|Roma, Roma, Roma!!|
Most touristy moment
When I considered almost buying a 2013 calendar of cute young Roman Catholic priests (believe me they were bloomin' gorgeous)!
Freak out moment
When I arrived in Bologna train station and realised that my connecting train had been cancelled due to a train drivers strike (only in Italy). Was pretty impressed that I didn't panic too much (am crediting daily meditation for my zen calm) and instead immediately when into alternative route planning mode (am such an earth personality type).
Got to be a 4 cheese and zucchini flower pizza washed down with a cold beer (see pic-yum yum), served at a back-to-basics pizzeria filled with locals and colourful banter. (If you're ever in Rome check this place out: Barfetto 2 on Piazza del Teatro di Pompeo near Piazza Navona).
Scariest cab driver
Taxi guy who picked me up in Bologna, when he missed the junction, he actually contemplated stopping and reversing back up the motorway, thankfully he decided against it!!
Most awe inspiring moment
Driving up to the health lodge in the stunning Dolomites (1800 metres up, see pic below) made the tiresome and expensive journey from Rome worthwhile.
|The Dolomites (in arty photo mode)|
Restaurant waiter on my first night who insisted that I didn't tip, as I should come back the next night and go out with him (as if)! Needless to say I left the tip and never returned to that restaurant.
Weirdest spa treatment
The hay pack where you are essentially covered head to toe in wet hay (yes hay, the stuff horses eat!) and wrapped up in layers of towels and plastic sheeting and then left for an hour floating on a water bed, until someone came to unravel you. It was meant to detox you but all it really did was leave me with a troublesome shower situation and a certain smell which took a while to disappear!