celebrate, my family went on a 12-day trip to Italy to visit a ton of places he had always wanted to see but just never had the time. It was a vacation of a lifetime, and hopefully it inspires you to take a vacation, big or small, just to refresh your body and mind.
We started out leaving from Newark Airport and flying into Florence, where we spent two days touring the town and a number of museums while staying in a 16th century villa. (We even got to see the infamous David!) Being surrounded by an infinite amount of history is mind-blowing. It is amazing to think people like Michelangelo and da Vinci walked some of these same quaint cobblestone streets.
After that, we visited a number of towns in wine country and beyond, like Cortona, Montepulciano and Montalcino. There were plenty of amazing countryside views and equally – if not more – important, plenty of delicious wines! One day, we had a wine tasting and homemade lunch at a vineyard high atop a beautiful country hill. We had some cured meats, cheeses, jams and homemade pasta with meat sauce. Absolutely phenomenal!
The next stop on our tour was the Amalfi Coast, which was hands down my favorite part of the trip. After taking a train from Arezzo to Naples, our tour guide picked us up from the station and began driving along the coast. While I loved the history, architecture, culture, museums (and food!) leading up to this stop, the winding roads and towns built on the cliffs overlooking the clear blue water offered some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. One day, we had a boat tour of the surrounding islands, including Capri, enjoyed some champagne and fruit on the water and went swimming in the sea.
Before coming home, we had one more stop – one of the most famous, historic cities in the country: Rome. Granted, we had been out an about for ten full days before reaching Rome, so if I said I wasn’t tired at all, I’d be lying! After checking into the hotel, we went on an expansive tour of the Vatican and then headed off to dinner at a lovely restaurant in downtown Rome, where we had the best antipasti I will ever have in my life! Cantaloupe, meatballs, pickled eggplant, grilled zucchini, assorted meats and cheeses… Ah! And that wasn’t even dinner! The main course consisted of gnocchi in an arrabiata sauce, and boy, did it go well with some red wine!
The next day, we finished up with a walking tour of the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum before enjoying our last night in Italy and packing up to head to the airport the next morning.
After we touched down following a 9-hour plane ride, one of the first stops I made was the Magic studios because it’s so true – vacations really do make you appreciate you coming home! All weekend long, I was able to catch up with friends, share stories, show pictures and enjoy a ton of laughs. All in all, a fantastic vacation and an equally amazing “welcome home weekend!” Most importantly, I’m extremely grateful to be back on the air with you on Magic 98.3!
If you haven’t planned a vacation yet this summer, by all means, do it! It doesn’t have to be to Europe or even outside of New Jersey! Just make sure to give yourself some time to rest and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. You’ll be glad you did.
And, a bonus for you… Keep listening to Magic 98.3 – coming soon, we’ll be giving you a chance to get away! Details to come!