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Another beautiful day in Sardinia. The weather has been lovely. Daddy hates when it’s stinking hot like the last time were in Italy and it was 40+ degrees. Here it has been averaging 28 which is perfect, warm and sunny enough to go swimming and for mummy to top up her tan (although I don’t know why because I bet when we are back in London she will be wearing jeans and jumpers – no one will see this tan).

Our third day here was a nice lazy day spent on the beach and in the pool. Mummy and daddy took turns to go for an early morning swim in the beach before we woke up. Then after some brekky daddy took me to the playground and we then met mummy and Ophelia at the beach. Daddy bought me some arm bands yesterday to help with my swimming. I love them!! As soon as I got in the water off I went, I left them behind and just paddled out to sea (well almost daddy was very close behind me). To be honest as much as I like the beach the salt water does not taste very nice and it hurts my eyes a little. I much prefer the warm resort pool.

I think I spent about two hours in the water between the pool and the beach. I love my new arm bands!

After a while I got a bit tired and mummy said we had been in the sun long enough so it was time for lunch – delicious cheese and ham sandwiches and some fresh fruit.

After a quick midday nap it was time to go back out to the beach. This time Ophelia slept so both mummy and daddy got in the water with me. Daddy took me almost as far as the orange bouys, it was very exciting and a little scary. I don’t like swimming over the seaweed. We built some sand castles and then went back into the resort pool again.

We decided to make out own dinner tonight, I had a mushroom risotto and mummy and daddy tried some giant ravioli’s with a surprise filling. They can’t read Italian and there were no pictures of to gives hints of what it was filled with so it was a surprise dinner luckily it was a tasty cheese. I really enjoyed their pasta aswell. I was exhausted and after playing up for a little bit I finally went to to sleep. Mummy has been surprised that even though I am so tired at night I am refusing to go straight to sleep. I am just so happy to be on holiday I don’t want to miss a minute of it!

H x

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Come back to Sorrento

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Most of you know we are back in London and have been for the past 5 days and I still haven’t updated my blog with the rest of our trip, well I am going to place most of the blame on mummy as she is so busy all the time.  She has been promising for days to finish but hasn’t got round to it.

So our last few days were spent in Sorrento, with a little less sightseeing and a little more relaxing, so I will update all about the rest of our Italy trip in this last blog entry.  Then I have a few other goodies to include about our time so far in London.

Sorrento

After our huge day in Rome and delicious dinner for mummy and daddy, they took their time at breakfast and checked out then we made our way down the coast of Italy to Sorrento, which is just south of Naples.  Although mummy and daddy did very well with their navigating and driving, and made a huge improvement since they first hired the car, we got very lost in Sorrento trying to find our hotel.  In fact I woke up to them trying to figure out which direction we were heading and whether or not we were driving the wrong way down a one way street…. which we were.  After being lost for an hour in the very narrow and confusing streets of Sorrento we found our hotel.  To be honest it didn’t look that great from the outside but we were happy to give it a go, as it said 4 star on the internet.  Once we got inside however, we knew from then, we were not going to like this place.  Firstly it was 4km from the middle of Sorrento which meant we had to catch a bus, there were no restaurants near us and there was just one beach which you had to pay for.  I won’t go on too much but the room was a level up from a hostel and they didn’t even give me sheets for my cot!  So mummy and daddy emailed our travel agent and hoped to get a refund, but of course we had to stay the first night here.

The private beach

The sunset view from our Suite

Beautiful Sorrento at night

In the morning we checked out after a very lame breakfast and drove into the main part of Sorrento.  Much better! Daddy was feeling very generous and forked out for a sweet pad on the cliffs, very swanky indeed.  He checked out a room and a suite, and decided we would be much more comfortable in a suite.  What a nice way to finish our trip.  It was more like a 6 star hotel, it was amazing!  The hotel had a private beach and I practically had my own room.  It had a little balcony with an amazing view over the coast and Mt Vesuvius. The water looked so blue and inviting so we immediately got our beach things together and went swimming and a little a sleep on the deck.  It was very relaxing, such a nice way to finish our hectic but very fun holiday. We wanted to relax for the next few days, no more sightseeing just a bit of r’n’r.

