There and Back Again, A Traveler’s Tale (See what I did there?) Pt. 1

HELLO EVERYONE!!!

  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.

Driving.

Driving.

Driivviinngg…

Snore…

When four hours latter, we were in Switzerland!

This was when we were in Switzerland.

House.

We made a quick pit-stop, and discovered the weirdest toilets ever (I was too scared to use it).

The weirdest toilet I've ever seen.

It’s intimidating alright?

   We passed through some breathtaking mountains.

WOAHHH...

WOAHHH…

How many goblins do you think live up there? (another smuggled reference to The Hobbit)

How many goblins do you think live up there? (another smuggled reference to The Hobbit)

Finally after a few more hours, we were in Italy. But we still had a couple more until we came to our stop.

We spent the first three nights here.

Finally in Italy.

We spent the first three nights down here.

We spent the first three nights down here.

      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.

This was close to the house we rented.

This was close to the house we rented.

  When we eventually got dressed and went outside, we discovered that there was a motorcycle race going on.

When we arrived, 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.

Flavor: Cherry and vanilla, with chocolate and vanilla. Topped with whipped-cream. It was kind-of ice-y.

Flavor: Cherry and vanilla, with chocolate and vanilla. Topped with whipped-cream. It was kind-of ice-y.

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.)

Vesuvius!

Vesuvius!

   Before we ventured inside the ancient ruins though, we stopped for lunch.

Three types of cheeses with cream. It erupted when I ate some!

Three types of cheeses with cream. It erupted when I ate some!

   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!

Texting...

Texting…^

Let’s go this way!

Shadow self-i!

Shadow selfie!

PIGONS!!!

PIGONS!!!

Did you know the Romans used three main types of columns? There’s Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.

This one’s a Doric Column.

This one's a Corinthian

This one’s a Corinthian

  I couldn’t find any Ionics though. (Put pouty-face image here) ):^T

That's someone's body.

That’s a cast of someone’s body.

These were probably used to store wine.

These were probably used to store wine. The Greeks and Romans had a god of wine, and also a goddess of closet hinges. (I’m not making that up)

I don't read ancient roman, but I'm pretty sure this means "BEWARE DOG".

I don’t read Latin, but I’m pretty sure this means “BEWARE, DOG”.

You can see his or her teeth.>Shudder<

You can see his/or/her teeth .>Shudder<

In the mid dal, you can see someone hold up a bearded guy's severed head.

In the middle, you can see someone hold up a bearded guy’s severed head.

I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious for some reason.

I just had to take a photo of this because I found it hilarious.

We then marched over to the colosseum.

After leaving Pompeii, we grabbed some gelato, then drove back to the house for dinner.

Flavor:

Flavor: Tiramisu (coffe and cake)

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.

Toot! Toot!

Toot! Toot!

After wandering around a bit, we stopped at a restaurant to have lunch.

Potato nequi and pears in cheese sauce. The pares tasted excellent.

Gnocchi and pears in cheese sauce. The pears tasted excellent.

Then we walked to Saint Petter’s Basilica.

The line for the church was extremely long. Scary long.

The line for the church was extremely long. Scary long. But moved pretty quickly.

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.

That's one BIIIG door.

That’s one BIIIG door.

Wooaahh…

This is a mosaic, by the way.

This is a mosaic, by the way.

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.

And of course, it's under some repair.

My dad’s shoulder.                                              ->

After buying tickets, we entered.

That maze down there, was the basement before the wooden floor rotted away.

That maze down there, was the basement before the wooden floor rotted away.

Another Corinthian pillar.

Another Corinthian pillar.

What happened to this guy's head!?

What happened to this guy’s head!?

Those are seeds my friends.

Those are seeds my friends. Seeds.

And my brother complains about me giving him bunny-ears...

And my brother complains about me giving him bunny-ears…

We then left and hopped onto the metro. We got our gelato and walked over to the Trevi Fountain, when disaster struck.

Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake. Didn't really taste any cheese...

Flavor: Strawberry Cheesecake. Didn’t really taste any cheesecake…

WHAAAT!?

WHAAAT!?

NOOOOO...

NOOOOO…

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 Pizza Pisa

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.

Although it still looked pretty cool.

Although it still looked pretty cool.

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.

 GRARGH!!!

GRARGH!!!

Green Tip

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!

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