. I've always loved looking at and collecting shells - I developed this interest from collecting sea shells with my aunty Jan on the beach at Sorrento (Australian one) and loved to copy her collages of seashells which are just amazing! Anyway, thanks Jan - and now I can tell you I've seen a place where they love shells just as much as we do! They had collections of shells from all over the world, and come of them were just so intricate and unusual, it's a wonder how they ever evolved to be so beautiful. I wanted to pick up the whole place and bring it home with me but of course excess baggage is always a problem when you're travelling :-)
Travelling with dad was also fantastic because we always went out and ate well, and also drank well - we chared wine everyday usually at dinner or lunch. Being near the sea at this point we ate some really nice seafood and dad helped me better understand my wine preferences - I'm learning slowly but am definitely developing an appreciation of the different trypes of wine available. I must admit I much prefer the Italian chardonnay that I tried than any of the ones I've tried in Australia which I think (though I don't know not having tried it) all taste like cat's pee. Ok where was I? Oh yes, enjoying myself alot!
After working everyday in the pub for a month I was starting to look a bit white and pasty - you know how it is work all night and sleep all day - so it was time to go and get out into the sun again! Dad and I headed off on a month long trip to Sicily together a few days after I finished working at the pub. Dad's bought a car in Italy so we got to travel in absolute luxury and stop where we wanted and when we wanted which is just great when you're touring. Our first stop was at a peninsula called Gargano where we drove (yes I drove too!) through winding roads through some beautiful forests and then stopped at a small town. From there we took a boat cruise one day which took us to heaps of small caves along the peninsula coastline. The caves weren't that much to look at but it was nice relaxing out in the sun on the sea after spending so much time indoors. Dad showed me some of his high fashion pieces when he wrapped a t-shirt around his head to keep the sun off - fantastic! Would you beleive they also have a shell museum there