Swimming with Daddy

Working on my tan

In the evening mummy got all dressed up for the a sunset dinner down the road at a restaurant called Photo.  I had other plans and woke up halfway through their romantic meal and I wasn’t a happy bunny so daddy missed out on dessert again.

All dressed up for our Sunset dinner

The next day was spent sunning ourselves and swimming.  I am getting really good at kicking my legs and I try to put my head under the water to see the fish.  I can’t wait for mummy to take me to swimming lessons next summer.   It was our last night in Sorrento so mummy and daddy were just going to go get a pizza for dinner when they stumbled onto a really nice restaurant out on the water.  It was still very warm and mummy had one more nice dress to wear. So she got all dressed up again and they had a beautiful seafood dinner.  Daddy really spoilt her, so I was a really good girl all night so they got to have a very romantic meal by the water.

Chilling by the pool with my handsome daddy

The restaurant on the water

Mummy and daddy playing on these funny balanced spinning chairs at the restaurant

Mt Vesuvius

We had one more swim in the morning, as it will be our last for a very long time, then we drove to Rome. We were sad to check out of our plush pad but we had one more night in Italy, which was already booked to stay in a hotel nearer the airport.  It was a pretty good hotel and they did a fantastic pizza, not that I got to try any!

Stealing my daddies sunglasses

Cuddling my favourite toy on the big suite bed

Having pizza on our last night in Italy

I have had the best time in Italy, I am a very lucky girl.  Mummy had planned such a great holiday, I saw and learnt so much. Daddy spoilt us and I caught him looking on the internet for ideas for our next holiday. I hope it’s a winter holiday in the snow (hint hint).

We had one more plane ride which wasn’t as epic and long as my first ones, thankfully.  I slept the whole way to London and had my first black cab ride to our next destination: Cherrywood lane Morden. Luckily for us London welcomed us with sunny blue skies, what a nice way to start our next adventure – living in London.

H x

When in Rome….

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There is so much to see and do in Rome and mummy sure had a big day planned for us.  Our first stop was to see the pope talk at the Vatican.  He speaks to the public every Sunday at noon.  We didn’t quite make it into the Basilica but they broadcast him in St Peters square. We took loads of photo’s and listened to him for a little while.  I didn’t really know what he was saying as my Italian is very limited to the few words I hear every day… mostly ‘ bellisima, bella, bambina, grazi, prego, ciao’ etc.  The Basilica was really beautiful but I wasn’t really in the mood for it and decided to have a little tantrum.  It’s a little game I have learnt to play whilst on this holiday. You see, I am not really a noisy baby but when I know I have to be on my best behaviour, like in museums, art galleries or churches I decide to practise using my words and I make some unreal sounds.  I also squirm in the pram or in daddy’s arms and I make all sorts of funny loud noises.  It’s a little bit embarrassing for mummy and daddy but hilarious for me.

Listening to the pope talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cracking up in the Basilica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was Piazza Navona for lunch and onto the Pantheon, another gigantic building.  The Romans liked to build things to a very large scale. This Roman temple has been standing for over 2000 years.

Pantheon

Fun Fact #4:  The Pantheon’s diameter is exactly equal to the interior height of 43.3m. Light enters through the oculus, an 8.7m opening in the dome that serves as a symbolic connection between the temple and the gods.  Rainwater enters but drains away through 22 almost invisible holes in the sloping marble floor.

The Colosseum was our next stop.  Another 2000 year, old huge building built in AD 80. I was asleep through most of this sightseeing opportunity but woke just at the end so mummy and daddy could get some family photos and share a few fun facts.

On the look out in the Colosseum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun fact #5: When the building was finished on the Colosseum, to mark the occasion they held games here for 100 days and nights during which 5000 animals were slaughtered (insert sad face, those poor animals).  However this wasn’t the worst killing spree, Trajan later topped this with a 117 day marathon involving 9,000 gladiators and 10,000 animals.

