Well, after that last mad week before my holiday and the tour itself, I'm now back to normality. I went to a Higher Education fair in Reading today which was a good event and a nice way to get back to work, and now I'm looking forward to a really quiet week with lots of nights in and time to cook for myself.
Italy was gorgeous! I would recommend that everyone should go there at some point in their lives, and I'll definitely be going back to both Venice and Verona to see them properly. I could walk round Venice for days just discovering more and more gorgeous little streets and going into all the cultural places and little shops - it's truly one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It's one of those places that they always say you should visit and you wonder if it's actually as good as its reputation, but I can confirm that it really is wonderful. Now I just need to find someone to go there with me so I can actually have a gondala ride! Although this was definitely the highlight, everywhere else we went was gorgeous as well, and I think that the country as a whole is just the most all-round lovely place I've ever been to.
Apart from the scenery, highlights of tour include the buffet at the uber-5 star hotel in Geneva, walking round the roof of Milan cathedral, eating my favourite smoked salmon pasta in a lovely restaurant in Milan, eating the best strawberry icecream in the world ever in Bergamo (it tasted exactly like my mum's strawberry souffle), tasting some really excellent wine in Brescia, eating a delicious meal with lovely wine on our first night in Verona, drinking lots of nasty fizzy blanco plonko at the bargainous price of 7 euros per litre in another restaurant in Verona, the first concert which went ever so well, and the "buffet" after the first concert which turned out to be a sit-down dinner with pasta, risotto, perfectly cooked steak and as much free wine as we could drink. Sam and Ellie are proof of the limitless wine - at least Sam made it to the coach toilet...
Right, I'm off to finish reading Heat and listen to Norah Jones. Quiet nights in are just fab.