New Horizons - A Fresh Start in Italy

An inspirational story about how your life can change

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Many people will know what it feels like to be stuck in a rut, with no obvious way of resolving your problems or changing your life. My wife and I found ourselves in that position and made a decision that was to change our lives dramatically for the better. ‘New Horizons’ is about how we set about achieving that change. The book starts as we set off, on our own, in a small sailing boat, down the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain and Portugal, before passing through the Strait of Gibraltar and crossing the Mediterranean Sea to the French Riviera. Finally, after six months of adventures, we cross the border into Italy and a new life.

After spending the winter in Tuscany, we set off around the Italian island of Sardinia, where we describe a magical summer, spent in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We return to Tuscany for another memorable winter before setting off down the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, hopping from island to island, and visiting some of the most iconic destinations in Italy. Having arrived in the enchanting town of Tropea, the 'Jewel of the South', we leave the Tyrrhenian coast and set sail for Sicily, where we experience the very best, and the very worst that the island has to offer. Having survived pirates, volcanoes and whirlpools, we return to the safety of Tropea and a different kind of future.

Our Great Escape

The dramatic and rocky coastline of Brittany

Islands and rivers of Atlantic France

La Coruña and Finisterre in Atlantic Spain

The historic grandeur of Lisbon

The towering majesty of Cape St. Vincent

Cadiz, Trafalgar and the Strait of Gibraltar

The sultry Costas of Southern Spain

The luxurious playground of the French Riviera

Italy - Our New Home

A Magical Summer in Sardinia

Crystal clear water and wall-to-wall sunshine

The most spectacular religious procession in the world

Flamingos, pilot whales and dolphins up close and personal

Birthday celebrations for a tree

A fascinating cast of entertaining characters

A millionaire and his Russian bride

A body builder who’s trunks don’t fit

A ‘Southern Belle’ from Georgia

Lost in the wilderness and a shower next to some Roman ruins

The Tyrrhenian Coast

Napoleon, Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago

Michelangelo, Ancient Rome and Ostia

Accordions and bagpipes in Anzio

Riding out a storm in Ponza

An intact Roman harbour in Ventotene

The unique beauty of Ischia, Procida and Capri

Fear of kidnap in Naples

Superyachts and rescues on the Amalfi Coast

An enchanted castle in Tropea

Sicily and Beyond

Swordfish and volcanic springs in the Aeolian Islands

Cefalù, Palermo, a Sicilian bride and Padre Pio

Garibaldi's Gate, Marsala and the Aegadian Islands

Southern Sicily, pirates and Siracusa

The ancient splendour of Ortigia and Taormina

The Baroque masterpices of Ragusa, Modica and Noto

Mount Etna and the whirlpools of Messina

Scylla and Charybdis - In the footsteps of Odysseus

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