Who’s that cute little girl, sitting confidently in St Peter’s square in Rome – why, roll back the years, that’s me! As a child my parents loved to travel, but my father being a university lecturer had long holidays but a small budget, so every summer we’d pack up the Morris Minor, bundle into the car in the middle of the night and head for Calais and the promise of adventures in Europe
I recently dug out this photo to illustrate a video interview I made for the good folks over at Tripfilms.com, the specialist travel video site where I’ve recently been posting a few of my videos. They decided they’d like to interview me on their blog for their Better know a member series and I decided that I’d do the interview in video to liven things up a bit. So do head over to the Tripfilm blog to see me talking about childhood memories that inspired me to travel, my favourite travel destination and tips for parents struggling to balance their travel aspirations and family life. You can see my Tripfilms interview here.
I can’t say that I remember much of Rome from my childhood visit although we took in all the usual suspects – the Colisseum, the Trevi fountain and St Peter’s Square. Most of what I know is from the stories my mother has told me since; About the friends they arranged to meet in the square but never found although they all swore blind they’d been there at the appointed place and hour; about the first visit to St Peter’s Basilica that had to be abandoned because my Mother was wearing a mini skirt, and about how I loved to tag on to guided tours in museums and churches. I went on to study history at University and I’d still a sucker for beautifully decorated churches.
The one thing I do remember from those European holidays is that we were allowed one ice cream a day – what treat! and we’d start angling for it as early in the day as possible in the hope that there might always be a second one later. Funny what kids remember – It’s not always what you expect. When I asked my son what he liked about our trip to Rome, he said it was the cool shower in our hotel room.
Anyhow, do head over and take a look at my video and let me know what you think.
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