With the end of year festivities again just round the corner, I scored 2 weeks off work to be able to focus a little on coursework before the busy period hits. That also means a month’s worth of Christmas songs being blared over the speakers every single shift. On the upside, everyone seems to be in good spirits donning Santa hats, reindeer antlers and plenty of tinsel scattered around the place.
Before this all hits, this is the calm before the storm. As the Stark family states: “Winter is coming.”
It’s probably a little too early to think about it right now, but I’ve been looking into a month-long tour of Europe by train next year. An idea suggested by a friend turned into more than an idea, and the plan is to go round Europe as our way of celebrating graduating next year.
Right now we are at the stage of researching places to visit and take it from there.
In previous years I’ve been to Rome and Paris twice, Barcelona, Dublin and toured Florence, Naples and Venice. My travels are sorely lacking on the Eastern European side, so the aim is a combination of places we want to revisit (visiting old friends and such) and places we’ve never been before (or heard of but is recommended).
I’m also seriously considering signing up and training for next year’s Edinburgh marathon. I’m fully aware of the required training and dietary commitments to be able to run a marathon, and my friends think I’m bonkers, but if I fully commit it’s something I’ll be proud to cross off my bucket list.
Another brilliant house light show, this time to the tune of Nutrocker….
And so the holiday season begins, so I’ll be posting a few holiday themed posts. Beginning with a fantastic house light display…
And so, to showcase the song stuck in my head for the entire holiday….
Shuffling in Rome
Shuffling in Florence
Shuffling in Venice
Shuffling in Naples
And on that note, this ends my Shuffling in Italy posts. As fun as it was, back to think of something else now….
A couple days before we sadly had to head back home, we went for one final day trip to Naples. Aside from Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, I initially felt that there wasn’t much to explore that I wouldn’t find interesting.
Like Venice, Inkle and Twinkle went their own way and did some exploring of their own. Tour Guide and I wandered round the main central shopping areas, and spent several hours in the public park alone. We were also a little wary, as it kept threatening to rain though thankfully it never did.
Big big library - restrictions are you have to be an Italian national to enter
Long way to the park
And of course, when in Naples you have to try out the pizza – it seems to be a recurring theme in most “things to do in Naples” lists.
A pretty good pizza - mozzarella cheese, basil, bacon and roast potato slices
And tomorrow, the shuffling post – a certain song was stuck in my and Inkle’s heads for the whole holiday, and so a post will be dedicated to that song….
A couple days after Venice, it was time for the zoo!!
The long road to the zoo....
Stairway to........ the birdhouse
Hungry hungry tortoises
Not much to write about on the zoo front, just sit back and enjoy the pictures….
Lying in wait
I'm assuming he just ate
This is a little creepy
Probably waiting for something
Relaxing on a branch
More tomorrow, when Naples is next up….