On Monday we started our Italian adventure. In order to get to the Salento peninsular, we drove to Heathrow Airport, flew to Munich, then took a second plane to Bari. This was Ruby's first experience of an airport and flying, and it definitely made me think about how it all must seem from her perspective. How strange it must have been for her to watch our bags and her buggy go onto a conveyor belt in order to be put on the plane. Ruby has been fascinated with planes and helicopters for quite some time (this seems to be characteristic of nearly all young children), so I was intrigued to see how she would react to the whole experience of seeing aeroplanes up close, and actually getting to fly in one. Thankfully, she seemed to love it, and fell asleep as soon as we were airborne on the plane to Munich. I had packed a whole array of different activities to occupy Ruby while we travelled, but we ended up only using the pot of play dough, a couple of books, and an abundance of snacks. I'll write about everything I packed for the flight another time, in case it comes in handy to anyone else planning on travelling with young children.
We are staying in a villa on the border of the Salento peninsular, just a few minutes walk from the coastline. There is no wifi anywhere nearby, so there is no choice but to switch off from what is going on in the rest of the world. This is a mixed blessing in that it means I am taking more time to relax and read more, but it also means that I cannot find out news of friends whose babies are due while we are away, or have contact with my family, who are grieving the loss of our Granny, who sadly passed away the day before we left for Italy. It is at times like this, when major life events are taking place in the lives of loved ones that the value of the internet is even more pronounced. We managed to find a cafe with wifi which is the best part of an hours walk from where we are staying, suffice to say, this is probably the only blog post I will manage while we are away.
So far, the holiday has been characterised by swimming in the sea, cycling, eating vast amounts of delicious tomatoes and watermelon, and reading a lot while the sun is at its hottest.