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rain 13 °C

Well I arrived in Tarragona, it was getting to expensive for me to stay in Barcelona and be ill. Even though its raining the town looks bueatiful and I look forward to having a good look round tomorrow.

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semi-overcast 15 °C

Well I stayed in Barcelona and all I saw was my hotel room, a bottle of anti biotics, and hundreds of tissues. I had a really bad ear infection that im still trying to shake off. I dd manage to walk down the Rambles and sit and read at the harbour for a couple of hours. I will return to this lovely city one day.

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semi-overcast 20 °C

Well ive arrived in Florence after a two hour train journey. After getting hopelessly lost i evenutally found my hostel. It was about 5 minutes from the center of town, and for the first night i had the entire room to myself. Spent the afternoon walking around Florence, and waled up to Michealangelos piazza. Where I saw the fake david. The Piazza had lovely views over the city. Then with icecream in hand i walked back into town, for supper. Florence is surprisingly expensive, considering its still early in the season. There were thousands upon thousands of Americans there, At times i dont think i heard any Italian being spoken.

After a good nights sleep i went to Bologne, which someone had recommended seeing. And it is worth seeing. The historical part of the town is about 20 minutes from the station, and is gorgous. Most of the biuldings are various shades of red, with these lovely covered walked ways. Some of the biuldings that the university gets to use are wonderful, I kept thinking that they must be museums. What a place to study. I met someone later who was studying there for a year and they said it was very special. I tried the bolognise sauce and it was good. Too the train back to Florence. When i arrived I had three new room mates and they were all lovely.

Took the train to Venice which took about 3 hrs. Only had 6 hours there but was very happy to be there. Took the boat down to St Marks square, then found a excellent map and then just wandered over the city trying to find all the places that the tourists hadnt found. Venice is so lovely, had supper in a restuarant by the grand canel, then took the train back to florence.

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semi-overcast 20 °C

I have to say, Naples is scary they say you either love it or you hate it, and whilst i tried my hardest to like it despite the rain, i found after three days i could not wait to leave. You are on constant alert for bag snatches, and i found it quite tiring. Saw someones bag get taken and met a couple of people who had there walets lifted. Its a shame becuase i think Naples could have a lot of potential.

But first, after i checked into the hostel, i was told that no bed would be available until 12 midday. It was about 7.30 in the morning, so i took myself off for a walk, around the shops. Walking slowly towards the castle. Once i reached the castle which was interesting and also free always a bonus, i got caught in a thunderstorm and ended up taking shelter, under one of the arches inside the castle, which wasnt very well protected for about half an hour, then decided i was from england, and what was a bit of rain to me, so took off towards the center of town, once i'd crossed the drawbridge i was sodden. I continued on towards the other castle which was not free and they keeped telling me to go to the top to see the fantastic views. Didnt they think i was wet enough already?

Whilst there i met an american called Amy who had taken the boat in from Sorrento for the day. We decided to hang out, and went to get some lunch. We then made our way slowly towards the Archiology museum, but it started to rain again and as i passed my hostel i was totally wet through, cold and misarible, I begged off and went to claim my bed. I never saw the museum which is shame as i heard its excellent. Ended up after a lovely long shower watching some oz movie which was so bad all you could do was laugh. Then i chatted with some room mates and went to sleep. Felt strange to be in hostel after being in a hotel room for long.

Woke the next day and the sun was shinning. Met up with danielle and we went off to Pompeii. Bus took about 30 minutes and there we were, the city is huge, it took us about 5 hours to walk round and we still missed stuff. I loved it, you get a real sense of the damage that was caused, and a look at what life was like. Strangly the brothel seemed to be the most complete biulding there, pictures and all !! Well worth the visit, its hard to describe it on here, but enough to say that i left with a really idea of how the pompeiins had lived there lives.

After getting a local bus back to Naples, 2 hrs uhhhh we went out to dinner Naples Pizza is lovely, met up with a couple of irish lads and went out drinking, got back about 2am.
Next day after ordering mine and danielles lunch in Itallian from deli, We went off to the lovely island of Capri, ferry took about an hr to reach the island, and as soon as we arrived, we went on a boat ride around the island we saw lots of inlets and rich peoples houses, the sea was too rough for us to go to the blue grotto, which on the postcards looks stunning. After arriving back on the island we took the bus up into town and just wondered around these narrow little alleyways, whcih offered fantastic views and the odd glance into peoples gardens. We then watched the sunset from the top of the piazza.


The end to a lovely day.

Next day we left our luggage at the station and took the train to Eurcolana. Were we took the bus up to Mt Vursovios. We were let off to walk the last km. My god was it cold, it was cloudy with icy rain and extremely windy. I forgot to bring a coat. After a very steep climb we made it to the top, where we celebrated with hot chocolate and coffees. I had a ciggy and asked the mountain for a light and some tourist said i dont think thats very funny do u ?. I thought she needed a sense of humour transplant.

After climbing back down we took the bus to the ruins. They are a lot smaller then Pompeii only take about 1 hr to get round. We couldnt find anyone that spoke english or a guide book in english so we were left to figure it all out for ourselves. It looked to us like they were trying to reconstruct the site to how it must have looked before the mud slids. If this is what they are trying to achieve then It could be well worth a visit again in 10 years or more.

We then went back to Naples and took the train to Roma. Arriving about 8 pm. Danielle left me to continue on her way to Nice.

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Back in Palermo


sunny 21 °C


Well back in Palermo, for a night, met up with my god mothers sister who took me for a quick tour of the city, in her car, and then we had a delicious lunch in her faviote cafe. After I spent the evening walking around the city and sorting out my blog.

Next morning, I had breakfast brought to me in bed by a very cute Italian staff member of the hotel, Lovely way to wake up I must say. I then set off to see the Palace, and then tried to get money out of the bank machine which proved to be difficult. I then had lunch and met an english guy and his Russian wife. The cafe was run by a lovely Italian family who were wonderfully friendly and the food was great.

I then boarded the ferry to Naples, I only ended up sharing my 4 bed shared cabin with one other girl from Canada, her name is Danielle and we ended up hanging out for the entire time in Naples and plan to met up in Nice. Well the trip to Naples was eventful to say the least, We decided to Buy a bottle of wine which as we both smoke we sat on the deck and chatted loads drinking wine, smoking and watching Palermo shrink into the distance. We then went on a search for food, and discovered due to it being off season, there was no cafe or resturant open so I found the chef, A little bit of flirting and soon we had chicken sandwiches and a free bottle wine for out troubles, dont ever try and seperate me from food I get deadly. We then started talking to 2 Italians and practicing my Italian. Not sure how well I did but they laughed loads, until i started to teach them english. Went to bed at 2am. Got woken at 5.30 as we arrived in Naples. On a cold wet day.

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