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Following from Milan, mister and I took the train to Venice. The only times I had ever seen Venice were from other people’s holiday snaps or in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, however, unlike my favourite fictional character, I wasn’t prepared to see Venice’s underground pipes. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was in Venice! I looked around everywhere and took in as much as I could. Who knew when I would be back in this amazing sinking city?

Venice is just gorgeous. Just, simply, breathtakingly gorgeous. It’s quaint, quiet and in typical Italian style architecture. It’s quite funny when you actually get there, and if you’re like me you’ll be expecting to see cars, but there are no cars in sight. Even the police patrol with speedboats. No cars, no pollution. Maybe that’s the world’s solution?

There are churches everywhere! I suppose that’s what Europe is famous for. San Marco is quite a spectacular sight to see, however, make sure even if you do go there in summer, you still need to cover up. No bare shoulders and bottoms need to cover the knee down, out of respect of course. The Grand Canal is just amazing. Lots of people everywhere and street vendors selling souvenirs, it’s so clean and feels safe.
Wherever you go in Venice, do not leave without a map. There’s hardly any street signs so you really need a detailed map to find your way back to your hotel!

Where can tourists find the best food? Anywhere really. Because Venice is surrounded by water, seafood is with almost every dish on the menu!

I’m fortunate to be almost completing my travel bucket list, but make sure you do too and put Venice on your list. Friendly locals, great culture and architecture, it’s a spectacular sight for sore eyes!

Having fun along one of the many canals in Venice

Having fun along one of the many canals in Venice

San Marco church is just amazing to look at!

San Marco church is just amazing to look at!

The Grand Canal. Trust me, it's a lot bigger!

The Grand Canal. Trust me, it’s a lot bigger!

 

 

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This post is a little different today. I’m not particularly a soccer fan (for overseas viewers, its football for you), however, Mister is. Actually, he is a tragic Arsenal fanatic. Seriously, there are many times when Arsenal has come first. So naturally when we went to London it was a tour Mister was not going to miss out on. He was like me when I went to the British Museum, totally in his element and nothing was going to take away the ethereal glow around him that he was where God wanted him to be; right at home at Emirates Stadium.

How does a non-soccer fan describe Emirates Stadium? Well, let’s just say I was impressed. It is a magnificent stadium and even if you don’t know what soccer, or football, is it really does impress. Red seems to be the theme behind this team. I’m not really sure why but Mister loved it. And of course we have more pictures of him in front of great Arsenal memorabilia than me.
When the tour starts, we are taken into the Chairman’s boardroom where the highest paying Arsenal executives watch the game and enjoy the finest food and drink. Entering that room made me want to work really hard so I could one day afford that privilege. There are past trophies on display, paintings of Emirates Stadium (in case you weren’t sure where you were) and the most magnificent views of the pitch. Any closer and you would actually be on the pitch watching the players “bend it like Beckham”.

Next on the tour we are taken into the player’s locker room. Mister could not contain his excitement! Player’s jumpers were on display to show us whose cubicle belonged to whom. Of course Mister had to have his picture taken in front of all of them. A tour guide let us in on a little piece of information; the opposing team’s locker room has shiny floors to try and injure them before any game commences! Nice little trick I think!
After the locker room, we get to experience the rush of being an Arsenal player. We get to run (or walk) through the tunnel leading us onto the pitch. I should have just taken a movie of Mister doing it with the amount of pictures I took of him inside the red tunnel. I think he secretly felt like an Arsenal player. Out on the ground, you really get to feel the atmosphere of a game, it is really huge!

Following the locker room, tunnel and entering the pitch, there was something to keep me entertained, we entered the press room. There were children on our tour group so I had to let them sit in the chairs pretending to be interviewed by their parents. However, it really gave me an insight into sports media.

All in all, Mister left the tour feeling great like he had just ticked something off his bucket list. Entering the room of men he has admired since he was young he accomplished something other’s only dream of doing.

COME ON THE MIGHTY GUNNERS!

Mister in his element, at Emirates Stadium for Arsenal

Mister with Fabregas’s jumper. He does not play for Arsenal anymore, so this is a rare photograph.

Another rare photograph with Nasri’s jumper, who no longer plays for Arsenal.

Where tired and injured players do physiotherapy.

Entering the magnificent red tunnel leading out onto the pitch.

Mister was so excited to be there, he didn’t know where to look!