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Saturday 31st May: You Can Keep the Costa Brava
I’m telling ya mate I’d rather have a day down Margate with all my family.
Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of proper old school British seaside resorts. With a day of sunshine forecast and after a long hectic week at work a trip t’seaside just the tonic.
I’ve never been to Margate but I was well impressed! Run down echoes of old amusement parks (which are going to be brought back to life thanks to the Lottery Heritage Fund), a lovely beach! Making sandcastles! Those sugary, hot donuts! Arcades! Winning toys int’grabby machine! And even British comedy sunburn. Awesome.
Oh, and we even went to the Contemporary Turner Gallery. To use the toilets. Little bit of cultcha, yeah?
Friday 23rd May: No Death In Venice
All the dead have their very own island in Venice after Napoleon got bored of the dead cluttering up Venice. Due to a high demand on spaces though dead Venetians only get to stay for 10 years before being moved on. If you’re a dead Protestant you can stay forever thanks to much lower demand for spaces.
We also went to see the old municipal Venice slaughterhouse today. Don’t say I don’t know how to live. Or die.
Thursday 22nd May: Happy Birthday Messenger Face!
We’re still on holiday and it’s ‘im indoors’ birthday. He didn’t have many (read any) presents or cards to open on account of us just having hand luggage for the week away but started the day with Italiano cheese and bacon grills then rode bicycles in shorts and flip flops in the sunshine on lovely Italian bike paths and bigger less lovely roads with no fear of death (thanks assumed liability laws = ACTUAL space for cycling) then we played Aerobie in the Adriatic and Scrabble on the beach and then out for a delicious dinner. Not bad as birthdays go I hope!
Tues 20th May: Amo Il Giro D’Italia
Today we drove for roughly 3hrs each way to see roughly 10 mins of a bicycle race.
And each hour/minute was thoroughly worth it. We went to a small town called Mirandola which the race went through for less than 5 mins but it felt like the whole town had come out. Lots of old men proudly wearing hi-vis, wielding red flags and shoo’ing small children away from the side of the road. Pink balloons and pink copies of the Gazetta turned into bows on the roadside. A far cry from the people of Surrey who complained about the Olympic road race making them prisoners in their own homes. I did note though that the most popular spots in Mirandola were on tight corner turns!
Seeing a pro race and pro-cyclists mere inches from my face (in the sunshine) was one thing but it was all the other stuff you don’t see on t’telly.
1. The official merchandise transit vans where you flag them down for goods. For €10 the official souvenir pack had noise clackers, wrist bands, a hat, a gym bag and a t-shirt. €10!!
2. The excitement in the air from the locals was actually palpable.
3. Seeing the TV helicopter swooping ahead
4. The sheer number of police acting as outriders and the Giro stickers they had on their bikes
5. Just how many team cars there were. Each team prob had 2 or 3 support cars. The mind boggles how
much $$ of bikes there were on each one.
6. Seeing actual racers up close. A-mazing
Roll on t’tour!
Monday 19th May: Clichéd Forrins Using English Amusingly Stock Holiday Snap
Bum bum!! They sell bum bum toys to children out of a vending machine!! An odd selection of inflatable toys from animal heads on sticks to life jackets : /
Sunday 18th May: Water, water everywhere
First proper full day of Veneto Vacanza and we’re in Venice. Fascinating city and it’s relationship with nature which both keeps it alive and is threatening it’s future.
Shockingly expensive too, even by London standards.
Saturday 17th May: HOLIDAY!!!
Nothing says holiday like a monorail and a travelator. And a breakfast buffet will cushion the blow of tomorrow mornings 4.30am alarm call
Friday 16th May: Just Another Day at the Office
Had to go to the Strand this lunchtime and walked through Covent Garden and spotted my mate Will hard at work in his office.
He’s really embraced Dress Down Friday, huh?
Thursday 8th May: New Gadget!
Have been swimming more lately and really enjoy it apart from you can get a bit bored going up and down and up and down.
The answer? Waterproof MP3 player! And found one that’s much cheaper than most I’ve seen. Huzzah!