Today was another really hot day and by this time I was getting very uncomfortable in my pram.  We stopped by a watermelon cart and mummy put some in my little blue container.  This has to be my favourite fruit so far! Daddy’s feet were starting to get sore and it was getting close to dinner time so there was just one more stop on our tour of Rome.  Mummy saved the best for last, well her favourite for last.  Bocca della verita, made famous from the movie, the Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn.  ‘Bocca della verita’ is Italian for ‘Mouth of Truth’.  Legend has it, that if you put your hand in its mouth and tell a secret, if it is true, you keep your hand but if it is a lie, the mouth takes off your hand.  Luckily both mummy and daddy told the truth with whatever they told the face and they kept both their hands.

Bocca Della Verita - The mouth of Truth

We were nowhere near our hotel so we walked all the way home so mummy could get my food ready for dinner and put me to sleep.  It was such a big day so I slept as soon as my head hit the pillow.  However mummy and daddy went out with me asleep in the pram.  They were just going to go for pizza but ended up having the best meal of the holiday.  It was a little restaurant across the road from our hotel ‘Locarno’.  They chose the 5 course degustation menu, first course was complimentary of the chef, a fried prawn – my crazy parents ate the whole prawn, head and tail, Gross! I spit out my beef and vegetables, I can’t imagine eating  a whole prawn! Then they had the first course which was fried pumpkin flowers with mozzarella and tomato, this was one of mummy’s favourites, she thought it tasted a lot like zucchini flowers.  Next course was the most delicious pasta with a tomato sauce and crispy ham, this was both mummy and daddy’s favourite.  Next they had spaghetti with a cheese and pepper sauce. Then the final savoury course was fried cod with white truffle and chick peas, also very delicious.  I think this was both mummy and daddy’s first time trying truffle and to finish off they had the most amazing chocolate soufflé for mummy and pistachio soufflé for daddy.  By this time they had, a couple bottles of wine and their stomachs were very full so it was time to go to bed!  Wow, what a huge day for us all.

H x

Having a rest with my daddy

Roman holiday

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Goodness I have quite a lot of blogging to catch up on! I am sorry I have been a bit a slack lately.

After our adventurous day driving around Tuscany, our next stop was Rome.  I was such a good girl and slept the whole way, which was about 2 ½ hours drive.  We found the hotel really easily and it was really nice.  It had a cool garden restaurant between the two hotel buildings.  The only downfall was that it had a very old lift, one of those ones where it has two doors that you have to open and close each time you get in and out of it. My pram didn’t fit inside, so daddy had to carry me up the three flights of stairs each day.  Since we arrived in Rome fairly early afternoon mummy thought we should get a little bit of sightseeing in before dinner, the Trevi fountain wasn’t too far from the hotel, so off we went.  I fell asleep on the way and missed out on seeing how pretty it is, but mummy and daddy took some photo’s.

Trevi Fountain, Rome

It was such a hot afternoon, so we sat inside a nice air conditioned restaurant for dinner.  I had lamb and vegetables, this was my first time trying lamb and I really liked it.  Mummy and daddy stuck to eating a very healthy salad.  The Spanish steps were just around the corner from the restaurant, so we took a detour on our way back to the hotel.  Those steps seem to go on forever.  Daddy was glad he didn’t have to carry me and my pram up them.

Spanish Steps

We had an early night because mummy had planned a very busy day tomorrow.

H x

Lean on me

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Can you guess where we went today?

