Touch down

We didn’t go to sleep until late. Scarlett must’ve sensed we were travelling as she wouldn’t go to sleep. Brett packed whilst I showered and she was in the travel cot so he could do it by himself without her interference. Then when he was done, I packed. And she was still going strong at half past midnight!!!Brett told me to wake him in the morning when we needed to leave. So I woke him up at 8am. Although it took him 15-20 minutes to actually get up. I got dressed, packed the few bits I had left because they were needed in the AM and then I woke Scarlett. I dressed her, gave her a bottle and off we went. We dumped the room keys on the reception desk and then left.We walked around the corner to the taxi rank and got a taxi to the airport. We checked in our luggage and then went through to the next part where we had our hand luggage checked. Once this was done we headed to a shop for drinks for the plane. We then went through passport control before heading to the gate.We boarded the plane at 11am and it set off at 11:25am. We touched down in London at 1:10pm. It took us ages to get through passport control. The line was crazy. By the time we got through, our baggage was already waiting. Brett’s suitcase was damaged. The wheel was hanging off. Obviously it got damaged enroute. He was fuming but what can he do?

We jumped on a free shuttle bus with my mom and her friend, to where they had left the car. We loaded up and set off. Scarlett was starving so we stopped at McDonald’s and grabbed some nuggets to tide her over for the journey home.

We went home and dumped our stuff. Scarlett had a little play and we told my mom about our holiday (even though I had spoke to her every day). We then headed to my nan’s house for dinner. We stayed there until my Nan got in (and had a cup of tea) then we went home. Scarlett went to bed and we watched a film. We watched Sherlock Holmes.

I am glad to be home. Italy was great but way too hot. We saw what we wanted to. I tried lots of foods. So did Scarlett. We had some good fun. Just a shame our apartments weren’t that great. The only one we loved was Verona!

TTFN x

Naples a no-go

So yesterday we decided we’d go and look at the Trevi Fountain and then the Colosseum. So we headed down for breakfast at the bar across the road, with our “free breakfast” vouchers from the apartment and were told they’d sold out of breakfast. So we shit out. I was not told beforehand it was a first come, first served, so this angered me. We decided to have McDonald’s as there was one near the station. So that’s where we went. A family next to us were talking to Scarlett and she was entertaining them, just as she done with everybody on this trip lol

After we ate we walked all the way to Trevi and found the fountain. We barely got close enough to take a picture properly and Scarlett was actually fast asleep but we managed something!

After the fountain we stopped to eat some chocolate ice cream (which I dropped down my top) then we carried on walking. We were crossing a little road and there was a few people ahead. One guy crossed and was walking away from us but he turned around and started speaking to us. He asked where we were from and we said England. He said that’s good as English love the Africans. He asked about Scarlett. How old etc. He said he had a daughter too. He then handed us bracelets and said “I give you these because you’re from England and you love Africa”. Now we’ve had people “give” us stuff and then ask for money so I knew he expected something. So far we had just handed the items back and said No. But for some unknown reason my brain decided that I should throw him a few euros so I opened my purse up to do this, I pull out a €5 to give to him and he stands next to me and says “Give me the ten”. Before I can say anything he’s took the €10 plus another €5 then marched off. Brett chased him across the road and grabbed my money. He came back with €10 so he managed to get half of what the guy took. We had a row because he said I was stupid for opening my purse. I do agree. I shouldn’t have. But it wasn’t my fault this guy took it upon himself to touch my personal possessions like that. I did not give him permission whatsoever. So Brett’s comments didn’t help the situation. I felt stupid enough. Anyways we marched about and found ourselves no where exciting lol we had to reroute ourselves to find the colosseum (who knew you could lose a place that big) but finally we were close. We decided against an inside tour because I didn’t fancy taking a toddler up that high. My motto was “I came, I saw, I took a pic, I’m done” lol

We headed back to our apartment. We accidentally walked through gang territory in the shape of a park. We put Scarlett down for a nap then we relaxed. Brett had a shower when she woke up and then we headed for dinner. We had a lovely meal at a restaurant near by. I had sage and butter tortellini. I’m in love with that dish. It’s delicious.

