120Apologies for my recent absence… you would be forgiven for thinking I had abandoned my blog and gone AWOL… well I haven’t… I have just been on holiday.

Ok so this is an endurance blog so where have I been and what have I been doing? Some tough mountain climb perhaps? A hard trek somewhere remote? No? Well then how about some really challenging ultra race somewhere hot?

Wrong. Not even close. I have actually been on a ahem- cough- cruise. Ok ok a CRUISE- I have been on an all inclusive Mediterranean cruise. With food on tap all day and sun beds on deck and bus trips galore…

In my defence it was a family holiday with my mum, Step dad and two sisters and yes it was lovely… not my usual type of holiday (of which people usually speak in inverted commas) but very enjoyable. And I did do quite a lot of walking. And used the gym twice! The beauty of a cruise is seeing lots of different places and checking out the ones you would like to explore further- so you see it was a recce really- honest!!

So where did I go on the good ship Ventura? First port of call was Venice- lovely romantic city, I would love to go back there again as we failed to find St Marks Square and I found a shop selling amazingly cheap Murano glass pendants and glass sweets.

... Just one cornetto...

… Just one cornetto…

Next up was Kotor in Montenegro, which is a lovely medieval city and UNESCO world heritage site. Once we’d walked round and had coffee me and my older sister, being adventurous souls, paid the three euros to climb the crumbling and uneven steps alongside the old city walls up to the ancient St Johns fortress. There are 1350 steps and the view over Kotor bay was amazing. Our ship looked tiny out in the middle of the bay, and the surrounding wall of mountains gave it an almost Norwegian feel.

The Ventura in Kotor Bay

The Ventura in Kotor Bay

Corfu was our next adventure but not a very active one as we were taken by bus to a couple of view points and liquor tasting. However I have since read that there is a long distance route across the island called the Corfu Trail so I may be back…

A typical Corfu bay

A typical Corfu bay

Bella Vista

Bella Vista

Me and my older sister opted for a trip to Rome but chose to set our own itinerary rather than join a tour. We had six hours in the eternal city but it was nowhere near long enough! I had pre-booked tickets for the Coliseum and Roman Forum and thanks to the fact that we are both fast walkers we managed to fit in the Trevi Fountain and the Parthenon for good measure- as well as a completely essential Italian ice cream… plus we had a bit of a jog back to the coach meeting point, so we got in a work out as well as some sight seeing!

Rome

Inside the Coliseum

Inside the Coliseum

Our last stop was Corsica with a trip that took us into the village of Bastelica high in the mountains for a trip on a little yellow train that ran on the steep twisty roads through the village. Of course, Corsica is home to the GR20, supposedly the toughest long distance walk in Europe as it’s rocky and exposed… hmm is that a challenge or what!!

Corsica Mountains

Corsica Mountains

Ajaccio Bay

Ajaccio Bay

So I have been very lazy and have eaten far too much… time to kick my own butt and start to get into shape for something tough and adventurous! Oh wait, I am going to Spain in June…better take the running gear then!!

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