We took a drive to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  We found some free parking about 3km from the Tower, it was nice to walk around and a chance to burn off some of the carbs we have been eating… well mummy and daddy need to burn off those carbs.  It was another hot day, at least 40 degrees, we are tanning up nicely.  It was a late start this morning so when we got to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it was already lunch time.  After a quick bite to eat, it was time to put on my best smiles for the Leaning Tower of Pisa photo’s. The Tower is in a park so we had a lay down in the grass, and I fell asleep while mummy and daddy took the standard Leaning Tower of Pisa photo’s.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Climbing the Tower

 

Mummy tried to get it straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just chilling out with daddy

On the way back to the car mummy and daddy had a gelato.  Mummy loves the Gelato, but I still haven’t tried it.  I don’t know if it is a coincidence but they always seem to have it when I am asleep, so daddy can’t sneak me any.  We drove the long way home so we could stop at a few nice places in the Wine country.  Tuscany is so beautiful, full of gorgeous vineyards and sunflower fields.  Our first stop was in San Gimignano, a pretty medieval walled city, famous for it’s towers.  There was once 72 towers, but now there are only 14.  It offers amazing panaormanic views of Tuscany and delicious wine shops, filled with homemade pasta sauces, pasta, salami’s and cheeses.

San Gimignano Towers in the background

Wineries in Siena

 

 

Beautiful views of Tuscany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was Siena and by this time the sun was beginning to set, so we stopped here for dinner. We found a gorgeous restaurant, tucked away in a little alley.  It was a stone walled building at the base of a tower. Mummy had Steak with pears and traditional Tuscan white beans and daddy had Chicken with a berry sauce.  I was being a little bit cheeky and wouldn’t go to sleep so mummy and daddy had to eat their dessert very quickly and take me back to the hotel for a sleep.  It was another big day and for the most part I was very good.  Tomorrow we are driving to Rome.

H x

My friend, my love, my David.

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I got in touch with my cultural side today.  Mummy had a very artistic day planned for us, firstly we took the road right outside of our hotel down to Ponte Vecchio.  Ponte Vecchio is a medievil bridge crossing the Arno River, it was once the main route into the city centre.

The Arno River

Fun Fact # 3:  Ponte Vecchio means Old Bridge.  The Bridge was originally made out of wood but a flood in 1333 destroyed it.  Today it is built of stone and is lined with leather and jewelry shops, hawking their craft learned through the ages.

When mummy was at school, her favourite subject was art and she wasn’t too bad at it.  She had 2 favourite artworks, one of those was Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’.  This was next on our cultural tour of Florence.  It is located in the Uffizi Gallery, a 16th century building which was the first museum open to the public, making this the oldest Museum in the world.  There is a whole room dedicated to Botticelli’s works.  I have to admit, this museum was a bit dull for a little baby and everyone is so quiet.  For one normally quiet baby, I found my voice here and it echoes!

Birth of Venus

We took a walk past the Bargello – the medieval palace and then carried onto the Piazza Duomo which was quite impressive. It is massive and very different to the Duomo in Milan and Venice as it has a more gothic style to it.   We spent a little bit of time here as mummy was trying all different settings on her camera, she has been embracing her inner tourist.  A quick ice coffee for mummy and daddy and milk for me and we moved onto the Accedemia Galleria.  The home of Michelangelo’s statue of ‘David’. WOW! What a man.  The statue is HUGE! It has definitely been a highlight of the day, I can’t believe I have seen so many famous works of art in one day.

Hanging out near the Duomo

David

We had to really call it a day after seeing The birth of Venus and David, I mean lets be honest everything else would have been a bit underwhelming.  So we walked through the leather markets and took an unplanned detour home to our Hotel.  We finished our day with one more sightseeing opportunity.  Luckily enough we are staying right next to one, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella another gothic piece of architecture.

Mummy and daddy had a Brontosaurus steak dinner that would make Omi and Sally’s Dino steaks look like lamb cutlets.  We met some lovely people travelling from India on our way home, they gave me lots of cuddles.  Once again I have been very popular, not to blow my own trumpet.  I am about to get into my cot and have a nice sleep before our adventure tomorrow. Stayed tuned…. I am giving nothing away.

When mummy said I could try some steak, I didn't think she meant I could eat a whole cow.

My new friend, Manjula

H x

Under the Tuscan Sun

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I waved goodbye to Venice today, and although it is very complicated for small baby like myself to get around, and have my nappy changed, it was such a beautiful city and I am sorry to leave it.  However we must continue on our adventure around Italy so our next overnight stop is Florence.

