With Boris on the firing line today at Partygate, I’m amazed to hear that it’s three years since the first lockdown . Three years!!
I’m almost overwhelmed by the thought.
I’m looking at the art wall in the kitchen…..at the start of Lockdown there was only a couple of paintings there…..
The dogs and I had a serious chat this morning,
Over in the Churchyard, in the weak sun of the morning.
Well I did most of the talking to be fair and Mary and Dorothy hung on every word as they have a want to do.
Roger spied an early bee flying in disorientated circles near the flowers on Auntie Gladys’ grave and smiled to himself .
He never listens to anything more serious .
Albert limped over and head butted Roger who almost toppled over in shock
I left the boys to it.
I feel more energised than I have in a while.
I feel more in control and more hopeful with things
I think I’ve been a little depressed over lockdown and a smidgen beyond it
And I told the girls so this morning.
I’m sure they nodded carefully
I have them a big smile and told them that
I’ve just booked a trip to Rome
It’s in September and I’m going alone.
If a friend wants to join me ….then great.
If not, that’s cool too
Im going to Rome, and I will be able to fit in my best Walking Dead T shirt ….the Large one….
Not the extra large one when I do so.
I fly from London and hopefully see friends there before I go.
What do you think? I asked the gang
Dorothy blew a kiss and Mary pushed forward to be first
Roger was now watching crows in Well Street trees and hadn’t a clue
Io Vado a Roma…Bella
See Rome and ... well, forget the rest of the quote. Just have a good time there.ReplyDelete
Yes! Something to look forward to. May the Travel Goddess smile on your plans!!ReplyDelete
I’ve had too much bad luck with my holidays last yearDelete
Sounds like a great plan and good motivation!ReplyDelete
I really need something to look forward toDelete
Rome is my absolute favorite city. I know of no other city that captures art, history, culture, and cuisine like Rome does. Italy may change, but Rome will forever be Rome. Italy is etched on my heart, but Rome is a part of my soul. So glad you've got a holiday on the books. You'll have fewer crowds but glorious weather in Septeber. Good on you, dear John.ReplyDelete
Nicely written, I like this description susanDelete
I hope the gang was excited for you. I know I am. I haven't been there in 100 years, more or less.ReplyDelete
I need this break xDelete
I imagine your furry ones would accept and consent that your trip to Rome is perfect for you John - Perhaps black shirt , smart trousers and a rather nice scarf - If I may be so bold to suggest xReplyDelete
Let’s see how much weight I looseDelete
So good to have plans and a plan to fulfill them!ReplyDelete
I think we all need a goal, a plan, something to work towards even if it’s a few days away in a new cityDelete
Great plans, and by September you'll need a medium Walking Dead T-shirt, if not a small! Just don't let all that yummy Italian food scupper the weight loss. xxReplyDelete
I never wore a small t shirt even when I was tenDelete
I can give you the address of a good basic Rome hotel, good walking distance to lots of well known stuff and particularly near the rail Termini which is a visit in itself.ReplyDelete
Sure - it’s-Delete
Via Villafranca, 9,
It’s listed in full on Booking.com
There was also a very good supermarket at the end of the road - and a pharmacy for inevitable foot blisters!
Be very aware near Termini. I was targeted by a group of young children there - luckily I saw them pick me out and was prepared.Delete
May I suggest The Rape of Prosperina at the Gallery Borghese - need to book a ticket. I have travelled a fair bit and it is one of the most amazing things I have seen.
Indeed re "be very aware near Termini". We never will work out how my wife got her purse with 300 Euros and credit cards taken from the very bottom of a well-packed and rather full rucksack while she walked... But of course, with care (and maybe a money belt under the T-shirt), you'll be fine.Delete
Yellow shoes…it’s booked up xxDelete
I will go and see the sculpture
I remember being blown away by Samson Slaying a Philistine carved by Giambologna at the V&A
Andrew, I’m a stalwart of the trains out of Barcelona …fingers crossed xDelete
It's exciting to have a trip to look forward to!ReplyDelete
I was quite giddy about it earlierDelete
You'll be living La Dolce Vita. Bellissima!ReplyDelete
I hope it will be a nice trip xxDelete
My Dad used to say that "anticipation is often greater than realization". Enjoy the happy anticipation of a September trip to Rome!ReplyDelete
Good you had an attentive audience this morning!