Today we decided Naples was a no-go. Neither of us fancied the travelling to and from. And tbh we just wanted to chill the F out. And considering we didn’t wake up till 10am, we had relaxed somewhat. I say 10 but in reality I was awake at 6am because I was hot and needed to open the shutters to let air in. Then Scarlett woke up at 8:30 for a bottle. But yeah, 10 lol I video called my brother as he hadn’t spoken to Scarlett in a while.

We left our apartment at about noon. We ended up down the street in the same restaurant we ate dinner at. I had sage and butter tortellini again and Scarlett tried some this time. She loved it. We ate then wandered. I got a tshirt for myself that says “I love Roma” and then Scarlett got a gladiator tshirt. She’s wearing it home tomorrow. We headed to the supermarket on our way back to the room. We picked up a bottle of Martini Asti and then headed back. We put Scarlett down for a nap then we opened the Asti and toasted to a successful (if slightly stressful and eventful) holiday abroad with a toddler. We finished the bottle and just chilled out. She woke up and we watched teletubbies and FaceTimed my mom then my grandparents. We left for dinner at 9ish. We went to a different restaurant around the corner, opposite the church. I had steak and chips, so did Brett. Scarlett had had yoghurt and snack bits in the apartment so we just gave her a handful of chips. She was so grumpy as she was tired and hot and bothered. The waitress gave her a chocolate wafer. So she was her new BFF lol

After we dinner we headed back. I bathed Scarlett and got her ready for bed. I tried to put her down but she wasn’t having any of it. Brett packed whilst I showered. Then I packed. Then he showered. She was still awake. She finally settled at 12:30. She’s going to be knackered tomorrow so I’m hoping she sleeps on the plane!!!!

I am so looking forward to going home. I’ve missed my mom, my bed, my country’s lovely cooler temperatures lol

It’s my birthday in 1 day (as it’s now the 17th technically). Can’t believe it’s come around so quickly. 26. How?

Our last evening and night in Italy. That happened quickly!!!!

TTFN x

Rome: the final destination

So it’s a good job that I did put cushions down. I woke up about 6ish and Scarlett was laid fast asleep on the floor, on the cushions. I’m not sure IF she did fall out of bed. Or whether she tried to get out but was sleepy and just laid down lol but either way, I didn’t want to leave her there so I put her back in her bed and she then didn’t wake up until 8ish. I gave her a bottle then got her dressed so we could go down and get some breakfast. I asked Brett if he wanted to go but he said No. we went down and had some toast and OJ. We headed back up to pack the few bits we’d unpacked and then check out.

We checked out at 10:30 and started our long journey back to the train station. We asked at the station what the best way to get to the airport would be and they said bus. So we paid for a bus, at the bus station next to the station and at 11:25am we set off. We arrived at the airport just before 12. Our flight wasn’t until 4:20pm and the info for it wasn’t displayed so we decided to grab some lunch. So we found a restaurant and had some food. Scarlett fell asleep so we sat there for ages just chatting and shit. At 2:15 the display boards showed what check-in desk we needed to go to so we set off. We waited in the queue for what seemed an eternity. We finally got to the front and got our luggage checked-in. Then our boarding passes and off we headed to passport control and our gate. We went through. Brett took Scarlett to change her nappy whilst I grabbed some water for us. We got in the queue for the flight. We had to go on a shuttle bus to the plane. We finally got on the aeroplane at 4:10pm and then we took off.

Scarlett is such a brilliant traveller. I could not be more proud of her. She’s done so brilliantly. She’s been on 2 aeroplanes, 2 trains and 1 bus. Plus a few taxis. She’s just awesome.

We touched down in Rome at 5:25pm and then we picked up our luggage. We arrived at Fiuicimo terminal 1 and had to walk across from there to the train station. We booked a ticket, had a quick wee and at 6:23pm we embarked towards Roma termini. Scarlett had a bottle as she was whinging for one. We walked from the station to our hotel. We got there at 7:25pm. Finally got checked in and settled by 8pm. Brett had a shower then we headed out for dinner.

Brett had pizza and he shared with Scarlett. I had tomato and basil spaghetti. It was delish but so filling. We left and stopped at a supermarket for some bath stuff as we had run out. We got back to our apartment quite late. Scarlett and I had a shower together again and then Brett dressed her whilst I washed my hair off then I put her to bed. She took ages to go to sleep. Was almost midnight before she could be counted as “being asleep”.

