I’m not sure if it is because I stop more often to drink coffee, or for other reasons, but driving times in Italy always take about twice as long as indicated by Google Maps. Despite taking long to do so, we reached the Italian coast close to Piombino, where we met our friends. Luckily, they are Mediterranean folks, so we arrived comparatively early.
We swam in the sea, found a shabby cantina that served excellent panini that filled us for dinner, and I think I managed to knock the kids out despite the blistering heat. The coming week we’ll spend here in one place. We have never camped in one spot for this long. I think this is an excellent place and time to shut down the mind.