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When In Rome…

I just got back from Rome and I already have major holiday blues! I travelled over bank holiday weekend with family, partly to celebrate my sisters 21st birthday. My parents love Rome and have been about 4 times, and my Dad especially has always wanted to go back with me and my sister.

I felt like I walked hundreds of miles in 4 days, but I saw so much! It’s such a beautiful city for many different reasons and the Italian way of life certainly sinks into every aspect. Coffee houses and wine bars on each corner, the smell of stone baked pizza and the promise of sunshine every morning. I almost feel more at home in Italy than I do in London.

The Pantheon was the first historical landmark I saw, its breathtaking…

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Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma, Italy

What surprised me a lot about the City, is that almost all of the landmarks (apart from the coliseum) are tucked away in little squares or corners that otherwise you would not know existed. One moment you are walking down a narrow street with a few shops and restaurants, and with the next step you are amidst buildings of so much grandeur and beauty. I think this is most true for the Trevi Fountain.

We decided to visit this on my sisters birthday, so she could make a wish in the fountain on that day…

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Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy

A beautifully carved mass of white marble, situated between tiny streets running off of an even tinier piazza. The water is perfectly turquoise and the atmosphere golden. (disclaimer: Up until you want to take a photo at the bottom, then you will have to be prepared to fight for your space!!).

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Equally as beautiful is Piazza Navona.

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Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma, Italy

We were really lucky because the day we visited the skies were crystal clear blue, not a cloud in sight. There are ice cream stands all along the edge and plenty of restaurants to add to the buzz. I don’t think I would have known about this place if I didn’t travel with my parents, I had actually not heard of it before. Well worth a visit!

My dad knows a lot of restaurants in Rome, so most nights we went to eat in those, but i genuinely don’t think it would be possible to make a poor choice. I guess the food has to be up to scratch because there is so much competition. Now you all know I enjoy my food, and especially my pasta, so when I go away this is always a part that I look forward to. Rome also does seafood really well, and I ate a lot of Sea bass out there, which was cooked deliciously. Some of the restaurants I recommend are below

Il Giardino Di Albino – Via Zucchelli, 29, 00187 Roma, Italy

Trattoria Tritone 1884 Di Antonio Camponeschi – Via dei Maroniti, 1, 00187 Roma, Italy

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(Excuse my slightly pink shoulder) But this is the Seabass and Zucchini pasta with Tomatos in Giardino di Albino!

Food to die for out here! And we also celebrated my sisters birthday this night, so my Dad organised a tiramisu cake and the whole restaurant sang Buon Compleanno to her, so many good memories…

The Flavours of Sicilia

When you have mixed heritage and live in one country, you always feel the need to explore the other side of where you came from, I know I do anyway. I love travelling, but I love travelling to Italy because I feel at home, and each time I learn something, see something, or eat something that I haven’t before. The first time I went to Sicilia (In Italian you pronounce ‘ci’ as ‘chi’ and ‘ce’ as ‘che’ – now I know you’re trying to say it) I was young enough to run around in only bikini bottoms, not old enough to remember much at all, so I was excited to go back. You hear stories (my dad doesn’t talk about anything else) and see pictures, but nothing is the same as experiencing the beauty of a place first hand. Hopefully I can share with you all the sights & secrets of my trip so you can live vicariously through me, or perhaps this will make you want to visit for yourself one day.

Serenity

Since I was a baby I had a St. Christopher on a gold chain that I’ve worn all my life, but recently it broke so I thought where better to replace it than in Sicily. When I arrived I ventured out expecting to fall into a row of prestigious shops (this is Italy?) but there weren’t really any around the area. I stayed just outside of Palermo, in Foro Italico/Umberto, a fishing district in the 1900’s. It was honestly beautiful and made me forgot all about buying a new charm. IMG_6522

This is the green before the Marina where all boats on their way into Palermo dock. We played football and volleyball and flew kites here in the afternoon through sunset. The temperature drops slightly so you can stay out in it and play overlooking the Marina before you go back and get ready for your evening meal. (It’s all good until you hear a wasp coming for you, they are honestly so big they sound like they have motors!).

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I think that when you go away you give yourself time to breathe, time to think things through and recuperate. Physically my body needed some chill time but also my mind and I think everyone needs that at some point or another. Sicily is a beautifully slow paced place, like anywhere you have to side step the hustle and bustle of a city, but generally the Mediterranean way of life is a mellow and gentle one and it’s one of the reasons I’m always so drawn to it. In Jesolo the roads are shut off from 8pm at night so everyone can walk the streets, buy ice cream and slices of pizza and play arcade games and sit on the beach and when I was younger I could never understand why we didn’t do that in England (obviously now I do) but the fact that it was a possibility somewhere, coming back was like i’d left a dream. Returning is like slipping back into one.