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Ciao not so Bella!!!


Hi all!!

Well the last thing you could call me at the moment is Bella!!!!

It’s the big family holiday in Italy. I left on Tuesday morning to get things ready and the troops arrive on Friday (all seven of them!!).

I arrived at the airport at 4.30am and it’s always a bit of worry when the check in people say “I’m sorry madam but the conveyor belts that take the cases to the planes are all broken today, but please just leave your case over there with the 17 million others (ok she didn’t actually say 17 million!) and they will be taken manually. Please don’t worry!!”……….please don’t worry????

The whole of Gatwick was in mad panic!!!!

Anyway being the eternal optimist, I left thinking it’ll be ok. The plane left on time more or less, so I remained positive. Upon landing however the pilot added to his usual welcome speech that a “few” cases didn’t make it onto the plane!! From a full flight (around 250 passengers), if there were 20 cases that came out that would be me being kind!!!

Three hours later of utter pandemonium at Naples airport (no change there then!!), waiting to fill in paperwork and one missed train connection for the 200 mile onward journey, I finally arrive at my destination by taxi!!! (Cost more than the flight!!) Reason being, no more trains available for the next two days!!

Well I’m here now…


Weather great, food fabulous but me looking like the biggest fashion faux pas Italy has seen in a long time!! Yes I have a few clothes in the apartment here, but sadly due to the fabulous food here none of them fit anymore. So aside from the outfit I arrived in and a few bits of make-up………that’s it I’m afraid.

This is the extreme south of Italy and there are very few decent shops and so I had to resort to buying two sundresses from one of the vendors on the beach yesterday!! I have one old swimsuit that’s seen better days, and that’s my wardrobe.

No sign of my case although it’s saying on the system that it’s arrived, and of course you could have to remortgage to cover the cost of being on hold on the phone for hours on end!! Do I sound like I’m moaning? I’m so not!! Hardly a biggy!! Annoying but not major!! When I saw that there were two couples at the airport that had come over to get married……… wedding dresses or bridesmaids dresses etc……my couple of swimsuits and a few Kim & Co dresses hardly seemed to matter.

And just in case you’re thinking, well why not get the others to bring stuff out on Friday when they come, that’s not half as straightforward as it sounds!! They are not checking in any luggage as we can’t afford for all seven of them to miss the train should the plane be delayed!! Hence “no room at the inn” as they say!!

And quite apart from all that I’ve just spent the last 30 minutes trying to explain to my youngest to take out one pair of cropped trousers, a top and a swimsuit for me to try to squeeze into their hand luggage but to no avail!! He can’t find them!! Men eh? (Sorry guys!!) I’ve told him just to leave it as I could end up with anything and what I’m wearing at the moment is only marginally better than the Carole Hochman PJs I could end up getting!!

Still mustn’t complain, he has found an extra supply of my bareMinerals foundation!!

So that’s it folks. Good job I’m not one for photos, and somehow I don’t think I’ll be hearing the words “Ciao Bella” too often either this holiday!! :) (Well maybe when hubby arrives!!)

Maybe my case will turn up today????? Oooohhh! What’s that large pink thing flying over there??? Now Anne where’s that optimism gone!!!!

Catch up soon,

Anne xxx


  1. Lorraine Johnson August 1, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    We were in Maratea last month, also Scario on bay of Pollicastro and Santa Maria di Castellebate. Beautiful unspoilt region of Italia! Lucky you! Enjoy!

  2. Susan August 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Lol Anne you do make me laugh so much! You are just brilliant. You have such a funny way of telling stories! Im so sorry yor case has gone AWOL. Maybe it’ll turn up before you come home!? It’s so annoying though. And when they say so what’s in your case, you can’t think of a darn thing! I’m glad the weather is good though you maybe don’t have any suncream now!? Don’t get burnt! I look forward to hear all the fun that occurs from the Dawsons!! X

  3. Mary Rottier August 1, 2015 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hope you get your cases soon and have a good holiday.

  4. Marverine Cole August 2, 2015 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Aww sorry to hear about the hols nightmare start! Hope it improves, babes. Go soak up some sunxxx

  5. Elizabeth Keenan August 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh Anne I am sitting here relaying your blog to my husband and we are nearly splitting our sides, sorry Anne but you are hysterical soo funny.
    Kidding beside, hope you get all your stuff soon, and I am sure you will have a fantastic holiday.
    I am sure you will be looking Bella Bella, you always look stunning.
    Have a great time, we are off to Italy in a few weeks ourselves.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth Keenan X

  6. Anne dawson August 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine. Yes Maratea is absolutely stunning. We’re about a half hour drive further south. Back next week just for a few days. Love it!! X

  7. Anne dawson August 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, great to hear from you as always! No I didn’t get burnt. The good thing was that since I’d already been out and it wasn’t the first trip of the year, all my toiletries including my ultra sun were already there. Just nothing to wear with a tan!! Lol !!
    Take care xx

  8. Anne dawson August 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary. Thanks. Yes they did turn up eventually which was great.

  9. Anne dawson August 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hey marv!! Lovely to hear from you. Haven’t seen you in ages.
    Hopefully catch up soon. Hope you’re well my lovely x

  10. Anne dawson August 19, 2015 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hey Elizabeth, great to hear from you!! I’m glad I made you smile :)
    Yes all good in the end. But not too sure about the “Bella Bella” more of a “belly belly” maybe with all that pasta and gelato!!!!
    Have an amazing time in Italy when you go and please stay in touch !! X

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