We just got some news from our colleague Andrew, who is back in Europe visiting his family and enjoying sites without the crowds.
“After 2 weeks of quarantine, we are now free to wander. The 2 weeks were not hard to pass when you have relatives and friends coming to visit you all the time, delicious food cooked by your family, and a lovely pool to kill the heat of the day.
The flight experience was curious and very emotional. It was a shock to see empty terminals and planes. Despite all my years in the industry, I have never experienced something like this.Empty terminals, empty flights, it was not hard at all to maintain social distancing. My family and I felt very safe as a result of the precaution taken by airport authorities to limit contact with strangers. I would actually say that I have never traveled in such a clean environment.
We flew Calgary to Toronto, on WestJet with 90 people on board. We connected Toronto to Rome with Air Canada and the flight had only 50 people onboard. Clearly passenger volumes have dropped.
We spent our first day outside of quarantine eating a lot of ice-cream and visiting the St. Callisto Catacombs, a fantastic archaeological site dating back to the 3rd century AD. It has been an eye-opener to see sites without the usual crowds of people.
We are now resting and spending time inside, eating fish at my father’s place. We will soon be out again walking through the romantic and narrow streets of the eternal city. We plan to go out for dinner tonight to a nearby Pizzeria. We shall drink a glass of fresh Prosecco thinking about you.
Now that we are out of quarantine, finally, our vacation can start. On our agenda, some shopping tomorrow, Sardinia island for a week, a weekend in Naples, and Ischia Island (Capri’s sister island, google it you will be amazed).
Happy sunny days to everyone! I will be back in August and will be happy to help you plan your future travels.
Ciao for now”