- Romantic Venezia -


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Everyone talks about the smell in Venezia. We were there at the start of winter and we were lucky enough not to have had to experience the potent aroma that others have experienced.

After our initial confusion on arriving, due to some language barriers, we found our way to the ferry. Taking in the historic architecture in the afternoon light, was a wonderful first impression. We spent three days meandering through the cobbled lane ways intersecting iconic canals, exploring its history and beauty. We took in the palace and basilicas; and visited Burano to see coloured houses and buy lace work. We enjoyed copious amounts of coffee, food and wine… and I do mean copious!

It was a great start to our Italian odyssey adventure.



- Welcome to London! -


Welcome to old London Town!

From the squirrels that scurried around the autumn leaves at St James Park to the excess that is Harrods, it was an interesting stop in our adventures.

First impressions? Busy.

Taking the tube, whilst efficient, is awful! The lack of fresh air and fumes that have built up underground are not a great mix for an asthmatic. It must have been my least enjoyable experience of London. But the one thing I used the most.

Naively we thought that London wouldn’t be too busy in the ‘tourist spots’ given we were in off peak season. We did not quite envisage just how busy it could get and I hate to think what peak season looks like!

The highlight of our stay (for me) was definitely was seeing a show in the West End. It was our last night in London, so Phil took me out for a lobster dinner and a few drinks before seeing The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. It was a great night and a great way to end of trip.

Would I go back? Maybe next time, I’d explore some of the other towns in England instead.

Next stop Italy baby!

- Tintern Abbey -


 

We didn’t have much bad weather for most of our time  in Wales. But, on this day we woke to grey skies and the cold. It’s almost like the weather knew it was our last real day for sight seeing and wanted to spoil it. We weren’t to be deterred though as we donned our beanies and jackets for the day ahead. 

It was a dark cold day as the sun hid behind dense clouds. Despite the conditions, Tintern Abbey was a site to behold. The ruins are architecturally beautiful with its columns and gothic arches. However on this particular day, any and all light was absorbed by the stone making it difficult to photograph without a tripod.

We strolled amongst the ruins, taking in the countryside. I was in awe of the cathedral like columns and detail. I felt very small standing amongst the ruins.

To warm up we ducked in to the cafe, The White Monk for a takeaway tea. Takeaway teas and bacon baps, before heading off to see Nana Mary. Whilst waiting, Phil discovered traditional welsh cook books and bought them for my mum. I think he hopes that she will spoil him with delicious welsh delicacies that remind him of home.

- A Change of Plan -


Our original plan was that we would walk up Pen y Fan (the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park). However, Phil was still recovering from a hernia operation and I had come down with a very bad cold which escalated to needing antibiotics. So, our plan had to change. We put our walk onto the back burner for the next time, instead, opting to take a drive through the National Park instead.

Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, but still a bit on the chilly side, it was a wonderful drive through the countryside dotted with small idyllic towns and rolling hills. The remnants of autumn lingering on the trees, made for a wonderful palette of contrasting colours.

- A Roman Bath -


Today we visited Bath and the Roman Baths. I have to say it… the Roman Baths were a little bit disappointing for me. I think the reason for this, is that I had romanticised it all in my head and on arrival it didn’t quite live up to expectation. I had expected the water to be crystal clear and that I might be able to dip my hand into the warm waters, where once Romans bathed and languished.

However, Bath is a beautiful town. We took ourselves out for a nice lunch and strolled the streets taking in the ambience of a town getting ready for Christmas.