Cake’s in Italy

So the meats, cheese and fresh produce were amazing in Italy, but being me I particularly liked the cakes. Because there were so many of us a couple of times we ended up buying big cakes, so there was enough for everyone, the beauty was we never knew what we were getting and luckily no one had an allergies.

 

So lets begin.

Cake,-Italy

 

So this cake, was a chocolate ice cream cake, sooo good, with the fancy chocolate covered top. Totally judged this cake by it’s appearance, and it totally paid off as this was amazing.

 

CAKE-italy

 

Next was this cake, look how weird the picture looks…oh well. We weren’t quite sure what this was, but it was crazy good, very nutty. No idea what it says on top though..

Pastries-packaging-Italy

 

Next we have the little pastries from the patisserie down the road. I was sold by the packaging, so well packaged no?

 

Pastries

 

And inside was just as good. All these beauts came to €5 which is crazy cheap I literally felt like I was robbing her because they were so good! Sooo soo good. So this became the favorite with all of us, so many cakes were brought. We ended the trip going there one last time picking up some nibbles which were different covered marzipan. we figured these would have the best luck staying intact.

 

Marzipan-Nibbles,-Italy

 

So these were cute, but I’m not much of a marzipan person so Richard has been enjoying them.

 

So there’s the cake part, last installment of tomorrow is the rest of our pictures, don’t worry i’ll filter them so it wont be 8 pages long!!

 

ciao.



Floral Love, Italian Style

Just a quick note to say thank you to all of your kind words on mine and Richards Engagement, completely over the moon!

Now onto today’s post we all know I have a small obsession with flowers, so why would it stop just because I was is Italy. I love how nearly every house had a display of flowers surrounding their windows and garden, as if there a giant flower show and the whole of Italy are competing. Here are some of my favorite pictures I took of floral displays.

Dream-corner-of-the-planet,-Italy

How lovely is this, this is like my absolute dream. A house covered inside and out in plants and flowers.

Floral-loev-Italy

Some beautiful flowers Richard brought for me the day before he proposed, guess he was trying to butter me up! These are from the local florist and old lady who watched as Richard gave them to me and gave me a lovely big smile and a wave.

 

 

 

 

Floral-pot-italy-

 

I thought this little house was si pretty, completely covered, then I saw this little pot just in the window. Interesting no??

Flower-pot-Italy

I saw these pink flowers everywhere in different shades, maybe its the popular flower of the moment. They were so vibrant and pretty though.

Flowers,Italy

 

Everywhere I looked in Italy, balconies were just covered in flowers and plants, I love this one i particular because of the picture shrine beside it, its just so beautiful, I couldn’t not take a picture of it.

 

 

So there’s my snippet of floral Italy style for you, I tried so hard to get some pictures of the countless fields of sunflowers we drove past, but it was always at such a speed and no where to stop alas, I failed. But do enjoy these ones! Tomorrow Italian cakes and believe me there are quite a few!

 

Speak soon x



Something exciting happened in Italy…

Ok so I have been debating on when to write this blog post, as me and Richard can be quite ‘shy’ when it comes to subjects of our relationship. My profile picture on facebook is still a picture which was taken in my last year of uni before I met Richard… But it’s an exciting time, and I want to share it all with you!

 

So lets begin..

Richard, like he had done many of the other days, decided we should go for a drive to find a nice spot to take pictures, then my brother piped in telling us of a place he found and can we take a few photos for him..so off we went in search.

When we arrived, the view was breathtaking, slightly ruined by the Italian hacking at a tree he was cutting down, so before I knew it Richard was pacing back to the car..

So we drove a bit longer then we came to a little area surrounded by olive trees, with a storm brewing in the distant so I started to snap away..

Engagement,-Italy

 

Pretty right…was pretty amazing view and then I turned around..

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Siena, Italy Adventures

So we are back in the land of wifi, bar not being able to blog as much as I would have liked too, It was strangely refreshing, not being able to google anything, check emails and tweets constantly. Its amazing how much time I spend on the internet, but being without it for two weeks, well, it was nice. Saying that I am glad to have it back.

So the next few posts will be me finishing up our Italian adventures.

Bambinos,-Italy

Abby carrying Amelia. It was lovely, for the twins to run around the square, plus we all got ice cream and just chilled for a bit.

Eliza-and-Richard,-Siena-italy

While Ben and Tash were off doing important mum an dad things. ( Buying more sunscreen for the girls), Richard was watching Eliza (above) and Abby was watching Amelia, and I was enjoying the atmosphere that is Italy while taking a photo every now and then.

 

Mum,-and-dad,-`Love.

My mum and dad looking lovely and still very much in love, if not slightly burnt..

 

 

Siena-Sqaure

The main towers was being renovated, I think July is the month for all work to be done on big landmarks…either that or I have the worst luck. Anyway it was still beautiful to look at, Just ignore the group of Italians who are harnessed to the structure who look like they are about to burst into singing the YMCA.

