Okay, so admittedly this post is a little late since I went on this trip to Venice in June! :o, but I am only just finding the time now to write about it, so apologises in advance as this trip now just feels like a life time ago, which is horrible :(.
So, March time this year my dad text me to tell me that he needed my passport number as he’d booked a trip for the two of us to go to Venice on June 23rd for 3 days for my 21st which was the beginning of July! 😀 and I was incredibly excited as I love Italy (and I have expressed my love for this country in a previous post, i’ll leave my link at the bottom) so the fact i was going back just made me so darn excited its unreal and the fact it was for my 21st was even better.
On the 23rd June we left my dad’s at 3:30am and then flew out from Heathrow, London at 7:30am, but to be honest I wasn’t even too worried about the earliness I was just massively anxious about flying because I hadn’t flown for 3 years previous to this! So the anticipation was horrible but all in all it was an okay flight really. Once we touched down in Venice I was so happy because I knew I was back in Italy and all I had around me was Italian speaking people and the accent just literally makes me melt. We had to get a boat into the main part of Venice, and I did get sea sick almost feeling like I would throw up… I was happy to get to our stop! :|. I found out when we got there where we were staying and it was the Carnival Palace hotel, my first impressions where “omg this place is gorgeous” it looked so beautiful from the outside, I then looking in it noticed it was even more amazing! Dad really did do well with picking a hotel, thats for sure.
Carnival Palace hotel;
Once we checked in we went up to our room and we had a twin room, which looked like this;
This is exactly what our room looked like and I was so shocked as it again, was beautiful. We had a bath room where the lights changed colours and the shower was as if it had its own wash room! it really was just pure bliss!! So that afternoon we decided we would go out and explore,
spending that afternoon and evening looking around but, ended up getting caught in an Italian rain storm! It shocked me that it was not even cold when raining, it was warm which actually made the rain bearable as it actually did seem to cool the air around you, so all in all i was not completely fazed by this little outburst. That night however there did happen to be a storm so we ended up heading back to the hotel, eating pizza there, leading to drinking beer and talking. This was nice for me as it was nice to just catch up with dad and I realised there and then we had all holiday to do this, which pleased me massively.
On day 2 we got up super early, 7:00am (which was 6:00am over here as Venice is just 1 hour ahead) and headed down to breakfast where we ate outside here and would do so for the next 3 mornings;
It was cool to be sat outside in this lovely area eating and drinking breakfast where the sun was already hitting it’s late 20’s. That day we went and visited St Marks square where we strolled and wandered off to a hotel my dad had previously stayed in, just enjoying and taking it all in and I really began to realise how beautiful Venice really was. We then spent the afternoon going over to the little Islands that are on the outskirts of Venice one being Lido where we travelled by boat again to get there, surprisingly i was fine this time round. There we found a beach and we realised how different Lido made Venice actually seem, there were roads and not every shop seemed the same, it was different;
Day 3 we spent the morning getting presents for our families, which actually turned out to be a very successful shopping tip in some ways, I however was kind of miffed because being a religious country I did think that perhaps I would be able to purchase a few sets of rosary beads for my mum and nan but I could find no sets anywhere! It really did amaze me. But we both got some beautiful gifts for ourselves also as keep sakes. We then that day travelled over to another little island called Murano where we watched and saw a lot of glass making, which is what it is famous for! And again we spent the day exploring and talking, all while getting a tan since the weather was glorious! late 20’s the entire time.
Come the morning of the 26th and having to fly home, i realised I had had the best holiday and more needed bonding time again with my dad! We had laughed so much, enjoyed some amazing food in cute tiny restaurants and walked for miles the entire 3 days. We really did have the best holiday and it honestly was such a great 21st birthday gift. I learnt however though, that Venice is a completely different world to here, they live so derelict to us and really do seem like they would appreciate half the things we take for granted much more then we do, you really do get that feel whilst being there. I really do appreciate dad for this though, because he treated me, to completely everything. So thank you dad ❤ (if you’re reading this) it really did have the best time, I hope you know how grateful I am. ❤
So! Then came my actual 21st on July 3rd and i was home in Lincolnshire seeing friends and family for my birthday. The day of my birthday was my sisters year 5 sports day and I was incredibly proud watching her run round and taking part in her events, proud sister moment <3. But, when we got home my mum, the sneaky lady, had secretly planned a tiny get together as she would not have it said that I didn’t have some sort of “party” for my 21st as I had told her in absolutely no way shape or form did I want a birthday party, or even a surprise one, as I genuinely can not stand being centre of attention. But, she’s a sneaky lady and I walked into a little buffet, a made cake which had a Tudor theme to it with a Tudor rose on it (as of course my mum knows about my Tudor passion), family/friends and presents. It was gorgeous and I can not thank her enough as it was a nice little get together of some amazing people. She too is a diamond, and I love her to pieces. She is amazing and I’m so grateful to have had her as my mother for my whole 21 years so far. Thank you! <3.
So all in all I had a great 21st, I got some amazing and thoughtful presents from family and friends. I am incredibly lucky to have them all in my life! so until next time,
With love, Charlotte x
previous post on Italy; https://dbbloggerxoxo.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/rome-✈%EF%B8%8F🇮🇹❤%EF%B8%8F/