Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lists of Italia

Over the course of the last few months I've created a book of lists. I've always been a list maker so it's become a "group book" for the most part where we all combine efforts to create various lists. Some of these include: 

  • Things To Do
  • Lessons Learned
  • Catch Phrases
  • Pizza Hut Buffet
  • On A Scale Of...
  • "You're Tacky and I Hate You": Ireland
  • Food Consumption in Brugge
  • Biggest Fails
Italy was no exception to the Lists. Julie and I compiled a "Suck It Up and Suck It In: Italy" List. The thing about all these lists is they usually end up being lists of disasters or mishaps. So when looking at my Italy list, it isn't nearly as long as the others. Whether that's due to us finally figuring things out, my parents being there, or Italy itself, I'm not sure. So I guess you could say our trip was a success. Here's the list:
  • Getting from Pisa to Rome
  • Cab ride to hotel in Rome
  • Julie getting pooped on by a bird
  • Missing the ferry to Cinque Terre
  • Taking a water taxi to Cinque Terre
  • Picking of skin and teeth
  • Language barrier
  • Sara getting harassed by a 9-year-old
  • Sara's major wipeout
Some things are self explanatory but others aren't. So here's the play-by-play of Italy 2011.

Day One: [Gelato Flavor: Stracciatella & Fragola]
We were staying in a BEAUTIFUL costal town called Lerici. We woke up and looked out the window to see perfectly blue water and to hear church bells ringing. We spent the morning walking around and looking at how beautiful everything was. 
Then we spent our afternoon driving to other cities. First stop was Pisa, boy does that tower lean. Holy Moley. It's pretty surprising to see in person. Pictures really don't quite capture that thing. Then we went to Lucca and wandered around "the walled city". It was a lovely afternoon for a stroll on the wall and the city was pretty!

Day Two: [Gelato Flavors: Nutella & Fragola]
Cinque Terre Day! One thing about us staying in Lerici, was that we always slept in past when we said we'd get up. So when we planned to catch the 9am ferry and got going around 11am, we knew we'd have to rearrange our plans. So we missed the ferry we had to take to get there, so we hired a water taxi. The whole ride (which was actually longer than expected) we were riding those waves, jumping up and down. Thankfully no one got sick. So then we did the Via Dall'Amore (Love Walk). It was so so beautiful! This route was established to connect two cities so that the "lovers" could meet and now people go there and "lock their love" by putting padlocks along the way. It was great.

For lunch I got some pesto pasta (this is where they created Pesto after all!) Then we boated back along the coast to Lerici and watched the sunset from town. 

Day Three: [Gelato Flavors: Limone & Fragola]
This day was a mess. We were traveling to Rome and it took MUCH longer than anticipated. So we drive to Pisa (about an hour) and get on the train to Rome (like 3 hours, atleast) but we hadn't eaten since breakfast so we were STARVING. So combine that with boredom and there you have us. Julie and I had a grand time playing the iPod game. So when we finally arrived at the train station we got a cab and it was the LONGEST ride ever. Turns out our hotel was on the opposite side of town. We thought this cab driver was going to kill us or scam us because it took so long. Sheesh. I didn't even take pictures this day because it was long and train stations aren't that fun to take pictures in.

Day Four: [Gelato Flavors: Cioccolato & Fragola]
ROMA. Stop #1: Vatican. Oh the Pope is coming? Okay. Yeah, we saw him drive around in the "Pope Mobile" and then listened to a service in like 5 different languages. It was pretty cool and pretty darn lucky. So then we went through the museum and the Sistine Chapel, got delicious pizza and went to the Navona Piazza. Loved the Piazza because they had all these artists around and performers so it was fun. From there we stopped at the Pantheon, threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and walked down the Spanish Steps. 

Day Five: [Gelato Flavors: Limone, Stracitella, Fragola, Crema & Frutti de Bosco]
Ancient Rome Day. We first stopped at the Colesseum, ate lunch overlooking it, walked around the Forum and all the other "ancient things". We did a lot of wandering this day around that area and on our way back to our hotel. Today was a fail day for me for 2 reasons (both of which are on the list). First of all at lunch I was waiting in line in the bathroom and a 9-year-old boy was yelling at me in Italian and tried to unlock the door when I was going to the bathroom. It was traumatizing. Julie laughed. Then later that night we went out for dinner and gelato and on our way back to the hotel I had a tumble. I stepped on uneven pavement on a downhill slope, and couldn't recover my footing in time to prevent a face plant. I had gelato running down my leg, got a scab on my knee and a ridiculous bruise on my elbow.

Day Six: [Gelato Flavors: Limone, Fragola, Nutella & Lampone]
Final Day in Roma. First stop was to go in St. Peter's Bascillica. It was huge and so incredible. Then we wandered back over to Navona Piazza to meet Julie and Cameron for lunch and gelato. I got my final Margherita Pizza (so exotic!) and then we wandered back towards our hotel to go back to London.

We had a great time and PERFECT weather while we there. Hopefully because I threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain I'll be back soon! 

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