Friday, 19 June 2009

What I've been up too.

I've had a whole stack of stuff to do of late not the least of which was a trip to Italy to check out the venue for mine and Kims up and coming wedding.

The area is called Maratea and it is about 2-3 hours drive south of Naples. Whilst being absolutely beautiful it is a bit of a mission to get to as the Italians seem to have a grand idea about fixing the entire motorway system all at once and subsequently don't fix any of it. It stays in a constant state of semi-repair.

What should've been a simple drive to and from Maratea ended up being a case of sitting in traffic for several hours each way. Still it didn't detract from the experience of being there.

One of the main 'icons' of Maratea is Il Cristo Redentore - These are all taken on a mountain overlooking the coast under a statue called Cristo Redentore - this is the second largest 'Christ the Redeemer' statue after the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This one stands at 21.23 metres with a 19 metre arm span. The Rio one is 34.20 metres and 40.44 Metres on it's pedestal.

Kim standing in front of Cristo Redentore (Christ the Redeemer)

It's situated on the top of a very high part of the coast and as such it has a brilliant view. Getting there was a whole other experience as for some very strange reason the road to get there wasn't on our Garmin Satnav. Still we eventually found our way there and it really was worth it.

Looking South down the West coast of Italy
Looking up at Cristo Redentore
Looking North up the West coast of Italy
Kim checking out the view
Me in front of Cristo Redentore - taken by Kim.

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