Sunday, 5 October 2014

Percy Strangeways' Italian Adventure

may be a very young sock monkey but nothing was going to stop me from an Italian adventure! So I sneaked into the suitcase and off we went.  
It was dark and bouncy in the case but I was tucked in well so didn't mind, though it did get a bit cold at one point.  I guess that was when we were flying.

As soon as the case was opened I leapt out with a big "Ta da" into Mammy's arms for a cuddle. Luckily she was pleased to see me - phew! Now to explore Lake Garda.

Now any of you fellow sock monkeys will know that our legs are really too short to pedal a bike, so when the humans hired bikes I clung onto the handlebars to get the best view.
We cycled from Garda to Lazise along the lakeshore smiling at everyone we passed. Everyone smiled back at me which I thought was very nice. We stopped at a Craft and Bird Show near Bardolino and admired all the birds with their prize rosettes, and I sat on a rock for a while watching the canoeists go by. It was a very nice day.

The next adventure was mountain climbing! Remember me mentioning having short legs? Well mountains are big! I was worried. How would I keep up?  Thank goodness there was a cable car so the only bit I had to climb was the top so I could look out at the fabulous view.
 I felt on top of the world. I fancied jumping off with a parachute but Mammy wouldn't let me, I don't know why. We visited the castle at Malcesine then looked round shops at Limone and had an icecream. Well, they had an icecream, I just watched the ducks.  

It was a long, tiring day and I was glad when we got on a slow ferry back to Garda. It's a great way to travel and watch the boats. Every time we stopped somewhere the captain said the name of the place three times. I'm sure these places are only named once, not like New York (so good they named it twice apparently). 

One of my favourite days was a visit to Sirmione. There is a big ruined villa here called the Grotte de Catullo that's surrounded by olive groves. I climbed a tree and explored the ruin. Sat on the steps I wondered if it had been made for giants. I felt very small.
Oh, hang on, I am very small so that might explain it!  

Sirmione also has a mini golf course and the competition between the humans was intense. Eighteen holes, fiercely contested, all came down to the last hole. I won't reveal who won, but it was by a single shot!  

We visited Verona as well. There was a big amp...amfy...ampi..round thingy with arches. They used to have games in there and people and animals died, not sock monkeys though.
Juliet's balcony was very busy but I didn't see her.  I think she was out.

I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Lake Garda and I was allowed to fly home with Mammy even though I didn't have a seat.

 It was very high up, even higher than the mountain and the clouds looked like toy stuffing. Maybe that's what happens to toys when they can't be fixed anymore, their stuffing makes clouds. I would quite like to be a cloud some day, but not yet.


14 comments:

  1. Love the last but one picture looks like a great photo bomb mug shot by the guy in the sun glasses..

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    1. It does doesn't it. Percy didn't mind though.

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  2. Lucky you, Sock Monkey. I am quite envious of your Italian adventure.

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    1. Percy had lots of fun and said he would recommend a visit

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  3. Oooh, looks like you had a lovely trip you lucky sock monkey! :)

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    1. I will be stowing away again given half a chance - Percy

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  4. So cute, what a well travelled friend you have!

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    1. I'm just hoping he doesn't give the rest of the softies any ideas. He's a handful all on his own

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  5. You've obviously having a great time Percy, I hope you didn't feel too squished in the case.

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    1. The travel kettle was a bit lumpy but I snuggled into a T-shirt so not too bad - Percy

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  6. Glad you had such a wonderful time Percy! What a great adventure you had! xx

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    1. I went on a pedalo too but nearly fell in - Percy

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  7. I love this, I think I'll take my sock monkey with me next time I go away, I think he's a bit jealous of Percy :)

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    1. Oh definitely! Sock monkeys need adventures.

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