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Flash Back Friday : Venice with Diadora

I went on a trip to Venice with Italian sportswear brand Diadora. Diadora have
a rich history of providing footwear for true sporting icons, Marradonna, Bjorn Borg,
Messi, so it was really just a matter of time before they found their way to me.
After landing and arriving at the city I was very excited to get to the Diadora museum
and factory.

Diadora Factory Venice

I don’t normally get in a tiz about museums, but I’m in jeans, it’s 35
degrees and I was told that baby had AC. Once inside I got to learn about the true
craftsmanship that goes into making their footwear- only ten machines are used at a
time. Disappointingly none of the machines can actually tie shoelaces let alone a
double knot. You’re not allowed to enter wearing a competitor’s footwear or even
take pictures! So naturally I….

Diadora factory

Once we'd learnt all things Diadora, we went for a little sippy-sippy at Sandi Villa.
We had a walking tour of the vineyard before tasting the goods ourselves. Which
couldn’t have come soon enough. When it comes to wine, window shopping is just a
few steps from torture. Nice house...

Sandi Villa, Venice

...nice wine

aeperol spritz

and nice peach!

Italian peach

 
A wine tour will and a bottle of the good stuff ranges from 8-
40Euros. Stock up! 


We finished the evening by heading to dinner on the terrace of Sagredo hotel.
Beautiful views overlooking Venice, a lovely glass or three of prosecco and some
gorgeous Italian cuisine- mamma mia! The 15th century hotel oozed with opulence
and grandeur and was decorated with Modern art outside. The northener in me felt
well out of place, the only old buildings in Blackburn are the old Woolworths and
C&A. The hands are there to show a supporting hand to Venice. Sad but true, it’s
‘sinking’.

Sagredo Hotel, Venice

Next day I woke up late. I put the blame at the door of the hotel black-out curtains
and my dead phone, though not sure my fellow travellers did. Still, we had
enough time to go on a walking tour around Venice. We were given little walkie-
talkies so we could hear our tour guide and just in case we got lost, which was a
touch since my phone was back down to 5%.

Diadora OOTD


I learnt that Venice is actually made up of loads of different islands. Each time you
cross a bridge, you're on a new island, though no passport control thankfully. We also
found the most beautiful bookshop in the world. Filled to the brim with paper and
words. There was even a staircase made out of books that took you to a fab view at
the top. That’s if you survive the climb, I don’t seem to recall paper being a popular
building material. I also saw the building that Amal and George Clooney were married in! Well, it mattered to me.

venice by boat

 St Mark's Square is not for the faint hearted. If you hate crowds this is hell on earth
but I'm into it. St Marks Bacilka is stunning and although there's a ban on feeding
pigeons I came across another fellow sign-defier.

pigeon feeding

Museums in Venice are ALL closed on a Tuesday and guess what day I went to see
the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi? Plan B ensued, a lovely art fair that’s on
every two years.
I'm not usually into galleries as they often require etiquette such as speaking quietly, a
talent I was not blessed with at birth. Fortunately loud blabbing and guffawing was
permitted at this art fair. There's even art that you can touch- check it out! 

Venice Art Show 2017

Finally we got a boat taxi. If you really want to be fancy get one of these hunks to
paddle you around for an hour on their gondola. I now know exactly why they call it
the city of love. 

venice marriage proposal

Learning all about the beauty and craftsmanship of Diadora products - tick
Views of Venice from the top of shopping centre -tick
Eating my entire body weight in pasta and cheese -tick
Sipping on Prosecco & Aperol spritz like its water -tick
Having a long ride on this man’s big gondola?! - Dammit, maybe next time.

venice gondala

 

XOXO

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Diadora

BOOKSHOP VENICE

5 Things You Must Do In Malta

I recently took a trip to Malta to check it out. I’d never been before and didn’t expect much, yet absolutely loved it. If you're fortunate enough to take a trip there, here are 5 things you must do in Malta.

AJ Odudu Malta

1. Visit Valletta

As the smallest capital city in Europe it’s easy to walk around within a few hours and is filled with quaint cafes and wine bars.

Velletta Malta

It’s like one big open air museum with interesting facts about architecture, art and history. It was my favourite place to visit in Malta because of;

A) The Upper Barrakka Gardens, which used to be private gardens for the Italian Knights until after WWII, when they were made public to us mere mortals. 

Upper Barrakka Gardens
                     The views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens are drop dead gorgeous

                     The views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens are drop dead gorgeous

B) Luzzu aka a traditional Maltese boat. I took a ride on one which I clearly thought was an absolute hoot!

Maltese Boat Trip
Luzzu Boat, Malta

C) St John's Co-Cathedral which was stunning. It doesn’t look too pretty from the outside but once you enter, the level of opulence and art is off the scale. It even has the only signed paintings from the artist, Caravaggio. Not bad eh?

St John's Co-Cathedral in Vellatta, Malta

2. Take a Boat Trip

There’s no better way to feel like a captain than by spending an entire day on a boat.

AJ Odudu Malta

The sea is also a great way to sight see. We sailed out to enjoy the crystalline waters of Malta, the Grand Harbour of Valletta and the Three Cities before dinning on board. My dinner date was the cutest dog in the world.

Buddy the Dog, Malta
Buddy The Dog

3. Visit Azure Window

Azure Window, Malta

Hop on a ferry from Malta to Gozo and if you dare, take a segway tour from Ta’ Pinu church to Dwejra. 

Ta'Pinu Church, Gozo
Segway Tour Malta

You'll enjoy views of the Inland Sea before stopping off at the Azure Window to swim and take pictures.

AJ Odudu Azure Window

4. Visit Mdina

If you’re a TV or film nerd, then the former capital city of Malta, Mdina is the place for you, as scenes from Game of Thrones have been shot there. It has narrow streets, is candle-lit in the evenings and the nickname of this Medieval town is The Silent City which is ironic as it was the opposite. In fact I ran around the city making as much racket as possible, at a very happy volume.

Mdina, Malta
Run in Mdina

5. Trek Around Kimono

Catch a boat and take a walk around Kimono island before swimming in the blue lagoon. The water and views are spectacular! 

Kimono, Malta
Trek in Malta, Kimono

Alternatively chill out with a cocktail on Golden Bay Beach because sometimes, lounging about is a perfectly acceptable activity, especially when you're on holiday. Safe travels! 

XOXO

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