Hi guys, I just got back from a week of carbing it up in Italy last Sunday - I have been filming my adventures along the way. I decided it would be better to look back on videos rather than just photographs ... wow, why didn't I think of this sooner?
Italy is a lovely country from what we saw of Rome and the Amalfi Coast; very picturesque and clean.
Rome's streets are sprinkled with bold orange trees, cobbled pavements and sky-high houses with traditional slat shutter windows. The roads are bustling with traffic -mainly Smartcars, as you will see from my 2nd vlog I just couldn't resist doing a Smartcar-O-meter count- but along your travels you will see and feel that it is very chilled out compared to London. Locals sit out front of cafes or restaurants and socialise, no one seems to rush around too much. I guess they just like to kickback and enjoy their wonderful city; either that or it's just too hot to go anywhere too fast!
If you are a fan of architecture then Rome is the must-visit destination. We visited the Vatican City on the 3rd day and inside the Basilica, the Sistine chapel/grounds was art/architecture at its prime. I was mesmerised gazing up at Michelangelo's vibrant, masterpiece ceiling at the Sistine Chapel, it genuinely is the best art-work I have ever seen in my whole life, the paintings look so 3D I thought there were statues on the ceiling at one point. I don't know how he done it ... or if there is anyone out there as good, or ever will be. Genius.
Of course the main painting of interest is the iconic Creation of Adam (you know, the one where Adam and God are reaching out to each other with their index fingers), which was smaller than I thought, but I spotted it in the middle of the ceiling. I must admit I was pretty excited to see something so massively iconic in front of me :)
There is absolutely no point posting a sneaky photo of it as it just won't do it any justice what so ever.
There are well-preserved Roman ruins dotted around the Colosseum, the Colosseum being the largest! We were greeted by Roman walls towering over us upon entering the city by taxi, they were so well-preserved I thought they were just medieval and not Roman! They are called the Aurelian walls :) Impressive stuff.
I think if you are a big fan of history, or not, you cannot help but being fascinated by the Romans. After all they are a big part of English history by building London and Bath. They also invented roads ... getting water to homes .... baths (I do love a good bubble bath) and make up a vast amount of languages in Europe. So we have to thank the Romans for a lot of things, and going to where they came from and lived in the first place I think is pretty awesome. And don't forget they had gladiators and fought lions! Awesome :)
I must admit I was disappointed by the food on a couple of occasions, until we found a good little place up the road from our hotel called Joe Padella.
My top tips are to:
1) TripAdvisor - check out the reviews before you go to avoid a sad meal, but don't go to one that is too good to be true. For example, we went to a seafood restaurant with over 900 excellent reviews.... it was BAD. Don't believe the hype
2 ) Avoid tourist traps - don't go to restaurants near attractions that are on main streets - we did because we were so hungry for lunch- it was terrible and disgustingly overpriced. It is best to go to back streets. And see if locals are eating there too, if there are lots of Italians eating outside, there is a good chance it is good grub.
Anyways, after painstakingly editing and uploading my videos.. the first 2 are finally up and running.
Seriously though, it felt like it took longer just to do the uploading!! Welcome to YouTuber problems. Totally worth it though of course :)
See below my first creation, I am pretty proud at my first attempt.
(The 2nd vlog is funnier and exciting... we do more stuff that day! It's quite a giggle at times too!)
My Youtube channel isn't just going to be about travelling- I wish I could just be a full time traveller like Fun For Louis, that would be the life wouldn't it. I am going to be doing a bit of cooking... some gaming... some fashion and of course some funny stuff too :)
More is on the way **watch this space**
Enjoy, like, subscribe ... whatever ... but mostly enjoy.