We got up fairly early this morning to repack our bags and make our way to Florence.  We had one last trip down the Grand Canal all the way to the parking station.  It should have been one quick move, throw the bags in Silverfox and head off, back on the right side of the road, BUT mummy lost the parking ticket.  She can be so blonde sometimes! It wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds, it was just one little bump in the road.  Mummy had planned to stop in Bologna for lunch, it was much easier finding our way round Italy this time, as daddy had internet on his phone.  We stopped for lunch and an ice cream, but since we wasted time with the lost parking ticket we were a little behind schedule so we got straight back in the car and drove through Tuscany to Florence.  Mummy’s driving had really improved and she was getting used to driving on the right side and going a lot faster down the motorway.

The drive to Florence was really beautiful.  We drove through the mountains and through tunnels under the mountains.  The trees were bright green, yellow and orange.  We will be sightseeing through the wine country in a few days so I will get mummy to take lots of photo’s.  It was a bit of a photo free day as we were mostly in Silverfox.

Daddy thinks I am going to crawl very soon, I keep sticking my bottom in the air and I can get anywhere with a mix of rolling, turning and pulling myself.  I will keep practising and let you all know when it happens. I have also discovered my reflection in the mirror.  I start laughing and smiling anytime there is a mirror around.

Who is that really really goodlooking baby that follows me around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful comments. I am really glad your enjoying my blog.  I am having lots of fun writing it and reading your comments puts a big smile on my face.  I am sorry I don’t get to reply to every message but please know that I read them all and they make me really miss each and every one of you.

H x

Our Hotel in Florence

Cooling off at the Lido

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Just a quick update today….

I had my first trip to the beach! The beaches are very different to the ones in Australia, the sand is a lot darker and the water is not as clear but I still managed to have a lot of fun.  We caught the No 1 waterbus to the Lido and we hired a little cabana, with an umbrella and chair. Mummy and daddy bought me a floating toy so I could kick about on my own, I am really good at swimming already.  I also had a play in the sand and although mummy says sand isn’t on my menu yet, I ate some anyway.

After my awesome day at the beach we caught the waterbus down the Grand Canal to the Rialto markets.  We had a little look around and bought some fresh fruit for tomorrow’s road trip to Florence.

H x

Sand!

Swimming with my handsome daddy

mmm gritty....

My first beach swim in the Lido.

Kick kick kick...

The Tourist

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Venice is so beautiful and interesting, it’s like a fun game everytime you walk out the hotel door… where will this little alleyway lead me?

Gondala's

I slept very well last night and was ready for another big adventure around Venice.  Whilst mummy was fussying about with her makeup and hair etc daddy took me out for a little walk after brekky.  Once mummy was ready she joined us and we walked all around Venice.  We looked at the very nice designer boutiques in Calle Larga Marzo, daddy really picked up the pace down that street.  Then we made our way down to Campo San Maurizo and stopped for some milk and ice coffee.  I get lots of attention where ever we stop or walk, the Italians love me.  They get down to my eye level and talk incredibly fast in Italian, I can’t understand them but I am pretty sure they are telling me how cute I am.

The Grand Canal

Just a heads up for any other baby’s out there wanting to go to Venice, it’s not very pram friendly!  There is a little bridge every couple of metres, which means daddy has to pick the pram up and carry me over, he is getting a really good work out on his guns.

Working on daddy's guns

We admired the Grand Canal after coffee.  Much to daddy’s disappointment we had to cross a big bridge to look at how beautiful it was.  At the top of the bridge I noticed there were lots of gold padlocks on the railings with initials and love hearts on them.  Daddy explained to me that couples in love are  paying tribute to their eternal love.  Couples write a message of love on the lock, affix it to any permanent structure on the bridge, and throw the key into the water below. I think mummy and daddy should buy a lock and do the same.

The beautiful Grand Canal

 

 

 

 

 

Locks of love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gelato here is amazing….well so I am told.  Mummy won’t let me have any but daddy keeps promising to sneak me some when she isn’t watching.  So far they have tried chocolate, kiwi, peach, mango and melon and I don’t think they can choose a favourite, they are all delicious.

