9 August 2010
Up at 8am to be ready for departure a 9am, well not bad 9:15am, after we loaded the car up. Poor wee gracey macey nearly roled hrakle heading down the concete stairs to the car wh a few smaller bags so to compensate and avoid spraining her ankle she ended up flying pretty much face first dive down the stars, severely scraping her left shin an knee. Getting ice was an effort, the dude had to phone and English speaking dude so we could tell him to el our guy we wanted ice, as soon as that happened our guy goes, 'oh, ice!!!' just how we were saying it! Nevertheless Si got her patched up and away we went. Today we discovered how good service stations are food good food on the go, or even eat in!! F travelling y car in Italy and you can't be bothered or are limited for time, try out t he Autogrills attached to servo's on the motorways, reasonable, yummy and quick!!! We went to Psa to see the leaning tower, pretty amazing we punched in using points of interest in Pisa found the tower of Pisa -written in italia - and you wouldn't believe it took us right there and right to a park about 200meters from the base of the tower!!! We took many pictures, the classic ones of holding the tower up as it leans! A wee looksi at the markets there, I made a purchase of a dinky wee handbag for €3, and a new hat for €7.50! We headed back to the car and in search of a large outlet store near our actual destination of Lake Trasimino. The outlet store was massive but we did not make many purchase, very European styles that probably would not look quite right in sunny Blackpool!! Back on the road in search of camp Listra where us kids were camping for a night while Ma and Pa were in a hotel, €7 versus €40, I know what my budget likes!! Well Mrs Satnav was playing up again and it took our car 40 minutes to find the camp, after Bazz gave her 2 goes at seeing if she could get us there in the and we had to resort to the old school asking at a bar trick for directions, and we finally met up with the other crew who were half way through putting up the tents!! Snev the dev in her PE school element dominated of course... Sir Edmund would have been proud as we marched off to the camp mini mart for 1.49€ Peroni's. Little did we know but one of the most memorable BBQ's since Maori's roasted Captain Cooks men in the 1700's was about to take place...holey chermoula batman, we and the rest of the world except Aussies would have to agree when it comes to BBQ's, kiwis are in thereelement, well not when we are restricted to a 6month old throw away charcoal bbq and a shizza load of meat to fill up the pig hunters, Bradley was designated bbq boy and we all looked on with anticipation, but what was about to happen could not be anticipated in our wildest dreams...The bbq would not take light probably because bbq boy smothered the wee bbq with chicken and deprived the wee sizzler of oxygen hence no flame!! Well Bazz being Bazz would not give up because he thought this would be much more un if we could get it to work, obviously a more fun of a challenge that took precedence over actually eating at any normal hour and certainly not in daylight!! So as we all sat encouraging Bazz to haul over the big BBQ that the campsite provided (more like a rusty old space ship looking thing) he proceeded to walk around campsite looking for alternatives to get our lil bbq cranking. He went to the camp shop to borrow a shovel to get some hot coals from the other bbq as the people using it had finished. He came back with a garden trowel and went back and forth three times for hot coals, basically took all the coals from the bbq. It still ook him, me and Simon all at once blowing as hard as we could to get any redness into those coals, and then one by one we took turns, there was no way we were going to cook all the meat we had on this, we knew this but Dad was not convinced, we should have nick named him Muley, because he is as stubborn as one!!! He didn't want to bring the big BBQ over as he thought it would be too heavy. Well as sunlight was depleting, our tummies were rumbling we finally convinced him and Simon to go and get the BBQ. They strolled back over with the BBQ, which happened to be on WHEELS!!! Plus the people using it must have felt so sorry for us they gifted us a bag of charcoal too! Within a few minutes we had it roaring so on went the meat and we were away laughing! Dad had the first patty in bread and after he had his we served up a patty for ourselves. It wasn't until this point that we realised that the patties actually had plastic on them, which Bazz had not noticed when he luxed his whole one back seconds earlier hahaha thats what happens when you cook a BBQ in the dark!! Well it was nice that we were actually able to have about 4 pieces of chicken cooked on the wee BBQ, but that was with a lot of blowing from me!!! All in all it was very humorous, but we did wonder how or stomachs would manage with the chicken that was half cooked, put to the side whilst we organised more eat, cooked again, checked, some in the dark, some with a torch, we thought we may end up with Deli Belly . .only time would tell. Mum and Dad pushed their car home to their hotel and we nestled up in or tents for the night!