So after my graduation ceremony, and before work starts, I found myself with a large period of free time in which I was unsure what to do with myself. After consulting with my younger sister, we decided an adventure was in order and we booked ourselves a whistle stop tour around 3 cities in Italy. We flew into Rome, travelled up to Florence by train, and made our return after another train journey took us to see Pisa. It was only a 6 day trip but we certainly packed it full of activities!
I think Rome was my favourite place of the 3. We stayed in a hotel just outside the centre and used the great bus and metro links to take us first off to Vatican City. Of the parts of Italy we explored, Vatican City was the highlight for me. The history, buildings, architecture, religion and artwork were all fascinating and I highly recommend getting a tour guide to anyone who is visiting. Following the Vatican, we walked over 13 miles around Rome, stopping at the Spanish steps, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and finishing off our journey with a walk up the Aventine Hill to an orangery to watch the sunset. Beautiful.
Florence had a much more romantic feel to it. I felt there was less to see but that may have been because we didn’t spend as long there. I loved the Ponte Vecchio bridge – a stone bridge over the river, covered in quaint souvenir shops, jewellers and leather merchants. We had a lovely meal just after crossing. I can’t remember the name of the place for the life of me, but it was authentic Italian – pizza, of course, followed by none other than tiramisu.
We rounded off our carb-fuelled trip in Pisa. Beyond the piazza dei miracoli (where the Leaning Tower is situated), there really isn’t much else to see as it’s a pretty small place. However, still plenty of shops and cafes to explore, but you could do the whole place in a day (as we did). Naturally, we had to spend a vast amount of time getting some comedic pictures at the Tower. We even paid to ascend the Tower steps which was great fun; it had some outstanding views at the top!
One of the real reasons I shall remember this trip is because for its entirety, I did not wear a wig once. I took one, admittedly, but it ended up being screwed up and unloved in the bottom of my backpack. I’ve managed to perfect the art of doing short hair styles to cover my remaining patches. Plus, I also have a coloured spray which I can use to diguise patches if I’m really struggling. Having said that, I don’t often need it, and with the help of others I can get away with some sneaky styles that cover a couple of balding sins.
It felt liberating to walk around with my hair on show. It is starting to grow back at the front where my fringe once sat, but for now I have to pull what hair I have forward in order to simulate a smaller forehead and create a more convincing hairline. If there is no breeze then I’m safe in the assumption that it wont move.
So hair growth wise, things are growing well. I’m using the Nioxin hair range and I think it is helping my hair to thicken. Perhaps the Italian sun helped it…and hat gives me an excuse to plan another adventure soon 😉