Well, this is a first! I'm actually blogging this week from an airplane on the way back from Italy! Though by the time you read this I'll be back in Blighty. I've just had an amazing few days with an old friend and I'd love to tell you about it.
After a busy evening at QVC on Wednesday with my first full Decleor hour under my belt I was on a real high! I then caught up on a few things on the Thursday and then it was off to Italy on the Friday! I have a friend, Enrico, who I have known for many years (in fact we worked out it was about 15 years – where does the time go?!) who lives in Modena, and though we had lost touch over the years, through the invention of Facebook we had found each other again and I knew I just had to arrange a trip.
We only spent one evening in Modena – just having a walk round, catching up over a drink and food. Then on the Saturday morning we got up mega early and made a three-hour trip to the coast of Tuscany – this was where we spent two whole days of time on the beach, chilling out and I even tried beach volleyball – I wasn't very good but it is very addictive!
Enrico has been going there for years so he knows lots of people and on the evening we were heading out to partying in the main resort centre – it was brilliant but I don't think I've ever been to such a busy full-on place (or am I just getting too old for it?!) On the Monday morning we took a quick look around an amazing old walled city called Lucca, absolutely stunning and from what I can make of it, a bit of a hidden gem!
The low point was that not speaking Italian, I think when you can at least say a few sentences or hold a basic conversation in the native language it makes such a difference to how you feel. I speak French and German so I'm determined before I go back to Italy I WILL at least learn the basics beyond 'ciao' and 'grazie'!
Hope you like the photos – a mixture of beach and city sightseeing and even a picture with Pinocchio who, I didn't realise, was said to be from Tuscany! Isn't the panoramic mode on my Casio Exilim brilliant for taking in all of this gorgeous Italian piazza?
Have you been to Italy? Have you ever heard of Lucca? Any holiday plans on the horizon? Would love to hear from you – do leave a comment below.