Seriously, I would love to go back to Tropea. When we took a trip down to Calabria at the beginning of the summer, we stayed in this famous coastal town known for some of Calabria’s most beautiful beaches. Thanks to some friends, we were able to stay at Villaggio d’Olivara , which was the perfect spot for our family. It was quiet (thankfully we went before the rush of the tourist season) and had an incredible view looking down over the town and the mediterranean blue waters. The villaggio had a great pool as well as a free shuttle to take you to their private beach, fully equipped with umbrellas and kayaks to go on a little adventure if you are up for it.
The old town of Tropea is beautiful and around every corner you can find the red onions that the area is known for. The red onions we buy in Rome all come from this area, too. Spicy food is also very common—especially the famous ‘nduja calabrese, which is sooo good and super spicy!
The best part of the trip, like any good beach vacation in my opinion, is relaxing to the sound of the ocean waves with the sand between your toes and passing the day away with those you love. We had so much fun building sandcastles, splashing in the water, searching for shells and sea glass along the shore, and watching spectacular sunsets each night. These moments spent together, like little grains of sand, are the ones forever etched on my heart.
I think the reason these moments are so resilient in my mind is because they are moments of being still. How often are we truly …. s t i l l ….? We get so bogged down with day-to-day activities and to-do lists that we forget to stop and truly take it in, look deep into the eyes of our spouse, have real conversations with our kids, or look at what God is doing or simply bask in His goodness.
It’s good to take a step back and ponder how we spend our most valued resources. For me, it’s always a good thing when I do a heart check and evaluate these types of things. I’m so thankful for these amazing experiences in Tropea this summer, but these are moments that can and should be happening wherever we call home. As summer comes to a close and autumn seems to be riding in quickly on the cool breeze in the air, my goal is to take more time to slow down, be still, and savor each moment this next season brings.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” — Psalm 46:10