Sienna,-Italy,-bambino

A cheeky picture, because they both look adorable, this definitely isn’t making me broody…

 

 



Florence, Italy

I am simply just going to leave you with a few images I took while walking in Florence, It’s such a beautiful place. I have become a bit obsessed by their shop fronts and shutter blinds, I just love all the different colours..

Architecture, Florence Italy

 

 

Artisit, Florence Italy

 

This guy was amazing, he had done quite a few drawings, but this was just incredible to watch!!

 

Florence, Italy

The views…amazing..just simply beautiful.

Shop fronts, Italy Florence

 

Shutters, Florecne,Italy

 

On another note, I am on the mend, ear is getting better, and I hope to be able to go swimming properly in a few days!

 

Speak Soon.



Hospitals, Italy, No English…Drawing of the week.

Ok so even though I was given more antibiotics for my ear, I now have another infection in my other ear, such a pain. So Thursday morning me and Richard made our way to the Pharmacy to ask for directions to the nearest hospital.  The lady was very sweet and printed us out a map, and to be honest I was assured by my mother who said that the likely hood of them speaking English was quite high as all doctors probably trained in a big city..Well they didn’t.

We arrived at reception and told by a women who spoke very little english to go and press a button. The button which was hidden, was at Triage and I was then prompted by a nurse who blurted something out in Italian, and then after seeing mine and Richard’s blank expressions went english?, 1 second. This excited me, surely she spoke english…. After waiting for 10 minutes her and another nurse brought me into a room. Where I am asked questions. There’s a ticket system here you see. red for dying, yellow for dying in 30 minutes, green for not quite dying, and two other colours I couldn’t remember but were along the lines of see them in a couple of hours, and they are faking it. I was given a green ticket after having to point to my ear, show them my passport, write my address out and speak very slowly some of my symptoms. We got there though, and I was given a lovely little band to wear on my wrist, sporting a green ticket..

Hospital, Italy

I then decided it would be best to draw a diagram, just incase my doctor doesn’t speak english.. So here is my drawing of the week, which I haven’t done in ages, I know..I have a bunch to scan in though so expect a big post soon..but I digress, this is my diagram of what was wrong, and previous medication..

Hospital diagram

45minutes later I was seen. Luckily the diagram as stupid as it looks worked, as neither spoke english, and the diagram was my only communication. In no time at all my ear was being examined, I was given some paperwork for a prescription and a receipt thingy that we had to scan in a pay. So that was fun, speak soon, with less dramatics I hope xx

 



Driving a Rental Car Vertically in Italy

For our Italian holiday I have rented a car, it was a lovely new, very shiny, fiat panda. Leaving the airport I was the first person out of the multi-story car park and also had a satnav so I became the lead car, even though the other 2 drivers had previous wrong side of the road driving.

Dirty Car Italy

 

It started off fine, getting to the correct motorway, stopping off at the services for water to replace the excruciating amount lost through my sweaty palms, apparently “stop” signs are optional, lane control is optional, indicating is optional and the speed limit, a minimum target to be at least 50kmh above at all times. Once we left relatively safety off the motorway it was time to find the villa, still leading, with Sophie’s incredible navigation and quick thinking to only point out road signs once we were passed them, we started to climb.

Now the Panda showed its biggest flaw, instead of an engine it has been running off of about 4 hamsters that were all now very tired. Foot to the floor in 2nd gear and the car is still slowing down. Crawling slowly but steadily reaching our target was frustrating but doable. This was when we reached a lovely steep drop, after pulling over for a quick consultation we decided it would be best to go round the unmade cliff road. Turning round the corner we stated a very steep climb and just kept going. Dragging the car up in 2nd, sometimes 1st gear, the road quickly became just gravel and large boulders. After 15 minuets of climbing the satnav said we had arrived at our destination, and unless we were staying in a tree-house it was obviously wrong. We continued up a little further to a restaurant at the top of this mountain, there we tried to explain where we were looking to get too and were told the correct way to go… Right back down the mountain. Now in the middle of our convoy my foot never left the brake, repeatedly locking the wheels and just sliding to a halt, only a few times contemplating removing my seat belt ready to bail out.

We eventually arrived back at the bottom, our passengers leaping from the car to kiss the tarmac road.

Sophie assures me the views were incredible and that there was lots of wildlife to see, however all I had seen of it was 2 inches in front of the bonnet to dodge massive potholes and huge rocks that would of ended the holiday and my deposit on the car very quickly.

After this ordeal, arriving at the villa was one last steep gravel driveway. Foot to the floor was climbed and arrived at the top. We had arrived and the Panda was in one piece, if a little dirty.

 

Car Italy

 



Our night in Rome.

The lack of wifi is refreshing, but makes it slightly more difficult to blog, so apologies for the lack of blogging. But I am having a wonderful, if not adventurous time.

 

But to our night in Rome, So you have seen where we stayed. Which is a little place called CharmSuite, and I really can’t rave more about this place. It was amazing.

We were right by the river, which was nice to walk by, and we used it as our guidance when navigating. Firstly we went to the Spanish steps, where sadly the fountain was being renovated, but enjoyed looking in all the posh shops, pretending I could afford everything, when in reality a key ring would have pushed the budget.

