2022 – We’re Loud Music Festival, Amalfi Coast, Thessaloniki, Athens
We start our journey in Ballina with a flight to Melbourne, overnight in Melbourne at a Best Western we arrive at 10pm – hotels restaurant is closed & pretty much all of the food delivery place have shut – so instant noodles out of a vending machine is the first meal of the trip – didn’t bode well! The flight next day from Melbourne to Rome was uneventful, if not long. We arrive in Rome at 6am and have arranged for an early check with Best Western at Rome airport – our pre-arranged 7am checkin turns into a 4 hour wait in reception till our room is finally ready – think I might give Best Western a miss for while!
Next day a 10am flight to Venice and the water bus to the pier just near our accommodation – we booked most of our accommodation via Booking.com as there is no need to pay in advance & you can fairly easily cancel if things go askew – anyhow our “Romantic views over Venice” apartment has a spa bath…. thats does not work, free wi-fi….. that does not work, and the romantic view…. a brick wall – undeterred we finally start our holiday.
Saturday morning we move via water bus to a large campground, not on the Venice islands but on the mainland near the large shipping port – we get a cute little self contained cabin with everything we needed and a great little shop for supplies. One of the best things we bought with us was an AeroPress Coffee maker – makes a mean cuppa and packs away very small.
After settling in we wander up to the local bar and spot a few people from the previous night – we also catch up with an old friend Bone from Amsterdam who’s band is playing tonite – when the band toured Aust (at that time a 2 piece) they came and stayed at our place for a few days & we have hung out with Bone several time on our overseas musical jaunts – a great guitarist, artist and a great guy.
Our accomodation is nice whitewashed hotel, typical of the Mediterranean islands, it’s off season so a lot of the hotels are closed so we pretty much have the island to ourselves. Turns out, for some reason, we have been assigned an apartment 10 mins walk away from the main building – we head down in a van with one of the hotel guys and another couple – turns out we are to share this apartment with the other couple who we had not met – after a brief intro, a few drinks and our introducing them to the wonders of our AeroPress coffee machine we become fast friends with Daphne & Julien from Belgium.
We walk about 5 mins to this amazing outdoor venue – a big bar, small stage , dance floor and lots of big outdoor lounges. The bands, ADA ODO and THE OKMONIKS start playing and soon its obvious that there are more than just the 50 Were Loud travellers, we are joined by about another 30 or so residents and guests from the island – many of who dance with us all night. I buy this old bloke a beer and found out the next day he was the owner of the venue – the bugger didn’t shout me one back though! Fantastic night – another 3am’er.
1- Waiting for the bus in Lucera, 2- Festival organisers Pete & Eunice with Serena, 3- our large Naples bathroom, 4- new pals Stacy & Jim from Minnesota,
5- Naples suburbs, 6- ever present My Vesuvius, 7- did I mention the pizza was good?