Week One of My COVID-19 Italian Adventure
As soon as the British Government showed signs of relaxing the rule that all arrivals in the UK had to quarantine for fourteen days I booked a flight with British Airways to Verona. I had no idea what to expect on my first COVID flight but I was determined to visit my friends in Madonna di Campiglio in the Trentino region of Italy. After weeks of uncertainty as the government changed its mind about travel corridors and BA cancelled my first flight I was on my way.
COVID Caring Hotel Lorenzetti in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I travelled to the Italian Dolomites and stayed at the Hotel Lorenzetti in Madonna di Campiglio. I wondered how the regulations safeguarding guests in hotels would affect my stay. These included the wearing of face masks, regular use of hand sanitising gel, social distancing, and the end of hotel buffets as we knew them. I felt comfortable and safe – it was just as good as it was before the coronavirus disrupted our lives.
Week Sixteen of Lockdown and My Departure from Dorset
During week sixteen of lockdown due to COVID-19 more shops and businesses re-open in England. The debate about face masks in public places continues. Although the government has now decided masks in public places are a good idea it has not enforced them yet. My stay in Dorset is coming to an end. I am about to start travelling again soon. My first destination will be Italy.
Week Fifteen of Lockdown: A Week of Uncertainty
The British government had promised to make an announcement regarding the lifting of quarantine, against COVID-19, for arrivals in the UK from some low-risk destinations. This announcement was postponed on several occasions. Finally, at the end of the week, a list of quarantine-free destinations for residents in England was made public.
Week Fourteen of Lockdown and Hot Weather Creates a Major Incident
After a peaceful start to week fourteen of lockdown due to COVID-19 we have a spell of hot weather and once again the crowds flock to the beaches in Dorset. As no limit was set on the distance people can travel for a day out people are driving from as far away as the Midlands. Crowded beaches and promenades make it impossible to maintain a social distance. The Sandbanks peninsula is gridlocked for twelve hours as 500,000 descend on the beaches of the peninsula and Bournemouth. After one day of total chaos the government declares a major incident in the area and the emergency services rally round and keep the traffic moving and control the number of visitors.
Week Thirteen of Lockdown and Some Downs and Ups
We are now into week thirteen of lockdown due to the coronavirus. Even though it is the longest time I have stayed in the same place since I started travelling in 1996 it does not feel as though I have been here for three months. I continue to find a mini-adventure every day in my little world. In the big world restrictions are being eased including the opening of non-essential shops. Boris Johnson is painting his private jet red, white and blue and the football season has started again but behind closed doors.
Week Twelve of Lockdown and Goodbye to a New Friend
During week 12 of the lockdown due to the coronavirus a spell of cold weather keeps the crowds away. I continue my early morning walks sprinkled with greetings and short conversations with local residents I am getting to know. Rosemary is absent for a few days as George, her dog, is not well.
Week Eleven of Lockdown and an Invasion of Inflatable Paddle Boards
Week 11 of lockdown and the hot weather continues. The residents of Sandbanks residents are seeking a solution to overflowing rubbish bins, illegal parking and boy racers late into the night. Large flotillas of inflatable paddle boards compete with an increasing number of kite surfers for the small, artificial beach that fringes North Haven Lake, part of Poole Harbour. It is all so normal and hard to believe we are experiencing a coronavirus pandemic
Week Ten of Lockdown and the Siege of Dorset
It is week ten of lockdown in England. As the weather gets hotter so the surge of people to the coast and beauty spots gets out of control. Roads are jammed with traffic, beaches are littered with rubbish and the police are overwhelmed with the drunk and disorderly. Maintaining a social distance is impossible in these circumstances. Did the government relax restrictions in England too soon?
Week Nine of Lockdown – A Second Week of Staying Alert in England
Hot weather and permission to travel an unlimited distance for a day out results in a sudden huge surge in the number of visitors to beaches and beauty spots all over England. Although Scotland and Wales are still under strict lockdown this does not stop people attempting to cross the borders. Social distancing becomes impossible in some places.