When two people are travelling together, there are bound to be some things that the one didn’t enjoy quite as much as the other one. I think it’s a good idea to reflect on the trip afterwards, to learn from possible mistakes and to better plan for the next one. So… the verdict is out on our Ciao Italy 2014 trip:
High Point: The Ferrari museum. I enjoyed seeing the cars in the museum, as well as those driving around in the streets outside.
Low Point: Not being able to drive a Ferrari myself. Also the smell in Florence from the drains in the hot weather. Missing the flight back to South Africa and having to wait eight hours for another flight. Then, the two and half hour wait in the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport for the idiot who wouldn’t give up his seat after half the plane had to be evacuated due to a faulty emergency exit.
Comments: It was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday and I would love to go back one day, in the summer again, driving a convertible along the Amalfi coast.
Holiday Rating: 9/10
High Point: In retrospect, pretty much everything about this holiday was a high point. We visited so many beautiful places and saw so many wonderful things, it’s quite difficult to pick a favourite. If I had to choose just one thing though, it would have to be the week we spent in Venice. I killed my feet that week, but it was soooo worth it. Have I mentioned how much I love Venice?
Low Point: There were many things that went wrong on this holiday (check out the post entitled “A Comedy of Errors”), but I think the lowest low point was probably trying to find the boat to Cinque Terre. That was a really awful, hot morning. Also, driving in general was a low point for me, because it was so stressful and because we got lost so many times. We didn’t drive at all in Venice – another reason to love that city!
Comments: The initial plan for the holiday was to spend a week each in three cities: Florence, Venice and Rome. As it turns out, I’m not that much of a city girl. I really loved the parts of our trip that included some aspect of nature, such as the boat trips at Lake Garda and Cinque Terre (and me with my terrible boating track record!). We realised that although we love history and archaeology, we’re not at all interested in art museums, even if they feature such iconic works as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus.
Holiday Rating: 8/10
No idea which trip we’re talking about? Check out these posts:
- Announcing: Ciao Italy 2014!
- A Comedy of Errors
- Driving in Italy – “Just a Suggestion”
- Living Like Locals
- A Festival in Orvieto
- Within the Walls of Lucca
- Cinque Terre: How Not To Do It
- Cinque Terre by Boat
- A Tower, a Church and a Pizza
- Florence: Renaissance City (Day 1)
- Florence: Renaissance City (Day 2)
- A Boy and His Red Stallion
- Gallivanting Around Lake Garda
- Wherefor Art Thou, Fair Verona?
- Veni Etiam Venezia
- My Top 10 Highlights of Venice
- Three Lesser Known Venetian Islands
- Following in Indy’s Footsteps and Meeting Da Vinci in Venice
- Inside the Doge’s Palace
- Conquering the Colosseum
- A Brush with History in the Roman Forum
- Our Self-Guided Angels & Demons Tour of Rome
- Of Castles and Holy Angels – Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo
- A Musical Interlude at the Pantheon in Rome
- Scammed in the Borghese Gardens
- Our Five Favourite Fountains in Rome
- Celebrating My Birthday in the Vatican City
For all the posts in the Ciao Italy 2014 series, click here.