The Gallery: Two

Two? What could I write about to fit this week’s Gallery theme? Of course! A tale of TWO European holidays. Two cities, two countries, three years apart (two would have fit the theme better, but it was three).

After our trip to Lake Garda in Italy in 2010, I thought we would never go abroad again.

Don’t be fooled by its beauty, it was the holiday from hell

Pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong We had a lost suitcase (including 16 pairs of lost shoes), a lost passport, travel sickness, a trip to A&E and extreme fussiness about food and drink. Everything we ate or drank we had to say to my daughter ‘yes, it’s English pizza/ ice cream/ water’. Because if it was Italian she wouldn’t eat it or drink it. It tasted different, apparently.

So you can understand why we approached our holiday to Barcelona last week with trepidation.

But we needn’t have worried! Everything went right. The kids are three years older and so much more able to deal with change. Frankly, the worst thing that happened was my lady shave being left on in the suitcase so the battery had run out when arrived.

My daughter ate and drank, knowing full well the food was Spanish and still enjoying it. The kids walked for miles without complaining, loved everything we visited and didn’t want to go home. They felt so happy and comfortable there.

La Pedrera, Barcelona

We didn’t lose anything and came home with ALL OF OUR SHOES.

Two holidays. Two very different experiences.

(My daughter still shudders at the mere mention of Italy though.)

This post was written in response to a prompt from The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme ‘Two’.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’m so pleased that you had a better experience – if it had been more of the same, you probably would never have gone abroad again! Lovely pics, just makes me want to go back to Barcelona….and Italy!

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  2. WOW 16 pairs of lost shoes!Gosh that sounds like a bad holiday although I’ve always wanted to go to Lake Garda. That photo is gorgeous. Glad Barcelona was the complete opposite! 🙂

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  3. Brilliant take on the theme and interesting post! So relieved to hear the Barcelona trip was an all round success! Fab photos too – even though the first brings back less than pleasant memories!!

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  4. It must have been a hard decision to try again after such a disastrous trip first time, great to hear it was a success. Lovely pics too

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  5. What a shame about the trip to Lake Garda. I hope you will return for a much more successful trip x.

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  6. Wow. Gorgeous picture from Barcelona. Don’t be put off by Lake Garda. We went a few years ago and loved it!

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  7. 16 pairs of lost shoes!!
    Wonder what customs must have thought was in the suitcase making a buzzing sound ;)) xx

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  8. So glad you had a better holiday this time – I can’t wait to go back to Barcelona!

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  9. Thanks very much, everyone! I’m so pleased it went well or we would never have gone abroad again. I would like to go back to Lake Garda, but may have to wait until my daughter has left home! Hopefully we might brave some more trips abroad now.
    16 pairs of lost shoes is quite ridiculous, isn’t it? And we got nothing on insurance 🙁 Hadn’t considered the question of the buzzing ladyshave, Emily!

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  10. So delighted you had a good trip, so much easier when they are bigger isn’t it!

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  11. Very glad you had a better holiday this time! 16 pairs of shoes – a few years ago, that could have been down to me alone…!

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  12. I loved Barcelona, we went when my daughter was young and had the best time ever, I must go again. So glad you had a better holiday 16 pairs of lost shoes, I would cry!!!

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  13. Sounds like an incredible trip – hope you’re feeling brave enough to go again soon.

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  14. Thanks very much, everyone. It was brilliant and I’m definitely feeling brave enought to try another trip in the future!
    The 16 pairs of shoes were between the five of us and I did cry! I felt pathetic doing it, but it was really upsetting. Hard having to buy new ones under pressure in a strange place too – especially as Italian women have much smaller feet than me!

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  15. oh how lovely, I’m pleased you had a lovely time, I would love to travel abroadbut just not got the funds really – maybe when he kids have all left I’ll pack a bag and travel round alone 😉

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