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MY ITALIAN VACATION
DAY 1This was the most exhausting day of my life. The 24 hours of travelling felt more like 100. I read some of Anna and the French Kiss before giving up and listening to the beautiful voice of Darren Criss aka Blaine aka Hot Gay Guy from Glee. I kept on giggling at everything so either everything was really funny or I was really delusional. Total sleep out of 24 hours = 2 hours.
|Gorgeous Dubai Airport|
After the long connection in Dubai, we jumped on the plane to Italy. HELLO hot flight attendant. I'm so gutted that I don't have a picture to show you guys! A new system between us girls was created in honour of him. FA = hot guy. Good code.
DAY 2I saw the Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. There was no sitting down for over 12 hours.
|Vatican City - Day before Easter|
Italy is littered with hot guys, just FYI. If you're lucky, you'll see senior high school students who look over 20 in sexy suit uniforms. My goodness. Where's my bib?
DAY 3I saw the Colosseum today! Absolutely gorgeous and massive. We unfortunately got the annoying tour guide from yesterday again so it was very drawn out and tiring!
"Come take a picture with me, ladies!" - One girl went to take a picture with him. He wanted one on his phone also. I don't think so!
"Hottie, hottie. I wanna be naughty!" - Creep. Not walking by you ever again...
"No, I want to hug a girl!" - After getting a hug from one of the guys, he pounces and hugs one of the girls. Glad this was our last night in Rome!
DAY 4Finally left Rome and went to Sorrento! The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Big ocean, natural cliffs, gorgeous resorts… LOVE IT! Did I mention that my hotel room had a great view...of the ocean and the SHIRTLESS GUYS PLAYING SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL ON THE BEACH? *wink*
|View of Sorrento from coach|
|Hotel room view|
|Hotel Room View|
A few interesting things that day. Walking up and down a billion hills trying to find the hotel, being a witness to disgusting PDA on the beach under our hotel room (Don't. Even. Ask.) and being invited to play soccer with random guys on the beach late at night.
DAY 5I went to Pompeii! I didn't get to see all of it but it was great, even though it was absolutely freezing and drizzled a little. Great little stalls outside filled with souvenirs and jewellery. The guys all asked if I was American and one woman said I looked Italian. That was interesting…….
DAY 6Left Sorrento early in the morning and went to stay overnight in Orvietto, which is a short distance from Florence, at this really nice farmhouse. Had the most amazing dinner after being able to make our own pasta.
Checked out a medieval town on the way there. Got to see this little gem!
Because of the long walk to and from the main house in the night and morning, I ended up with a fever because of the freezing temperatures (we're up very high) and lack of heat.
DAY 7I don't know what happened today, other than arriving in Florence. I was absolutely miserable with my fever. Not a good day at all. I did finally get the internet though so it was nice making some contact with friends and family. Also ate this waffle/gelato thing. Delish. Italians don't skimp on the gelato. You order the smallest cup or cone and they absolutely load it - unbelievably so! You can choose a ton of flavours too. Food heaven!
DAY 8Fever receded after a good night's sleep. Also went to the Uffizi Gallery to see many paintings and sculptures. We got to see the Birth of Venus which was great! No pictures unfortunately. It would've been hilarious if I'd taken a picture of all of the male appendages in that building though.
DAY 9It was White Night (Notte Bianca) that day which is an arts celebration that runs all day and night. You visit all of the piazzas and there's a ton of entertainment! Plus, most shops stay open all nigh and there's free entry to some museums and gallieries. That was an enjoyable day.
|Carousel I felt the urge to ride but didn't|
DAY 10Finally was able to shop at the famous Florence markets. Didn't get to see all of it but what we did see was great. Scored some leather and jewellery!
DAY 11Took a bullet train from Florence to Venice. I'd just like to say that the bathroom in my hotel room was stunning. I was so happy to get a nice one since I'm kind of nuts when it comes to clean showers. That night, we celebrated a birthday (a string quartet played Happy Birthday for the girl!) before going to see Venezia, a play, which was pretty good.
|The show had moving projections on all walls|
DAY 12I was able to visit two well known islands today - Murano and Burano. The former specialises in making glass products and the former in lace. Lots of shopping was done! Also went on an amazing gondola ride. The man sang to us! :)
I had one day to spend in Milan. No shopping, would you believe? But I did get to see The Last Supper which was great. Tour guide thought we were uninterested but what did she expect? We were dead tired and starving!
This was my last night in Italy. Sad to go back to the real world but excited to get back to my things and people! Had a great celebration and sleep in the next day!
DAY 14Headed to the airport at 11am Thursday and got to Perth at 8pm Friday. The flight seemed shorter than the one to Italy since I got to sleep, even though times were all screwed up and it was about 5am when I did so! Two weeks just flew by. Great vacation. Great experience. Will definitely be returning to Florence, Venice and Milan in the future!
CONCLUSIONWho knows if that all made sense but too bad. It's 6:30am and I haven't slept yet. Blame the darn time difference which I haven't gotten used to yet. Or my 3pm wake up today......
Hope that wasn't too boring. No pictures of me in this recap because 1) They're all on other people's cameras 2) I don't like the idea of plastering pictures of me all over the net
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