And perhaps he’s right. It’s made me feel better for sureDelete
That's a wonderful trip to look forward to! Ciao ciao bambino!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're feeling more positive with the diet plans yesterday and now a trip to Rome. What's the third plan? There has to be a third.ReplyDelete
Watch this space , I have an ideaDelete
I didn't think that once on a roll you would stop at two. Can't wait to hear what you have planned.Delete
We all have to make an effortDelete
One of the most fun days my daughter and I had on our trips to Italy was in Rome. Had a hilarious taxi driver, showing me pictures of trout he'd caught, and then driving myself, circling the Colosseum, feeling like Cary Grant. You'll enjoy it, no doubt.ReplyDelete
Or was the Gregory Peck?Delete
You're quite right, A lapse on my part.Delete
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Sounds lovely, although I have to admit my very first thought was "GELATO".ReplyDelete
Low fat gelato?Delete
With all those stylish Italian men, you are going to wear a Walking Dead T shirt?????ReplyDelete
That’s great! Good for you! Glad that you are feeling on the up and the holiday will help over the next few months. Dogs are great listeners, well maybe not roger yet who is still a babe. Lovely that Albert joined you. NoreenReplyDelete
He usually walks with us on a local walkDelete
Lovely to have something to look forward to.ReplyDelete
I need thatDelete
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Good for you. Frances SWReplyDelete
I adore Rome. I know I have been for the last time but now have plenty of happy memories to call on.ReplyDelete
Perhaps you can write a blog about your memories of the cityDelete
That sounds like a wonderful thing to look forward to. Rome! What a trip that will be! <3ReplyDelete
I’m hope I g a quick jaunt to Florence too…with a friendDelete
Woo hoo! I love that you’re going to Rome and are excited. Need to talk my sister into another “big” trip soon.ReplyDelete
Yes…..it’s an important trip on so many levelsDelete
When in Rome do as the Romans do and when elsewhere do as they would elsewhere... I am not sure you'll be allowed to wear a "Walking Dead" T-shirt within the precincts of The Vatican City.ReplyDelete
I’ve got a pashminaDelete
Thank you, this is the image I needed today.Delete
I hope you are okDelete
I think planning for travel is at the top of my list as being "good for the soul." Best wishes at WW. XXOReplyDelete
Bonnie in Minneapolis
I missed out on two trips last year through cancellation of flights and they would have done me goodDelete
A holiday to look forward to sounds wonderful. Have you considered trying a keto diet. It was most successful for me I lost many stones and have kept it off for 2 years so far. DebReplyDelete
I’ve read about it thanks debDelete
Currently watching Stanley Tucci on iplayer - the Rome episode. He is going to a restaurant near Termini for the best pasta carbonara of his life. Watch it and take notes, the food is wonderful and Tucci is Devine.ReplyDelete
Just read you are planning a quick trip to Florence…another tip the Procession of the Magi http://www.museumsinflorence.com/musei/chapel_of_the_magi.html
A glorious space.
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I hope so too kylieDelete
Sorry I don’t know why your comment was deleted there xDelete
Your trip to Rome will be fantastic! Plus you've got time to book lots of places and activities while in Rome. Sounds like perfection to me.ReplyDelete
Gotta keep busyDelete
Is that an open invitation to any and sundry friends here?ReplyDelete
Depends , but yesDelete
Oh how lovely John - my 4 will love that - splashing in fountains and all that - must dash 3 of them haven't got passports yet x☕ ⛲🍷Delete
My first stop back into blogging!!!! I'm back in from Budapest, which was jaw dropping gorgeous!!!!! We are supposed to go to Lake Cuomo later this summer. I hope both our trips transpire dear!!! I know you will immerse yourself.ReplyDelete
What I have learned from you is that one should always have an adventure to look forward to.ReplyDelete
Maybe by that time you'll be down to a medium.ReplyDelete
You really did have bad luck with your holiday bookings before. Wonderful to have something to look forward to. I have had some great times visiting Rome and have happy memories. Florence also, and just love people watching and absorbing the atmosphere while having a coffee or on a walk. So much to see too!ReplyDelete
I love Rome, we took my son there as a celebration of him getting his Masters degree and we all loved it. You need to be sat outside one of the pavement cafes overlooking the Coliseum eating pasta, drinking wine and watching the world go by, it's a lovely feeling.ReplyDelete
Something to really look forward to, and I always think Rome is more doable as a single person than Paris, with all it's loved up couples. Although who knows ...
Go and enjoy life.ReplyDelete
Document it for us unlucky few…. What’s your Insta handle?ReplyDelete
Roger "smiled to hmself"ReplyDelete
Who are you? Enid bloody Blyton?
Cut the fantasy and stick to the facts.
Dogs smile - fact 🐶Delete
Bravo! So glad you booked the trip. It makes a huge difference to have a voyage to look forward to...at least for me. Catch up with me when you come through London!ReplyDelete
I have a few interesting sad stories about Rome. Have a wonderful time.ReplyDelete