Holiblog: The Rome Edition

For my husband Tim’s 28th birthday I bought us a trip to Rome. As you may know from previous blogs, Italy is our favourite country and Tim’s favourite Italian city that we’ve visited is Rome, it’s been 7 years since our first visit.

Read on to see what we got up to!

Day One

It was a early start for us to begin our Rome adventure, from Gatwick!

This meant we had a whole day to start exploring.

But, first lunch! And an ice cream stop at the highest rated ice cream place in Rome, it didn’t disappoint!

Trip Advisor: Best Gelato in Rome

We stumbled upon the National Museum of Rome and this was a great find. The architecture was amazing and we had a audio guide which was really interesting.

After all our exploring and walking around we had a chilled evening back at our room. We grabbed some take away pizza slices and a couple of ice cold cans of coke zero and enjoyed a them in our cosy room.

Day Two

Today we headed out early to have a look at the Colosseum. We went inside it on our last trip to Rome so this time we just went to have a look at it again from the outside, as well as the area around it.

We enjoyed a nice lunch and some ice cream before heading back for a siesta and our evening activity.

That evening we enjoyed our Italian cooking class, the first of our three planned activities for the trip.

It was originally going to be a pizza class (my husband is obsessed with pizza and this trip was planned by me for his birthday) but they changed the menu to pasta, as a summer alternative. Even so we had a great time!

We made pasta, a similar one to tagliatelle, Gnocci and then for dessert we made an amazing summer berries and white chocolate tiramisu. It was so good and it was so fun to cook proper pasta. You can really tell the difference.

Day Three

I think this was my favourite day of the holiday.

We had a nice early start to have a look round Palentine hill and the Roman Forum. We missed out on seeing these last time as we didn’t get there early enough and it is horrendous in the heat!

So, we made our way there nice and early and spent the morning having a look at the amazing Roman Ruins.

For lunch we headed over to the highest rated pizza place in Rome and it was delicious. This was my favourite meal and the man who owned the shop was so helpful and friendly. It’s a small little shop but so worth it.

Trip Advisor: Best Pizza in Rome

In the evening we headed to Piazza Campo de’ Fiori to have our second planned activity, a ‘By night walking tour of Rome’ Our guide was absolutely brilliant, born and raised in Rome so very knowledgable.

We saw so many different sights that we hadn’t seen before, such as the Pantheon and my favourite, the Trevi fountain (Which is SO beautiful) and much bigger than I expected. I’m so glad we got to see it this time.

Day Four

On day four our planned activity was an evening walking food tour, unfortunately it was cancelled so we had another think about what to do.

In the end we booked a morning trip, including a guided tour of the Vatican city. The tour included access to the Vatican museum, the Cistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basillca.

These places were all amazing and the artwork, tapestrys and architecture were amazing, as well as the history.

After a delicious lunch of Caprese salad, Pizza and the most amazing tiramisu we headed home for another afternoon siesta!

In the evening we took a stroll down to the Colosseum, after dinner, to have a look at it all lit up at night. It looked beautiful!

Day Five

On our final day we didnt fly out until the evening so, we wanted to make the most of our last day.

At breakfast we had a look on Viator to see what we could do.

As we didn’t make pizza at the previous cooking class we booked onto a pizza class for midday.

We stumbled across the Spanish Steps whilst we were looking for the cooking class location which was cool! Another landmark to tick off.

The cooking class was brilliant, with a lovely group of Americans & a Canadian lady. I really enjoyed making an authentic pizza in Rome and I loved seeing Tim make his favourite cuisine too.

They were really tasty!! A great lunch for our last day.

One of the other members of the cooking class mentioned a 5D experience that they were visiting later that day and as we had no other plans we thought we would check it out too!

We went for the full package 5D experience watching the history of Rome, the evolution of life and we looked around Roman landmarks with a VR headset on.

Once we had done all this it was a good time to slowly amble back to Termini to grab our bags and get the coach to the airport.

A great end to the holiday.

We had a brilliant time in Rome and I would 100% recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Italy, especially if you are a first timer as there is so much to see and do.

& of course the food is amazing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little post about our trip!

I wonder what next years Holiblogs will be about!? Time to start thinking for 2020.

