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Pisa, Florence and back to Barga

All days blending into one ....


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The week before our wedding was an utter whirlwind with trips to Pisa where Jeremy wrote his speech in the campervan while I caught up with family, Florence where we met up with Jeremy's cousin Oli and his family, and back to Barga for the legalization of our marriage and reunion with many family and friends.

Completing the legalities

Completing the legalities

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A highlight was going to a local patisserie to sample pastries for our wedding day. Absolute and complete heaven!

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Amongst all of the chaos it was such a relief to be able to see family arriving and relaxing in the gorgeous setting of I Cedri .

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Uncle Andy and Uncle Ed

Grandpa and Grandad

Grandpa and Grandad

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With my mama

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Lucca

The final week before our wedding


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After our visit to I Cedri we needed to hurry to Lucca where I had a hair and makeup trial that afternoon. After only a few hours of sleep the night before this was indeed a full but VERY exciting day.

In Lucca we stayed at Park Luporini, just outside the city walls, which was a perfect position to walk in and out of the city centre with the buggy.

Park Luporini

Park Luporini

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We have both visited Lucca before so only spent a few hours in the centre before finding our way to Lido Di Camaiore right on the coast where Daniela had recommended a Sosta called "Park Camper Kennedy". We needed somewhere to pause before the wedding and it was a brilliant spot, a 5 minute walk from the gorgeous beach and less than an hour away from I Cedri. We arrived just in time for sunset which beckoned an impromptu dip in the water which was the most perfect way to start our stay here. The water was the most perfect temperature and the beach was empty which accommodated our lack of togs very nicely!

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We spent the next three days here mucking about, sorting out long overdue domestic chores and buying booze!

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I was able to use wifi at a local hotel to complete last minute "wedmin" which was a huge relief. Our several days spent here were critical in us finding our feet and heads!

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To Tuscany!

Visiting I Cedri for the first time

The drive from Padua to Barga was another long stretch but as we were visiting our wedding venue at "I Cedri" for the first time the next day, we had no choice. It was another post midnight arrival but thankfully we managed to find the Sosta "Camper Barga" before too long with the guidance of a local. We had visited Barga around 5 years previously and fell in love with this gorgeous town so to be back here, this time with two children, was an absolute dream.

Feeling somewhat shattered the next morning, the excitement of visiting "I Cedri" and meeting our host Daniela for the first time helped us quickly overcome our fatigue. We were utterly blown away by the venue from the moment of our approach, it was utterly breathtaking and even more beautiful than we had imagined. We spent a few hours discussing finer wedding details and took time to absorb the beauty of this amazing hilltop location that overlooked Barga.

Not a bad view for a carpark!

Not a bad view for a carpark!

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Mylo with Daniela's grandaughter

Area for band and dancing

Area for band and dancing

View of Barga

View of Barga

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Where we will be married!

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Wonderful Daniela showing us options for the ceremony location

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The stairs for my approach

The stairs for my approach

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It was such an enormous relief to finally see our venue and to have even our lofty expectations blown away. It all felt very real now and we started to feel rather excited!

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Italia!

Hello Padua


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Crossing into Italy felt like a huge relief as we were now in the country where we would (all going well!) marry -in 10 days time! We had no particular destination in mind, our choice being governed only by needing a safe place to sleep. Without access to the internet we probably called my parents 6 times on the drive from Slovenia to Italy , frantically getting co-ordinates for a possible "Sosta" that would allow us cheap camping as being the middle of summer, campsites were prohibitively expensive. After several failed attempts to find semi rural sites we headed into the deep dark heart of Padua. We saw campervan signs all leading to a point that we could not seem to find but finally, just after midnight following around 8 hours of driving, we saw the Sosta. It was located in Piazza Rabin and we finally gained access after asking another camper for instructions (knocking on their door at this hour felt rather uncomfortable but it was necessary!) The boys were long asleep so after transferring them we slipped into our own relieved slumber.

One of the coolest things about campervanning is the ability to stay somewhere different every night and the morning surprise of seeing a destination after a nighttime arrival. While our nighttime navigation gave Jeremy and I some awareness of our surroundings, Mylo and Felix had no idea where we were so it was a wonderful surprise for them to open the curtains and see Italy outside! We were all a bit surprised to see, only a few meters away, a group of tourists standing in our "camp ground" enjoying the incredible gates to Prato Della Valle. Due our wedding being less than 2 weeks away we could only stay a day here so wasted no time saddling up the boys on the bikes to explore this beautiful city.

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Slovenian underworld


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After Ljubljana we returned to Bled for a night to collect our much needed Sat Nav before turning South, driving right by Ljubljana again (!) toward Italy.

We stopped at the campground "Adria Ankaran", just south of Trieste on the Adriatic Coast. It was a very different feel to Lake Bled but it felt brilliant to be on the coast. There was a small fair which Mylo enjoyed a few rides on before we went down to the beach which was windy and wild. Before passing into Italy we decided it would be worthwhile to experience some much talked about Slovenian caves so the next day we back tracked (again!) for half an hour to the Skocjanske caves. It was well worth the detour and we enjoyed some really spectacular views both under and above ground.

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