Brett and I were going to watch a film in bed on the iPad but it’s too late. We need to get some kip lol

Heading into Rome tomorrow for the day. We aim to see the Trevi fountain, colosseum and a few other sights!

TTFN x

One night in Venice

So this morning we woke up for the last time in Verona. We really enjoyed our stay at the Caraverona apartment. Scarlett got up and had a bottle then some breakfast. We packed everything up and headed out at check-out. We grabbed some breakfast at the cafe next door before heading to the train station. We got a taxi as it was easier than lugging two cases for 7 miles lol

We got to Verona Porta Nuova. I got our tickets and we headed to our platform. We decided to sit in the upstairs part of the train. Scarlett fell asleep. Brett had a nap and I watched Salem on my iPad. That's how I travel. I can't sleep like them two lol

We arrived at Venezia St Lucia at about 2:45pm. We had a row outside the station because I shouted at Brett. We were hungry and hot lol we walked the entire way to our hotel apartment for check-in. I was sweating like a pig and the guy made us wait ages (another customer was asking about city tax) before he got round to asking me the necessary questions for check-in. Then he proceeded to tell me the apartment I was due to stay in was not available and I'd have to have one of the hotel rooms there, instead. Same price and no more walking to find it so we said yes ok. I paid and then we dumped our stuff upstairs before heading out.

We wandered. We saw shops and the sights. We stopped in a cafe for ice cream. Scarlett shared with us. We carried on walking around. The biggest issue (annoyance) for us was the constant steps up and down the bridges. With a stroller it was hard work. Even more so when we first had lugged our suitcases from the train station to the hotel. We ended up walking really far from our hotel. I was searching for the "Lock" bridge. The bridge that had all the locks on it thag people had wrote on and padlocked to it. But we didn't find it. Maybe next time.

I can't say I'm overly keen on Venice. The water, with a toddler. Yikes. Dangerous. And the thin, narrow streets between bullrings, claustrophobic! And just how busy it is. I do regret a little not riding a gondola but for €80, I'll pass. We didn't budget for that much to be spent in one transaction. And as Brett has rode one before and I was wary due to Scarlett being only 18 months, we decided it was a big firm NO. Next time, if we visit Venice just the two of us, we'll do it then.

We decided to head back before we went for dinner. So we did. Took a long walk lol we dropped off what we had purchased (Brett more than me). We headed out for dinner at about 9ish which is really late for Scarlett. Nonetheless she did well. The restaurant we ate at, we ate outside on the street and the waiting staff were brilliant. They were so interactive with Scarlett. One even picked her up to talk to her. I won't lie, I felt so on edge because you just don't know this person. But I forced a grin and she was loving the attention. We ate. I had grilled chicken and tomato garlic bread. Brett had a pizza (that he shared with Scarlett). We ate and paid. We tipped because they deserved it then we headed to a shop for some drinks then we went back to the hotel. There was no bath so I had to shower with Scarlett in my arms then Brett took her from me to dry and dress her whilst I washed myself. She slept on a bed. A proper bed. With no "cot side" like on our holiday to Hastings. I was worried she'd roll out. So I put some cushions on the floor so if she did, she'd just roll onto them.

When she was asleep we stuck on a film on the iPad. But it kept cutting out then it disappeared off Netflix. So we tried another. And it played but then it cut off half way through. The hotel wifi was SHIT! So we turned it off and went to sleep.

Headed to Rome tomorrow. Got to get to the airport somehow, from Venice train station. We'll figure it out. We always do.

TTFN x

#boredoftravellingnow

Day 2 in Verona

Scarlett woke up at 7:30am. I gave her a bottle and changed her nappy then put her back to sleep at 8am. I wasn't sure she'd go back down but she did and she didn't wake until almost 10am. I did her some breakfast then I gave her a quick bath (yoghurt was EVERYWHERE) then we got ready to go out for the day.

We walked from our apartment in Piazza Pozza to Castelvecchio to walk over the bridge and looked at the views. We found a cafe as we were thirsty so we had a drink then we carried on walking towards to piazza brà.

