Italian Adventure Part 4 – Spa Day


Typical, about as accurate as any British weather forecast, the local Italian forecast was for rain and thunderstorms today, 65% chance of precipitation. So far we have had a mix of blue skies, sunshine, and clouds. Yes there were a few specs of rain, but nothing that would have stopped us from doing that touristy thing. Because the forecast was so dire we had opted to stay at the hotel and for Gerry to visit the spa.

After breakfast we dropped in at the spa reception and booked Gerry in for a Hot Stone and full body/facial massage. Her session was booked for 14:00, which left us with a couple of hours to fill.

We went for a stroll  round the grounds and took a few external photos of the hotel.

Whilst standing down on the dock, we were accosted by a lady offering to take our photo. We gratefully accepted and then I  did the same for her. As we were chatting, I asked her where she was from.

Well, what a small world. Turns out she is from the other side of Waterlooville, where we live. Much of her family are scattered around roads close to our home. After a bit more chat we went our separate ways.

By the time we reached the pool Gerry decided it was warm enough to brave catching some rays by the pool.

Meanwhile, I was foolish / brave enough to test the arctic waters of the pool.

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Towers Hotel – Pool

Bearing in mind this is an outdoor pool, unheated and we haven’t seen any real sun for a couple of days. Despite knowing this, I still went in. Although there weren’t any icebergs it certainly felt cold enough for them to put in an appearance.

To be honest, once I was in, it felt ok. And after a few lengths, I was so acclimitised, I was reluctant to get out. There is a shower room close to the pool which I made good use of. Back in dry clothes once again, we strolled along to the bar for tea and coffee before Gerry headed to to the spa for her hot rocks massage.

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Although no storms or rain the wind had picked up. These two guys had to walk backwards to carry the pictures or risk having them bent and broken by the wind.

Having escorted Gerry down to the spa reception and made sure she was checked in OK, I headed back to the bar for a spot of lunch. Tuna & Tomato in a Ciabatta roll accompanied by, yep you guessed it, a Nastro Azzurro.

Gerrys spa treatment lasted for just about an hour and by the time she caught up with me at the bar it was time for her to have a plate of fries and a Nastro Azzurro all to herself.

We then headed back to our room to finish of that second bottle of Sicilian Syrah.

Our room has windows looking both North and East which makes it a great vantage point for any nautical activities.

And to finish off for today here are a few photos from my phone.

Well that’s it. Going for dinner shortly as it is just after 20:00

Good night all.

Italian Adventure – Paused


It rained last night and by and large it has rained pretty much all day. Consequently, we have been skulking in the hotel.

We managed to miss breakfast. So by way of a consolation prize, we treated ourselves to lunch.

I had Octopus Salad, followed by Sea Bass with bacon wrapped asparagus and mashed potato while Gerry had Veal Escalopes with Bacon Wrapped Asparagus and mashed potato. All washed down with the ubiquitous Nastro Azzurro.

I must say that the restaurant food at the hotel is pretty good. Cooked well and nicely presented. The breakfast buffet is pretty comprehensive with cold meats and cheeses, hot scrambled eggs, bacon, mushrooms etc. Plenty of serials and cakes / pastries on offer along with various breads. Not brilliant stuff but will give you a good energy boost to get your day under way.

I should mention that last night we decided to have a bottle of wine with our meal. We chose an Italian Merlot but they had sold out. The waiter suggested two alternative wines one of which was a Syrah.

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Sicilian Syrah From The Vinyards Of Feudo Principi di Butera

We chose the Syrah, from the vineyards of Feudo Principi di Butera in Sicilia. It turned out to be both a good suggestion and a good choice. Lots of flavour with a dry after bite. In other words a damn good anaesthetic.

Today hasn’t been a total loss. We have arrange an excursion for Monday.

We are going to visit Pompeii, come rain or shine. According to the extended forecast we can expect clouds with sunny periods and just a 25% chance of precipitation

That leaves us with Saturday and Sunday to fill. Saturday is showing 65% chance of rain so I think we will try to get Gerry into the Spa. Sunday is looking a bit better. We may chance  trip to Capri, it depends on the sea state. Gerry loves the sea, to look at, but she doesn’t mix well with boats on the water. If it’s a bit fallollopy then a stroll around Sorrento may be in order. Where we can at least dodge the showers by ducking into one of the many bars and coffee shops.

After Monday we can start looking at perhaps a trip to Herculaneum. Again, this is very weather dependent.

Fingers crossed.

Italian Adventure Part 2 – Sick Day


Day 2 turned out to be not such an adventure after all. Unfortunately the cold has made for a fairly down beat second day. Call it man-flu, whatever you like, it has just left me feeling grotty.

We decided it was probably not a good idea to take on the Italian roads, when I wasn’t firing on all cylinders, and opted to spend the day at the hotel, by the pool. Temperatures were up around 25 degC, even though it was cloudy for most of the day. We lay by the pool but didn’t actually get in the water. I did test the water but it was pretty cold. There were only two folks brave enough to get right in and they didn’t stay long.

To mitigate the disappointment, we again had lunch with a couple of beers at Bar Acquarello. Planning to eat in the evening, we avoided the cheeseburgers which were very good but very filling.

The evening meal was really very good. Gerry had Breaded Scallops on a Rice Timbale (black rice moulded into drum shape)  to start, while I had a “Caprese” salad (mozzarella and tomatoes with basil in olive oil). Gerrys main was Sea Bass with potatoes and garlicky courgette slices. There was also some Provolone in there too but not sure if it was added to the fish or the potatoes. My main was lamb with sweet potato, cherry tomato and what looked like a black tortilla chip. My lamb was simply superb, very tender and tasty. Gerrys bass was lovely. Unfortunately, I had to finish hers as there was simply too much. All washed down with a couple of bottles of Nastro Azzurro, beer by Peroni.

We would have had a bottle of wine but thought it unwise as we intend to attempt the Amalfi coast road in the morning. I will definitely need my wits about me for that.

So that’s it for today. Not much of an adventure but enjoyable nonetheless.