Monday, June 16

Cornwall Weekend

With my house resembling a bomb-site following a house party the previous night I escaped the mayhem and headed to Cornwall.
Charlotte, my old housemate, had very kindly invited us for a weekend of TLC at her stunning house on the water. 
There was nothing I could have wanted more.
Charlotte is the best hostess I know and we arrived to warm scones, cake and tea. The dream.
We spent Saturday evening playing boardgames and sipping champagne.

The bay was pretty cloudy that evening, but it didn't stop us from utilising the BBQ for dinner.

After our delicious dinner we lazed around enjoying each others company then headed up to our respective rooms. Alice and I were in my favourite room with a serious beachy theme. It's so cute. 
Al can't pose normally for a photo...

The next morning Charlotte whipped up a huge stack of chocolate chip waffles. It's safe to say I did not hold back!
The other girls were fuelling up prior to their dip in the sea.

I could feel a cold coming on so I sat on the shore and played photographer whilst they frolicked in the water. 
It didn't take long before they could brave the cold no more and joined me on the sand.

We returned to a house filled with amazing aromas. Whilst the lamb sizzled away we snuggled up and watched Frozen.

I couldn't remember the last time I'd had a proper Sunday roast. 
I'll let the pictures do the talking..

As always Charlotte and her lovely family had gone above and beyond.
We couldn't have been more well looked after.
I left about a stone heavier, but it was totally worth it.

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Thursday, June 12

Venice 2

We began our penultimate day by heading to the market. There were fresh fruits and veg left, right and centre.
If I had a larger luggage allowance I would have stuffed my bag full of baby artichokes, juicy donut peaches and perfectly ripe little apricots.
Instead we oogled at all the colours and watched in awe as the fishmongers prepped fish for customers at lightening speed.

Before lunch we wanted to squeeze in some culture so we visited a grand palace.
(Grandma is getting good at taking pics isn't she!)

Our palace of choice was Ca' Rezzonico which was on the Grand Canal.
You weren't allowed to take photos but I snuck one of this statue I was rather taken by.
There was something about the stone being carved into such delicate looking fabric that I loved.
The rest of the palace was unbelievably gaudy and over the top, but it was interesting to see.

It was then time for lunch. We sat in a square - Cambo San Barnaba - and ate delicious pasta followed by gelato for good measure.
Grom is one of my favourite Italian ice cream shops - the consistency is unbeatable.

That afternoon we hit the Penny Guggenheim museum which is full of modern art. 
I particularly liked the bits in the gardens.
As an OAP and a student we're quite a cheap combo when it comes to museum tickets! 
Neither of us like to take hours staring at paintings so we zipped around the various rooms pretty speedily.

Grandma is a huge fan of opera and had never made it to La Fenice - the opera house in Venice - so she bought us tickets to go during our trip. I've been lucky to go to many operas with her over the years, mainly in London, and they're so enjoyable.
I was particularly excited to go to such a grand opera house.

We had an early dinner in the opera house square where we were in prime people-watching position.
Sitting outside in the warm evening air we shared a caprese salad to start accompanied by bellinis.
When in Rome Venice and all that.

I couldn't resist the lobster tagliatelle and Grandma opted for a lemon sole. 

We watched on as the square filled with opera-goers all dressed to the nines.
There were fur coats, endless sparkles and tailored suits.
The inside of La Fenice was like somewhere you'd find in a Gossip Girl scene. Chandeliers hung all over the ceilings and everything was adorned in gold leaf.

Unlike most opera houses where there are stalls, balconies and boxes, here there we just stalls and boxes.. so a box it was!
Now I was really feeling like I was in Gossip Girl.

There was gold galore.
It felt so surreal every time I looked up. I don't think I've ever been somewhere quite so ornate. 
There were details in every corner, you could look at it for days and still not notice everything.

The opera - Tosca - was wonderful. It's an Italian tragedy, but luckily they had the surtitles in English too!
We walked back home and admired Venice by night. It's quite something.

On our final morning we went for one last stroll along the countless canals.
A watertaxi was waiting to take us back to the airport when we returned.

We zoomed away from the floating city sad to say goodbye.. Until next time Venice.
I'd like to say a huuuge thank you to my wonderful Grandma for such a special few days. 

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