Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Weekend Scrapbook: Brescia




Not this weekend but last I jetted off with a couple of friends to stay at Babs' (on the left in the pic) house in Brescia, Italy. We had been planning it so long that I couldn't believe it was actually time to go.

After a manic trip to Stansted and a short flight to Milan, on which I was surrounded by Italian school kids running and shouting to each other, we reached our hotel at midnight on Friday. There were storms all night which kept us up and I'd never seen such long lasting lightening (say that 3 times).

We explored Brescia old town on the Saturday afternoon. The weather was still drizzly but did brighten up considerably and I was straight on the gelato. We took a trip to the castle, the cathedral and to the shops and by the end we were truly knackered. What Brescia has over Rome is that it is considerably less touristy meaning we could explore all the quintessentially Italian back roads and sights. We also took a trip up the mountains which had great views over the city and the other mountains, with the vineyards on the slopes and the warm weather it could not have been a more perfect drive!

The beauty of staying with Babs was the amazing home cooking that her mum provided for our lunches and dinners. I've never eaten so much, I had seconds of everything and that isn't even an exaggeration! My personal highlight was the parmigiana and a delicious ice cream, meringue and choc chip dessert which is recreated by Nigella here. I seemed to be able to fit triple the amount of food in my belly in Italy compared to when I'm back here in London...

We also visited Verona on our trip and I'll write a post about it later this week so you can all stalk my mini-break!

16 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this looks so lovely. I've never been to Italy but I am planning a trip soon.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Italy is fantastic - I cannot recommend it enough! x

      Delete
  2. Lovely photos Becca! It's been so long since I've been abroad on holiday, this post has made me want to visit Italy even more!

    - Lorna at Scared Toast x

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely images - especially love the colourful houses one. I'd LOVE to be provided with italian home cooking, I am so jealous!! I may have to befriend some italians...

    Laura | KUWB

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You definitely have to befriend Italians, it is the only way to go - I ate until I could eat no more! x

      Delete
  4. I've just tweeted you but thought it would nice to leave you a comment (and not be restricted to the 140 characters!) I love reading everyone's travel posts and looking at their holiday snaps, i get really in to them! I'm not going abroad this year so it provides me with a bit of escapism. I have followed your blog now, can't wait for your post on Verona! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well thank you very much for the extra comment! I hope you enjoy Verona pictures :) x

      Delete
  5. wowwwwwww, looks amazing! I also never been there and would love to visit Italy soon. Thank for your this post, you motivated me to make a plan :) hehehe x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely start planning, it is a fantastic country! x

      Delete
  6. This is beautiful. How lucky that you got to stay with a friend and experience all that food. Oh and holiday tummy is just like dessert tummy. There is always space for a little bit more food....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 'Dessert tummy' is definitely something I'm stealing

      Delete
  7. Gorgeous photos. There's something so magical about Rome that it will always be the number one place in my heart, but there's something great about getting off the beaten track and exploring some of Italy's lesser know towns and cities, getting to experience the real Italy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree - it was so nice to visit somewhere a little less hectic and really have time to appreciate everything x

      Delete

I love hearing from you, try and make me laugh. I dare you.