Cooling down with some ice in my little blue bag

After lunch and Gelato, it was getting ridiculously hot and I got very uncomfortable, I don’t think I am cut out for this heat. Good thing I am moving to a cold country.  We went back to the hotel room for a quick nap and a cool down.

Play time in the hotel room

In the evening we walked around Piazza San Marco and admired the massive buildings and artwork. We bought some new hats and mummy tried on some of the Carnivale masks. She looked very funny! We wanted to go for a nice meal over the canal, at Guidecca how ever I had other ideas.  It was a nice boat trip over but I was still too hot and bothered so I cried and chucked a few tantrums until mummy and daddy took me home.  They had to find a restaurant that did some very nice takeaway, so they didn’t go hungry.  I think they had some very nice Eggplant gnocci – Omi would have loved it!

Piazza San Marco

 

The Carnivale masks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching the sunset with daddy....before my tantrum.

 

Catching the boat to Guidecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope we go to the beach tomorrow, I need to cool down and try out my cozzie from Kerry and Joel.

H x

Where for art thou?

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Day two in Italy and we are off on another adventure.  Today our road trip begins.

We have been very good with Milano’s public transport,  it has been really easy to figure out thanks to mummy’s exceptional navigational skills.  We have tried them all, taxi, bus, train and of course the plane we arrived in.  Today after breakfast we checked out of our Hotel – Hotel Madison, Best Western Milano, and caught the bus to Linate airport to pick up our sweet ride for the rest of our trip.  ‘Silver fox’ is a very nice silver Peugeot Station Wagon.  Once we had our wheels we decided it was a little bit too late to go to Lake Como, so we drove onto the A4 to get to Venice via Verona.  Sounds easy enough, unless you have never driven a manual left hand drive, on the opposite side of the road.  It took us a couple of tries to get out of the car park, mummy kept trying to change the gears near the door! It was little bit scary, the Italians drive very fast and are a bit impatient if you are going too slow.

Fun Fact #2: On the Italian Motorways you can travel 130km/h.

Verona

Romeo, Romeo where for art thou?

 

 

The love Graffiti near Juliet's balcony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few wrong turns and exits later we arrived in Verona.  It was really beautiful, such a quaint and romantic kind of city.  Mummy had told me the story of Romeo and Juliet and how it was based in fair Verona, so we visited Juliet’s balcony.  What a gorgeous building and on the outside of it there were lots and lots of graffiti, but it was graffiti about love, painted in all different colours. It was kind of pretty so we took some pictures here.

The main square of Verona was surrounded by painted buildings and lots of markets in the middle.  The markets sold all sorts of things from fruit, hats, t-shirts and fancy masks. Some of the masks were elegant and very detailed and some were a little bit scary. Daddy took me wandering through the markets whilst mummy took lots of photos.

Shopping in the Piazza, Verona

 

 

 

All the scary and beautiful masks

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the road again, we noticed that the outside temperature had reached its max for the day a balmy 43 degrees Celsius. What’s it like back in Australia?

 

Silverfox

Fun fact #3: Venice is built on 117 small islands connected by 400 bridges over 150 canals.

We parked our car in a big parking lot –Tronchetto, just outside of Venice and caught the ferry to San Marco.  Wow Piazza San Marco is massive!  Unfortunately we didn’t stop long to admire how beautiful it was because we wanted to find our hotel and have a shower, we have plenty of time for that over the next three days. It was still very hot and we had been walking around with our bags for a while.  Venice is like a maze and when you haven’t got a map for it, it can be very difficult to find your way.  We learnt the hard way when mummy couldn’t find the hotel.  We walked for ages and poor daddy looked a bit like a sweaty pack horse carrying all the big heavy bags.

Catching the ferry to San Marco

I fell asleep after a shower and a feed from mummy, but daddy told me they went out for dinner and a little stroll down some of the narrow alleys and canals.  I went along of course in my pram, but I didn’t see any of it as I was sound asleep after another big day.

H x