A group of elderly grandmothers, aged 70 and above, made their first ever visit to the seaside after spending all their lives in an Alpine village.
The ladies from the Italian mountain village of Daone made a 12-hour coach trip to the Croatian island of Ugljan to tick off this special event
Part of the team documenting the trip, Davide Valentini said: ‘They were like little kids in a way, they were very emotional. They sang during all the trip
‘They played in the water and some of them, the most brave, literally jumped in the sea so it was a pretty intense emotion.’
Now why did this gaggle of excited grandmothers choose a Croatian island instead of their own nation’s famous coastline?
It is because Uglian has the same patron saint as their home village of Daone – Madonna in the Snow.
One of the youngest ladies on the trip, aged 73, Iolanda Pellizzari was reported by the BBC saying: ‘As I saw the sea, the first thing I wanted to do was to put my foot in the water.
‘I’m not able to swim, but I felt a great sense of liberation.’
The women had wanted to visit the sea for years but were unable to afford it until they crowdfunded the trip.
They are determined to send a postcard to all their sponsors.
Let’s hope next on their list is bungee jumping.