Boat, Italy

Then we made our way to the Trevi Fountain, that too was being renovated, bad day for fountains no less. I was particularly gutted more by the latter one, as I remember three years wishing for love..haha corny but I kind of  wanted to say thanks as I met Richard 3 months later. (totally works).

 

So we made our way to the Pantheon. This place is amazing, I go here every time we go to Rome just because I love it.

Pantheon

 

Raphael's tomb, Patheon, Italy

 

The ceiling is amazing, and the whole atmosphere, if not overcrowded with tourists, is lovely. Raphael’s tomb above, this just blows my mind, every time.

Also by the Pantheon is one of the best ice-cream places, with the most bizarre flavours, last time I was there viagra was a flavour sporting a bright blue colour…who knows, I didn’t see anyone dare try it haha! but this time I went for Profiterole, so, good.

Ice cream,Italy

 

So hard to eat ice cream quickly, especially when theres this much to eat. My other flavour was pistachio and Richard went for Bounty, I couldn’t finish mine so Richard enjoyed being covered in sprinkles while polishing off mine. We ate antipasto for lunch, which being me I didn’t take a picture of. Typical I know.

I got a few pictures of dinner, which was amazing, guess you can’t go to Italy and not try some local pizza. This place was full of Italians too which I always take as a good sign.

Beer, Litre Italy

 

Standard size beer, Richard was pretty hammered after this, but typical Italian beer…when in Rome.

 

 

 

Me, Italy rome

 

Looking rosy, was very warm. wearing my little silver number, I love this dress it’s soo comfy, and it kind of looks like lingerie, but suitable to wear out you know…

Pizza, Italy

Pizza, bread and some of the best olive oil I have ever tasted, perfect way to end our night in Rome.

 

Richard, Italy

 

Richard looking dashing sporting a light cotton shirt from Next. Are we enjoying my little bits of fashion snippets. It was warm so excuse the hair…

 

 

 

Espresso, italy rome

 

 

We ended the night by finding a quiet little cafe for an espresso and cheesecake (which the guy kindly cut in half). This espresso was amazing, and so far has been the best one I have had.

Anyway, sorry for the late post!!

 

speak soon

 

Ciao



Weekend Antics, Rome. Italy.

Ok so we made it to Italy, finally. FYI Ryanair at Stanstead is a nightmare. No organisation at all..it took us forever. Put me off flying with them. There were like 10 queues, with no signs. We queued in three different queues constantly be told it was the wrong que. It was ridiculous. Anyway though we made it to Rome. So our plan was to spend the day and night in Rome then go to the airport to meet the rest of my family the next day. So lets start with out driver. Oh yes, we ad a driver, or very posh….

 

So the suite were staying in, offered us a driver at a discount rate, which we were more then happy to accept, as we knew we were going to be tired, and burning day light travelling across Rome wasn’t something I wanted to do. Although he originally had no idea where we going so that was fun…

 

But to the suite, just a ten minute walk from the Spanish Steps and a 2 minute walk from a breath taking view on the river, it was a perfect location.

 

Celing Italy

So this is one of the first things we saw when we stepped into a little apartment like area, with a few rooms going off. The ceilings were truly beautiful.

Outside our window

This was the view from our window, and right below was a Pizzeria so we enjoyed the sounds of Italy echoing around us.

Doorknobs Italy

I couldn’t not get a picture of these door handles. I am a sucker for detail as you know, but just look at how delicate these are? The whole place had little hideaways which were full of wonders. With a kitchen, shower room, toilet and  dinning area, was a great place to stay for the night in Rome.

Balcony

The colour scene was natural, which accents of gold splattered about, I can’t tell you how nice this place was, and I will leave details of where we stayed tomorrow.  It was lovely sitting on the bench with the windows open, just listening to the city.

 

Outside view Italy

 

 

Window in bathroom

This was the quirky little window in our toilet, very interesting…nice view to look at though..

 

refelction italy

The shower room and toilet had more go a dark grey/slate pallet, which was nice and cool. Very helpful during the hot days.

 

 

Rainshower Italy

 

I got full use out of this showering, shoring at east 4 times while I was there (due to the heat) plus there were some wacky coloured lights above which you could change the colour on. Very modern aspect mixed with the traditional style of the place.

 

Kitchen coffee Italy

 

When we arrived, we were greeted by a lady who showed us around. They had left 2 bottles of water, 2 cans of coke and fanta, some crackers, biscuits, nutella, jam and melba toast. Plus coffee pods and milk as a welcome pack. All included which I thought was lovely. There was also a hob, fridge and kettle. Everything you could need if you wanted to buy some fresh food and whip something up while you were there.

 

Frames on the wall Italy

 

This was opposite our bed, I love the dramatics of this feature wall, and we also had a lovely old table and chairs. over ally the place we stayed was beautiful. I honestly couldn’t fault it and I will leave all details in tomorrow’s post where I tell you all about our adventure in Rome, and how we annoyed many Italian men..

 

Ciao for now! x