Day 2 in Verona

Scarlett woke up at 7:30am. I gave her a bottle and changed her nappy then put her back to sleep at 8am. I wasn't sure she'd go back down but she did and she didn't wake until almost 10am. I did her some breakfast then I gave her a quick bath (yoghurt was EVERYWHERE) then we got ready to go out for the day.

We walked from our apartment in Piazza Pozza to Castelvecchio to walk over the bridge and looked at the views. We found a cafe as we were thirsty so we had a drink then we carried on walking towards to piazza brà. We decided to stop for lunch as it was about 1pm now. So we found a charming (but busy) restaurant on the main road opposite Verona arena. I had a German hotdog and curly fries and Brett had a burger with fries. Scarlett had a toastie but tried to help herself to my hotdog lol it rained whilst we ate but we were underneath a massive canopy so we were fine lol

After we ate I grabbed some more euros from the ATM and we headed towards the shopping streets. My aim was to see Casa di Guilietta (Juliet's house) which was nearby. So we walked. It was so busy. You could tell it was a tourist attraction. It was exactly how I remember it being when I watched Letters to Juliet. I'm glad I can tick it off my list of places. It started to pour down with rain again. So we sought shelter underneath a shop canopy on our walk back to the centre. Scarlett had fell asleep so we didn't mind just sitting on a step watching people go by. When the rain had let up a little we carried on walking. We had a wander through the trees in the middle of the Piazza. There was a fountain and some statues. Scarlett stayed asleep until we had gotten almost back to the apartment. She woke up but was still tired. I left her for a bit to play but she kept jumping around (knowing that if she sat still she'd nod off) and in the end I succumbed to giving her a bottle and putting her in bed. She napped for 2 hours and didn't wake until 7:30pm. Brett had gone to sleep as well so I tried waking him, saying we needed to go for dinner. He was really grumpy and told me to fuck off. I assumed his head was bad still so I picked up the keys, sorted Scarlett out and was planning to take her to dinner by myself. He got up properly and got the right hump. Saying I was leaving him behind. Ignoring the fact he was a complete ass to me for half hour beforehand. But yeah I'm the one who is wrong lol he said he needed a shower etc so "fuck off and go without me". But ignoring my hunger I stayed till he was ready. Which wasn't fair on Scarlett tbh because it was 9 before we left.

We found a brilliant restaurant in the main part of Piazza Pozza. I had sage and butter tortellini. Brett had a margarita pizza and Scarlett just shared everything lol we tipped them because the staff were very interactive with Scarlett. She kept waving and saying Hiya to everyone lol

We got back to our apartment at 10:30. Scarlett had a quick bath then she played with Brett whilst I showered quick. Then once I was dressed I put her to bed.

We are just watching a film called Next. It's weird but good.

We are leaving Verona tomorrow for Venice. We are getting a train from Verona to Venice. It should be fun. I've enjoyed my stay in this apartment however it's not very child-friendly. Knives were at knee height. Meaning, baby height lol but we've had a good stay and our host was a godsend with her recommendations on things and routes to get there.

TTFN x

Day 1 in Verona

So the day got better. Surviving on just 1 hours sleep was not good for me, for Scarlett or for my relationship. But after we went to the supermarket we came back and I put Scarlett down after her lunch. She got back up and we played and coloured. She was still catching up on her sleep so she went back down. And she stayed down for about an hour. Brett and I had a random mid-afternoon shower and we made up over the grouchiness between us. It's amazing what tiredness does to you. So we showered and had a laugh like two young people should do. Scarlett woke up before we were dressed so she "helped" me find my clothes. Which basically just means she kept pulling clean stuff out of my suitcase lol bless her!

We got sorted and headed out for dinner. We took a stroll trying to find an ATM that accepts my money card and there's one just outside our building so that's good to know. We ended up in a little pizzeria nearby. We had pizza and Scarlett ate some. She was knackered by the time we'd finished eating so we grabbed a quick drink in a bar then headed back home. Brett got her ready for bed and I put her down with a bottle. Then I grabbed our sweets and drinks and came in the bedroom so we could watch a film. We ended up talking instead. About judo. He was showing me some moves and we rolled about a bit laughing because I'm too short limbed to grab like he does which just ruins my attempts at any moves haha

He's fell asleep now and I'm just catching up with my girls and then I'm going to bed.

TTFN x