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Holiblog 4: Activities 🌞⛵

We really wanted a chilled out holiday for our honeymoon and have therefore spent alot of this holiday doing just that, perfect 👌  

But, we have also filled the time with other activities to break up the days and to make sure that we saw plenty of this beautiful country (Well the part we were in anyway)

Here goes…

So, as I said alot of chilling by the pool & swimming for at least a few hours everyday (it’s a hard life but someone’s gotta do it :D)

We went for walks around the hotel complex & the local area… 🏨👣

…Usually followed by a nice refreshing drink… 🍹🍸

…And a game of pool! 🎱

There was also great live music most nights courtesy of our hotel 🎶🎹🎸🎤

We went on an allday boat trip that took you over to Madalena Island, a must see area of Sardinia. We sat on the front of the boat, enjoying the views and sunshine, had a delicious lunch prepared for us, swam in the sea and saw some cool fish and dolphins. 🐠🐋🐚

By boat is a fantastic way to see Sardinia in all its glory. ⛵🌊

Exploring Madalena Island…

We spent a morning on the beach! 🌞🐚

And took the shuttle bus to Baya Sardinia to look round, do a spot of shopping and have some lunch! 🚐

We’ve had the BEST time ever 💗

I thought it fitting to write about our honeymoon as I started this blog when we began our wedding planning 🙂 💐

& this was an awesome part 💗

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂 

Holiblog 3: Nature 🌳🌴🍍

This post doesnt include much writing but I thought I’d share with you the beauty of the Italian island of Sardinia where we are currently honeymooning. Trust me, the pictures speak for themselves 👌

If you’ve read my previous Holiblogs  1 & 2 you’ll have seen some of what Sardinia has to offer, but it is seriously naturally beautiful so I’ll stop rabbiting and get on with adding the photos…

En route to Madalena Island.

Costa Smeralda.

Baya Sardinia.

Costa Smeralda.

Puerto Cervo.

En route to Madalena Island.

Costa Smeralda.

Puerto Cervo.

Costa Smeralda. 

Costa Smeralda.

Costa Smeralda.

Swimming in the bay.

I hope you enjoyed this post 🌳🌴🍍🌸🌞

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂 

Holiblog 2: The food 🍕🍝

Food is of course one of the reasons why we love Italy, pizza, pasta, gelato, what more do you need right?!

Thankfully we have been able to sample all of these whilst we have been on our honeymoon but Sardinian food has been quite different to what we’ve had in Italy before as well, lots of seafood 🐟🐙

The hotel offers a buffet which has an amazing selection, let’s start with breakfast! Anything you could possibly think of to have for breakfast is on offer and you can go up as many times as you like, it doesn’t get much better than that!

They do a cooked breakfast which is nice alongside the continental options which is the only option at alot of hotels. They’ll even make omelettes for you with lots of yummy fillings 🍳🍞🍅

The Homemade waffles are one of my favourite bits of breakfast. I’m not normally into waffles much but these are so fresh and tasty 😋

Now dinner, they serve dinner a bit differently here but you defiantly won’t go hungry that’s for sure. 

First up, starter is a buffet, again with a huge selection to choose from! Salads, bread, seafood salads, meat, cheese & some hot bits too.

Here are some of our favourites…

Tomatoes & mozzarella (Caprese salad) and mozzarella in breadcrumbs, cheese overload but so delicious. I also really liked the squid and selection of Italian meats on offer.

After the starter you choose from 5 dishes as your ‘first plate’ usually some sort of pasta…

This is a delicious veggie lasagne we  had one night as our first plate.

Then you choose from 5 different dishes for your ‘second plate’ These are usually some sort of meat or fish…

This is a pork and sausage skewer with ratatouille.

The desserts are also in the form of a buffet too.

My favourite Italian sweet item is of course their Gelato 🍦🍧

We found a lovely ice cream place on our walk to Puerto Cervo one afternoon, it was run by a lovely and very enthusiastic American lady, here we sampled a few flavours each. Tim had fragola (strawberry), banana & watermelon. I had Nutella & coconut.

A few days ago we noticed that our hotel has its own Gelataria so we went and sampled some there too (be rude not too). Here we are eating lemon & mint choc chip.

We are half board so for lunches we have been having snacks at the hotel or looking out for places to go out to eat. We found a lovely resturant in Puerto Cervo and had some delicious tagliatelle au ragu…

This, like most meals, alongside bread rolls, is served with Sardinian bread…

It’s paper thin and usually seasoned with sea salt or rosemary, delicious.  

Yesterday (much to Tim’s delight) we found a pizzeria whilst we were on Madalina Island…

You honestly cannot beat authentic Italian food, if you’ve not been to Italy, go! Seriously.

And on that note I’m very hungry and am now going to find some lunch! 😁😋

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, let me know. 👍👎

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂 

What’s in my travel bag?

So, We are off to Sardinia tommorrow for our honeymoon and I thought it would be cool to do a blog all about the bits I’m taking in my bag 🎒 Holiday essentials, clothes and travel pieces, here goes.

