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I’ve been soooooo excited to write this blog post since got back from holiday so I’m so glad it’s finally time to share with you the holiday I recently went on. I wouldn’t usually document my holidays, however as this was the last family holiday me and my sister are going on before we both fly the nest for a while, I wanted to remember it.
On the 16th August at about 1pm me and my family set off for Gatwick to stay the night in an airport hotel as we where up super early the next day to catch the flight. Little did we realise how close Gatwick was to Brighton, so after we checked in to the hotel we made our way to the picturesque seaside town that is Brighton. We spent the evening in Brighton exploring the Lanes, drinking in pubs and finishing off with a lovely meal in Jamie’s Italian.
The next morning we got up and head off to Gatwick to catch our flight to Venice to hop on the Oceana (A P&O cruise ship). Our first port of call was Venice and wow this city really is amazing.
We explored Venice for hours, getting lost in all of the little lanes and then went on a Gondola. One thing I learnt about Venice is how EXPENSIVE Gondola’s are, it costs us €100 for 40 minutes. However, its one of those things that you have to do when in Venice. It really was an amazing experience seeing Venice from all of the canals.
We next went on to have a look around St. Marco Square, the biggest pubic square in Venice. In the square there was many stalls and street performers. Surrounding the square was a massive parliament building with loads of restaurants, shops and Cafe’s beneath it. I ended getting a HUGE slice of a-m-a-z-i-n-g pizza.
By this time, we where absolutely shattered, so we got the water taxi back to the port and set foot on the boat for the first time. I have been on many cruises before but I can’t really remember a lot of them so being back on one was quite surreal for me.
On board the ship there are loads of different restaurants and bars, and heaps of things to keep you busy. The next day we had was a sea day, so we spent the day eating, and sunbathing. That evening was a black tie evening, so we all got dressed up and headed down to the dining room for dinner and a nice evening of entertainment.
Next port of call was Kotor, I had never heard of this place until my boyfriend went there on his Europe tour and said how amazing it was.
He recommended we do this walk up a mountain so of course we thought it was a great idea in the 30 degree heat, so we head off to conquer the task. Walking up was a nightmare, it was so busy, so hot, and there wasn’t a proper path. Half of the path was stairs, but the stairs were crumbled away and the other side was just gravel. Never the less, 40 minutes and 1500 steps later WE MADE IT!
The view was just breathtaking and the sense of achievement really made it worth it.
When we got back down, we headed straight to a lovely on-the-street bar and had a BIG nice cold drink. After we had ‘recovered’ we had a look around the beautiful town, old and new. It was a bit similar to Venice in a way that all of the lanes are little and narrow.
Next up was Corfu, I love Greece already but had never been to Corfu, so this was one of the stops I was really excited for. Once we got off the boat we headed into the town and had a little shop as there where some really nice, unique shops. Then we headed to one of the nicest beach bars I’ve ever been to.
After spending a couple of hours sunbathing and swimming in the sea, we headed back to the ship but stopped along the way to this stunning restaurant for some lunch where I enjoyed the most amazing Carbonara.
Finally, the day to explore Rome was here! I’ve been a couple of times before but I can’t really remember. This day we had to get up suuuuper early, as we had to get a bus and a train into Rome.
The first thing we did when we arrived in Rome was head straight to the Colosseum. I’d never been inside the Colosseum, only around it, so I was super excited to check it out. All I can say is that it beat ALL expectations. It was so surreal to stand there and think back to what actually happened there many years ago. We spent a few hours exploring all of the different levels and reading about what happened.
Next we headed to the Trevi Fountain. One thing that amazed me about Rome was that there is no sign posts at all. There is nothing pointing the way to all of the tourists attractions, you just have to find it yourself. After walking around for about an hour we finally found it.
The Trevi fountain never fails to amaze me. It is so stunning and absolutely immaculate. The stone almost blinds you because it is so white. After having some photos and chucking some coins into the fountain, we went to find somewhere to eat. We stopped at this lovely street side restaurant where we all ordered a pizza and paid way too much for a beer. Unfortunately this is where Rome ended for us as we had to head back to the boat, however this was a day I will never forget.
The last port of call on our cruise was the beautiful Corsica. We were all pretty tired from the big day we had in Rome the day before so we didn’t plan to do much on this day. The port for Corsica is great because everything is there as soon as you step of the boat. We first headed to the main shopping street and did some more shopping. There was some great shops here, high street, tacky and high-end, it catered for everything. After walking around the streets, we headed straight to the beach for the rest of the day.
This beach was so beautiful, it felt like I could have been anywhere!
I’m not a massive fan of beaches so I didn’t last too long, however, it was so nice to just relax for a while before heading back to the boat.
Unfortunately, this was the end of the holiday. I honestly had the best time ever and I certainly didn’t want it to end.
Thank you so much for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed reading about everywhere I visited!
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