I was planning on doing 19 days in Italy but the way the uk is being run its likely we’re going into a second lockdown.
Even these 4 days I’m taking a risk. Last minute I decided to just go to rome again but up until then the 19 days i had no agenda but to start in Milan.
I used to overthink and try and cram everything into a short trip which resulted in a lot of stress where I could of been relaxing and taking more in on less sites.
I apologise to my ex who never really got a beach day because I wanted a trip to the next town, and to my mother who i dragged to Barcelona for the day from sunny salou (we got drenched)
So i decided i need to relax a little bit more.
I first tried this in Lloret De Mar in march, the first time I had travelled on my own for a few years.
The place was either on the verge of lockdown or it was out of season and no where was open
So instead of relaxing on the beach with some strawberry daiquiris I spent the first 2 days walking everywhere trying to find somewhere that was open (McDonald’s)
I saw all the sites on the first day and I was just left thinking what am I doing here (I even tried to get an early flight)
Anyway that leads me back to Rome.
I came here this time with the intention of having no Agenda like my original trip, so that’s how I played today my first full day…
Had a long lie in, didn’t feel like going to breakfast
Woke up and read some Ryan Holidays ‘Lives of the stoics’ (When in rome) on the balcony till about midday.
Then I got hungry so I went on the hunt.
After a few wrong turns I found my self trying to cross the road
Fuck why is crossing a road so hard
The green man comes on (which in the uk means your safe to walk) so I cross then traffic comes flying round the corner
So I took several diversions just to avoid crossing the road
Which meant I’m lost.
But with all these diversions I stumbled across the tiber river which was a nice little walk up to the castle
I then decided to head inland towards the Pantheon which from my last visit I knew there was food
I didn’t find it but stumbled across the Piazza Navona which was stunning and oh loads of food
I went to the one that was fairly busy with the best view sat down and looked at the menu
Oh shit these prices are ridiculous and no strawberry daiquiris, bad call.
So I ordered some chips €7 ouch and some other strawberry drink which wasn’t that nice
But the view was amazing
Then some girl dressed in blue with blond hair was wondering around recording everything
I think I fell in love, i was waiting for my bill which took forever and by the time I had paid she was out of sight
Not like I would of had the balls to talk to her but ones mind can pretend they would.
After I had eaten and had a drink I was a little more relaxed
I just wondered around for a bit trying to find my way back to the Colosseum area
Rome seems to be completely different this time around… yea I got lost.
Anyway I found my way back went and sat with my pal Marcus Aurelius for a bit
And headed back to the hotel with a detour to some shops which took longer than I expected
The day isn’t over and I’ve done nearly 30,000 steps
This no agenda thing isn’t quite working.
I’ve just mostly walked and stumbled across a few nice things without really experiencing anything new
So I’ve planned my evening
I’m going to head to Fount Trevi because from my last trip its stunning at night plenty to drink and loads to eat
Then tomorrow I’m going to head to Vatican City providing I can cross road