Monday, 11 May 2009

Home Sweet Home............

Lots of you will know that I have had a few days break on holiday but now we're home and with a bit of a tan as well!! My bad back held up reasonably well although another trip to the Osteopath is scheduled for tomorrow so more relief is coming my way at last!! We went off on a 5 night Mediterranean Cruise on the Navigator of the Seas and although I thought it would be far too early for the weather to be nice, I was completely and totally wrong!! So there I was with no swimming costume really wishing I could get in the pools on board - that will teach me to listen to my hubby who was adamant that it would be lovely.......

I have to say that our ports of call were lovely but I was really surprised at Cannes to see all the work going on to get ready for the upcoming Film Festival and even that the Red Carpet was already out on the stairs of the Theatre that hosts the event! What if it rains I thought........ Clearly they are expecting great weather for the next couple of weeks I guess..... We then went on to Livorno which is handy for Pisa and the leaning tower. Nothing really prepares you for quite how much it leans even though we've all seen endless pictures of it in books etc. and I know they have done some work to shore it up in recent years and remove some of the tilt... Even so it is quite astonishing that it stands up! We then went on to Lucca - birthplace of Puccini and another walled city. They seem to like their walled cities in this part of Italy that's for sure. After Livorno we docked in Civitavecchia which is the closest port to Rome, approximately an hour away. We got a train in to the station just a short walk from the Vatican and boarded a hop on - hop off bus for a lovely trip round all the sights. After doing that trip we went back to the Vatican and looked round St. Peters Basillica which was stunning and the tombs of the Popes. They had a guard around the tomb for Pope John Paul II where there were loads of people praying and some allowed in to kiss his gravestone - it was really moving. All in all I think that the day in Rome was the highlight of my cruise and one that I will never forget.

Still now we're home its back to business and catching up with orders placed during our break and getting more products loaded onto the website. We're also preparing for our next Crop which is held in Somerset so if any of you want to come along and join us for a great day out then you can book your place HERE or you can find out information including a map of how to find us HERE. If you have any questions please let me know. Chat again soon.......

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