How was spring break? I know, I know, it was three weeks ago, just keep your corsets on! I’ll explain in a minute! Drumroll please… (rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a!)
For the past two weeks, my family and I have been lounging in (pausing for dramatic effect) ITALY!!! (WAHOOOOOOOO!)
Since the trip was ten days long, I’m going to start out with the first five days. Then on part two I’ll reveal the rest of the journey!
Day One The Fourteen Hour Drive
Just like in The Hobbit our adventure started at home. Early in the morning, my parents woke me and my siblings up early (around 3 a.m. >Yawn!<) and stuffed us into our car. Along with our suit cases, cooler full of food, pillows, and audio books, we began the long drive.
When four hours latter, we were in Switzerland!
We made a quick pit-stop, and discovered the weirdest toilets ever (I was too scared to use it).
We passed through some breathtaking mountains.
Finally after a few more hours, we were in Italy. But we still had a couple more until we came to our stop.
By the time we got there, it was night. We settled in and were asleep instantly.
Day Two Exploring the Town
In the morning, we slept in and hung around the house for half of the day.
When we eventually got dressed and went outside, we discovered that there was a motorcycle race going on.
We spent that afternoon walking around, and dodging motorcycles!
We then had our first gelato. Our parents decreed that we’d have a scoop of gelato a day for as long as we were in Italy.
Day Three Pompeii
In the morning we drove all the way to visit Pompeii. (This song kept on playing itself over and over again inside of my head.)
Before we ventured inside the ancient ruins though, we stopped for lunch.
After a delicious meal, minus the octopus my dad tried (and failed) to make me eat, we bought tickets to go inside. Let the pictures commence!
Did you know the Romans used three main types of columns? There’s Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.
I couldn’t find any Ionics though. (Put pouty-face image here) ):^T
I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious for some reason.
We then marched over to the colosseum.
After leaving Pompeii, we grabbed some gelato, then drove back to the house for dinner.
Day Four When in Rome…
We woke up and drove over to Rome. Even though it wasn’t tourist season yet, there were still a TON of people.
After wandering around a bit, we stopped at a restaurant to have lunch.
Then we walked to Saint Petter’s Basilica.
We were eventually able to enter the church (after fifteen minutes in line). Before we went in, I was already wide-eyed by how much detail that went into it.
After a quick stop at the gift shop (my mom collects magnets) we hopped on a bus to visit the Roman Colosseum. The big, famous one.
After buying tickets, we entered.
We then left and hopped onto the metro. We got our gelato and walked over to the Trevi Fountain, when disaster struck.
It was under repair, and we weren’t allowed to toss in our coins. :^( Oh well. At least we saw it.
Day Five The Leaning Tower of
We spent the day driving to our next destination. We made a stop here in the middle of the car-ride.
Personally, I liked the church more that the tower.
Four hours latter, we had dinner at the next house.
Day 5 The Curse of the Dead Camera
Today we visited Lago di Garda and it was amazing! Unfortunately, my phone/camera was dead when we got there (I swear I didn’t waste the battery on Angry Birds!).
First, we visited the castle, then walked through the shops. There was some really cool stuff people were selling (decorative birdcages, plates that look like celery, spider man toys that turned into jets…). We had lunch and while the adults enjoyed some coffee, my siblings and I sat near the lake (under supervision) and tried to convince our parents to let us feed the ducks breadcrumbs, with little success. At one point a swan swam by!
Then we then hiked up a large hill (small mountain?) To explore some more ruins. Poppies and olive trees were everywhere. When we stopped for a snack, some ducks joined us, at a distance. My dad joked about me trying to “become one with the duck”. :^]
After wandering around some more, we had our gelato. I had mint and chocolate chip. After devouring all of the ice-cream, I had some cone left over. Two ducks came by, (I named them Ms. and Mr. Quackers) I fed them the remainder of my cone. I think they’ll plan on stealing the gellato store’s supply…
And that’s the first five days of our journey through Italy! I’ll soon share the rest, but for now, I’ll be fighting Azac the Defiler.
Did you know that it takes an aluminum can 200 years to decompose (National Geographic’s). Be sure to toss your soda cans into the recycle bin!