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Day Five – Tuscany 2015 – A day by the pool

Another sunny day here in Tuscany with hardly a cloud in the sky, the temperature at 08:30 already very warm!

The reason I know the temperature at 08:30 was warm is because I was the first one up and on my way down to the pool area to mark out our territory pending a German/Dutch invasion. Got to the pool area only to find it was locked until 09:00 and no one was waiting to get in, how strange! Rather than return to the caravan with the towels I thought I’d treat the happy campers to croissants from the bakery. Now I realised why there was no queue at the pool – they were all queueing in the bakery! The Europeans don’t queue orderly they are controlled by a ticket system. Ticket in hand I was number 10 but the number on the board read 65, I hoped it would return to 0 after 99! Thankfully it did.

Now back to the pool with the towels, pool now open, 50%+ of the sun loungers already taken! How the hell can that happen in just 15-20 minutes? Lucky though I did find three loungers together and with a parasol. The location I hope will keep Michele happy with sun until about 18:00 tonight, Josh is close enough to the pool and I have shade to read in.

Back to the caravan and oh what a surprise, they were both still asleep. How can you sleep for so long? Sod them I thought I’ll have my croissants with a coffee and read for a while on the decking. I can hear the wood pigeon, I wonder if Michele can too. She was talking yesterday of buying a gun, and that is from an anti-gun girl. Watch out pigeon!!

We spent the day by the pool and Michele set a new personal best of not moving position on her sun lounger for 5hrs. The life guard did come and check her pulse twice in that time as he was worried!! The hottest day so far at 28 degrees. The pool also seemed to be busier today, not too sure how the Brays will cope as they usually have the Caribbean sea to swim in!!

Another bit of excitement to by the pool this afternoon as the red cross who are stationed on site where called into action with their gurney (wheeled stretcher) as some young man about mid twenties has to be wheeled away strapped to it looking very embarrassed as the life guards were blowing their whistles to clear everyone out of the way.

BBQ time again tonight. I think I’ll finish off the draft red wine I bought yesterday. Not the best but at €2.50/litre it’s OK. I was looking to see if it was chianti (Tuscany’s famed red) but I don’t think it is. Maybe when Warren, Dawn and Adam get here we’ll go find a local one for Warren and I to drink. The way the wine works is that you pick up an empty bottle for €0.40 and then dispense your own wine from one of four huge barrels. Two red and two white, no rose though. When you have finished the barrel gives you a receipt for the amount of wine you’ve got which you take to the supermarket tills. The cashier sticks a label on the bottle so next time you use the bottle you don’t get charged for it. Now I know a few ladies that would love the wine dispenser and one in particular that would love the idea of getting Laurent Periere Rose champagne dispensed the same way, but only if they could get the fizz to stay in the bottles. What do you reckon Mrs M?

Since being in the sea on day two I’ve had sand and water in my left ear that I can’t shift. If it’s not gone in a couple of days I’ll see the nurse on site but up until then Michele can sit on my left. I did decide though this afternoon to visit the doctor on site who kindly emptied my wallet of €35 just to look into my ears and confirm that I’ve got sand, water and wax in my east canal that won’t let the water out! Thanks for the diagnosis which I could have told her anyway. But I was given a prescription for some fluid/drops to be administered 3 drops, 4 times per day for 5 days. The pharmacy then emptied my wallet of €15. I beer the excess on my travel insurance will be £50, so no point claiming that back! Thank goodness we have the good old NHS at home.

Can you honestly beat this life?

Day four – Tuscany 2015 – Lazy day

Lazy day today as we’ve been at the pool all day today.

Must remember though we are holidaying surrounded by Germans and Dutch as by the time we got to the pool area 99% of the sunbeds had be acquired by either people or people dressed as beach towels! It was like watching a game at the empty sad arena where by a lot of the city fans turn up dressed as empty blue seats.

There are several pools on site with a vast array of sun loungers dotted around the perimeter. The pools are busier than the beach which I presume is because of the 10 minute walk from camp to the beach.

My personal preference is the beach as you can’t beat a swim in the sea. The rolling waves crashing into you with the power to knock you off your feet are fun, both Josh, Michele and I all got knocked over on day two! Although my dad is not a strong swimmer he’d love the sea here, albeit that it’s not the same type of beach as at Ca’ Savio on the Venetian coast and the Adriatic where the beaches are white sand with a gentle slope into the sea. The sand here is more coarse in texture, dirty too in colour and slopes quickly into the sea. The sand here feels hotter than anywhere else I’ve ever been and is quite painful to stand on at times. Ca Savio was the last place I saw dad swim and that was some 8-9 years ago I think. Oh how times fly by, but you’d have to go back to me being about 8 years old to remember when mum last went in the sea and I’m not too sure she did then either!

Now back to the pools here at Park Albatross.

Each pool has a raised mound in the middle which is full of kids climbing up and sliding down. How there is no accidents in surprised! But the kids seem to enjoy it.

Around the pools there are a couple of bars and eating zones but we make do with bread, cheese and meats back at the caravan as well as the obligatory salad and olives for me, both Michele and Josh are both salad dodgers!!

Park Albatross is definitely the biggest campsite we’ve been on in Europe, even bigger than the one at Lake Garda, and I thought that one was big enough! Again there are not many English on site there are plenty of Dutch, Germans and Italians though. If the Italians are here then it’s a good site to be at. Even though it’s a big and busy campsite and the caravans being closer together than we’d previously experienced you don’t get the impression that you are on top of people. Around the pitches you get the odd child playing between the cars and caravans but they aren’t noisy or a problem. If you want entertainment in the evening there are the two main bar areas with plenty of showtime for everyone or you can just chill by your caravan and relax totally up to you.

The weather so far had been hot and sunny, except for the light showed we experienced on the evening of day two whilst I was coming on the BBQ but it didn’t put us off.

You may have noticed that my first three blog posts were a little hit and miss that’s because you only get 50Mb free outer day of internet access at the bar area and by the time my tablet has downloaded ask the emails and Facebook notifications of lost connection. I also tried to email my first two blog posts into my webpage but they seem to have failed miserably so I’ve had to resort to the old fashion way and type them up manually to the android WordPress app. I’ve also noted that there are spelling and grammar errors and missing photo’s which I’ll cure when I get home.

So at the end of another glorious day that’s all for now folks