We left our Lazio house this morning, very sad to go as we'd finally got it back in good order, everything looking great, sun shining and we were packing. Not so much to bring back as we found this visit that prices in Italy had rocketed, we can find identical products considerably cheaper in Scotland but we did buy quite a lot of wine from our local vineyard which we hope will travel well. Starting out on the journey home was daunting, the Italian autostrada was so busy and stop go round major cities like Florence and Bologna, but eventually we got into the Dolomites and the scenery was so fantastic we felt better. We are now in Innsbruck and have just had a really nice dinner in the hotel garden. After more than two weeks of Italian cuisine I thoroughly enjoyed my pork fillet in a cream and mushroom sauce with broccoli and potatoes in fact I suggested to Mr FF that if we ever moved to Italy permanently we could pop into Austria now and then for a proper gravy dinner.
I have lots to tell you about our holiday, its been hard work and I had terrible problems when I broke a tooth but now I need to sleep. We are hoping tomorrow to have a quick walk round the town before moving on through a variety of European countries in each of which I will not be able to stop myself saying grazie instead of merci, danke or whatever. We catch the ferry late afternoon Wednesday, should be back in Scotland early Thursday morning. Its Mr FF's birthday tomorrow and I don't even have a card for him, Happy Birthday driver extraordinaire.