“Wish you were here” – a postcard from Rome.

Greetings from Rome!

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The Trevi Fountain

Our epic road trip continues and we have been delivered  safely to Rome. It is a truly stunning city and I have been absolutely blown away by it’s beauty and charm.  We have only 2 days here but we are going to cram in as much sight seeing as possible. We will no doubt be extremely exhausted by the end of it, but we will also feel enriched and inspired.

I can’t wait to explore the Colosseum, it’s something I’ve been wanting to see ever since I was a little girl.

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The Colosseum

It’s stooooopidly hot here in Italy at the moment, today was just a smidge over 40 oC! Yowza! My pasty-white-freckled-splattered skin is taking a beating from the sun, so I’m having to bathe myself in lashings of sun cream before even attempting to leave any kind of shade for fear that I shall melt in the suns rays like a vampire. I am, however, obtaining a hint of brown glow to my skin which is helping to make me look more “normal” coloured, rather than the “sickly pale” look that I normally sport, yay!

I had best be off now dear reader for Mr Sharp is looking a little negelected as I tap away on these keys, and we are both itching to hit Rome’s streets and see some sights. I will try and blog again before we arrive back in old Blighty next Sunday, but alas I am not sure when I will have internet connection again (how will I ever cope??).

Until then I will leave you with this very hot and sleepy dog that Mr Sharp and I saw in Sorrento. I couldn’t resist taking a picture and sharing it with you, it was just too cute. Arrivederci folks, have a happy weekend! xx

Let sleeping dogs lie.

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Roadtrip!!

“Where shall we go on holiday this year?” asked Mr Sharp.

“Oooo”, pondered I somewhat briefly, “I’d love to go back to Sorrento in Italy”.

“Fabulous” replied Mr Sharp, “shall we drive there?”

“Ok” Said I.

So, 6 months of planning later, we board our vessel for the trip – our beloved and trusty Ford Focus named “Mo” (what? what’s so weird about naming a car?) – waved goodbye to London town, and set off on our rather epic 3300 mile road trip.

4 days into our trip and we have driven just over 800 miles through 4 different countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland) and made 8 border crossings.

So far we have climbed 698 steps up two different towers (the Belfry of Brugge and Strasbourg Cathedral), drank beer that was 11.3% (yes, 11.3%! thats not a typo, it was actually that strong and tasted slightly like bananas), ate at a 2 star michelin restaurant, drank an £100 bottle of wine which despite my scoffing and “can you actually taste the difference?” remarks, it turns out that yes, you can taste the difference, and it was truly amazing.

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We took the worlds highest vertical ascent cable car up 2800 metres in just 20 minutes to the top of Aiguille du Midi, a mountain the the french Alps 3,842 m above sea level, and discovered that I have vertigo (who knew?? I certainly didn’t!!). I had to cuddle quite tightly into Mr Sharp and close my eyes while giving out little squeals of fright during the ascent in the cable car. The view from the top, however, was spectacular, totally worth me nearly pooping myself:

I can’t believe we have achieved so much in such a short space of time! I have to confess that some of the driving can be a little tedious – lot’s of boring motorways that need to be tackled to help us to cover so much ground in such a short space of time, but it is totally worth the effort. It is going to be a trip that will give us memories to last a life time, and many stories to tell. Best of all, I get to see all these wonderful sights, and have such magical experiences with my wonderful man by my side every step of the way. What an adventure. xxx