First up…

Holiday essentials 🌞

Skincare & summer make up! Suncream is of course a must (as well as after sun as it will be 30’c) I havn’t really got any top tips on suncream but I always go for a factor 20 & 50. Tim has fair skin and catches the sun really easily so 50 is a must!

I’ve also picked out a few summery make up bits to go with my usual pieces. 💄  

I’ve chosen orangey/coral/brown tones as these go really great with a tan. I chose Revlons liquid lipstick in the shade ‘flirt’, Bourjois’s liquid lipstick in the shade ‘Happy nude year’ & Barry Ms Cor Balmy lip balm in the shade ‘trouble & strife’

I also picked up a bronzer as I didnt actually have one!! I chose Collections Bronze Glow Mosaic bronzer, it’s so pretty and has a nice mixture of tones & shimmers. This also contains Vitamin C which is good for your skin 👍

Sunglasses are of course a must! I’ve got my prescription sunglasses ready in their case. I got these last year for our holiday to Italy and I havn’t looked back since, I hated not being able to wear sunglasses so it was awesome finally getting these.

Mini toiletries, a must just because! So cute and mini 🙂 Wilko do a great selection of nice brands in mini toiletrie form which is great AND they were on offer 3 for 2, even better!

Next up…
Clothes 👕😎

These are just a few of my favourite bits that I have bought to take on holiday.

First up, this is a lovely cover up from H&M for ÂŁ14.99, it’s a really lovely floaty, thin material and I love the blue and white colours with the shimmer of silver/gold running through it…

Now there’s a bit of a tassel theme going on here…

I picked up both of these pairs of shorts from Primark for ÂŁ4 each! (Tassels!!) They must be the in thing this year.

This super cute vintagey looking swimsuit was from Matalan for ÂŁ14.
I love the shape of it and the navy and white combo with gold detailing on the straps. I was happy with this find as I’m a bit fussy with swimsuits and I find them a tricky thing to buy when you’re not a fan of wearing them in the first place.

This is one of my favourite items that I found in  Primark (again ÂŁ4) it’s so cute and will look great with any of the shorts that I’ve got, especially the ones I mentioned above ☝ #summergoals 🍦

Moving onto shoes…

Harry a potter flipflops! Need I say anymore?!? Super cool and only aroundÂŁ1.50 in Primark.

Sandals, sandals, sandals! Defiantly an essential item and these lovely ones are also from Primark (I sense another theme here!)

I thought that these were lovely so I picked them up in brown and black, two staple colours when coordinating any outfit 👍 

I love the gold detail on the buckle and again TASSELS!! These were ÂŁ5 each.

And finally… 

Travel essentials ✈

A travel bag! I always go for a big one as my hand luggage bag so that I can fit plenty of bits of bobs to travel with and occupy myself on the plane with, such as…

I picked this adult colouring book up in Bologna, Italy last year so I’m going to take this for the plane along with some books too!

My friend Rachel got me this cute checklist & pen for my birthday! I love a bit of stationary and this will be great for making sure that we pack everything we need.

These awesome luggage tags were part of our wedding present from my auntie! She got them for us at my Hen do, at the studio tour. They are super cool ⚡

I picked up this cute and super soft travel pillow in Primark for ÂŁ4! I know it isn’t a long flight to Sardinia but I might as well be comfortable none the less 👍 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into my travel items, see you in a week! 

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂 

A Slimming World update 🍳

I thought I’d do a quick update on Slimming World since the wedding (Is she going to shut up about this wedding anytime soon? Probably not :mrgreen:)

I was maintaining for quite a while Pre wedding in order to fit into my dress and am chipping away at the weight I put on from the wedding/ the week after when I wasn’t very strict 😜 

This week I lost 1/2 a lb which you probably think was barely worth it but I had a bad  weekend (bad in terms of SW, great for my stomach) with Tim’s birthday celebrations so I was doing damage control this week, and as they say a loss is a loss after all!!

My current countdown is to this…

Our honeymoon 😍😍🇮🇹 Sardinia, Italy

Two weeks to go!!!

Two weeks to go means two more ‘weigh ins’. I’m hoping for two good loses in these weeks and there shouldn’t be anything in my way, fingers crossed.

My aim this week: 2lbs.
Next week is the last few days of term then it’s the summer holidays, so planning is going to be the key to success as well as…

– Lots of healthy yummy snacks

– Meals ready prepared 

– A list of foods that I can use my syns on

– Lots of speed foods 
Here’s hoping the week goes well, wish me luck!

Until next time, 

Roseanne 🙂