Firstly, this is a very important post!!! It’s my 80th post, and as of publishing it, my blog views are at 5,000since I began this joyous thing in April this year. My comment box is also on a nice and even number… but that one’s a secret ;]
Lots of whole numbers… feels good. :p
But that’s beside the point… onto Italia (technically a continuation of these two posts here and here)!
The last part of my Summer holidays was spent in the North of Italy. Two nights at Menaggio, Lago di Como (Lake Como) and then the latter three in Venice, the city of Canals. What a grand finish to a holiday that was… bellissimo. :]
Whilst in Menaggio, we met a lovely english couple and a bunch of backpackers who wanted to stay at the cheapest, yet incredibly comfortable, accommodation in town. The only hostel in the area, Menaggio Hostel was somewhere that I’d seriously recommend!
On the first day we went for a hike through the national park that borders Italy and Switzerland… such a strange thing to say… and we went to a trout farm nestled in an old farming valley. Made fresh… I’m certain the fish is killed as it’s ordered, the food was prima and I couldn’t go past the trout and cream pasta. :] Nom nom nom! I also admired the smoked ham from the region… was rather… smoky. Haha. Quite yummy. :]
Later that evening we headed to a pub at the ferry port… and let me tell you, when you think pub, in Italy it’s a whole different thing! Sure enough live music and what not… but do pubs serve buckets of fresh mussels, fish platters the size of your table or pasta dishes as big as your head? No, I don’t think so… so this one was pretty special. The food was delicious and the music was great. Good evening… couldn’t have improved it if I tried. :]
The next day was the final stretch… driving all the way to our camping ground in Venice with a stopover for lunch in Verona, the only Italian city I’d seen prior to these holidays… which is also a personal favourite of mine. :]
Verona, famously known as the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, was beautiful… I’m certain the photos in the gallery below tell it all, but I really enjoyed giving my aunt and uncle a tour of one of Italy’s most romantic cities. Bella to say the least. Whilst there I nibbled on a basil pesto spaghetti and later a delicious gelato! Once again, YUM! Sights we saw included the well-known Casa di Giulietta, Piazza dei Signori, the Ponte Scaligero and the Amphitheatre, all of which were outstanding in their own right.
After relocating our vehicle (swapped in Rome for a shady little Fiat), we piled in and headed off into the sunset… direction Venice. :]
Once there (and after attempting to deal with a dodgy Navi), we did the unspeakable and broke our code of never repeat-dining… a.k.a never dining at the same restaurant more than once. The campsite’s food was cheap as chips and did taste all that bad… plus our waitress was kind of a rockstar. :] The one thing that caused me problems with this campsite wasn’t its popularity and cheap food… it was the fact that Contiki stay here… every time they’re in Venice. Thus, I couldn’t get a wink of sleep with the thumping of the bass all night long.
The next day I struggled out of bed and scoffed down an omelette… much appreciated as well… and we headed into town with the ferry. Over the next two days we explored the entire city, doing a bit of shopping, a lot of eating and walking over many, many bridges. :] We saw all the sights you could possibly think of… If it’s in Venice… we probably saw it. We even saw Peggy Guggenheim’s collection. (I’ve been dying to see the museums since I first took art back in year seven). Shame though we didn’t get to see the Carnevale di Venezia though… wrong time of year. :/ I’ll have to go back for that then ;]
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of a long series of posts that retells my European adventures with my aunt and uncle. :] If you’d like a high five or congratulatory hug, get lost. You don’t get those over the internet. ;] A
Hope you enjoy the photos below.
Lots of Love,
A thoroughly exhausted Ryan!