And just when it was going so well.
At the start of the month I woke up in the middle of the night shivering in a northern Italian hotel room.
After three years of sidestepping COVID, it finally caught up with me. This wasn't how I had planned to start my third week of Italian spa town pampering!
But first the numbers.
Reporting Days: 31
Isolation Days: 5
Location: Italy & Oxford
Miles Walked: 152
Miles Driven: 149
Miles Trained: 740
Photographs Taken: Hundreds
Room with a View
Italian rules, after testing positive for COVID, say stay put for 5 days, then wear a mask wherever possible for the next five. To which I would add, make sure you are staying in a nice bright hotel room with enough space to walk up and down, good room service, a sunny balcony and a decent view. And a phone with a good collection of audiobooks.
|Balcony View, Boario Terme|
And no matter how good the view - it was good to get released and do a couple of short walks before heading back (by train!) to Oxford (via Milan, Zurich, Paris & London).
|Waterfall on the River Dezzo, Boario|
|Back to the Old Montecchio Bridge over the River Oglio|
Springtime in Oxford
Having fast forwarded through Spring as we arrived in Italy last month - it was almost a surprise to find that it was still Spring back in Oxford, with bluebells still out in force and early orchids still around.
|Lots of Bluebells|
|Early Marsh Orchids|
|Miniature Garden, Fence Post Version|