tirsdag 19. juli 2016

Kevin's 65th birthday! -And the rest of the trip in Italy

This morning me and Ole again decided to sleep in a bit. It was tuesday morning, and there would be no more David Gilmour shows on this trip. But we had a big birthday party coming up later.
We got up between 11 and 12, got dressed and headed out to meet Philip, Laila and David for lunch. They had found a cosy spot, so we enjoyed a great meal here. Pasta with wild boar. Don't think I tried that before, but damn, that was good! They also had great orange juice. We sat here enjoying the food and drinks for a while, and then we headed out to walk. I got to buy some Verona souvenirs and just walk around in this beautiful city with great people.
We walked to see Juliet's terrace and the statue of her. It's said that you'll have good luck in love if you touches her breast. So I had to try that.

David and Philip at lunch

We kept on walking, and then it was decided that we were heading to Philip, Laila and Davids flat. We brought a few beers on the way, and headed over to the flat. They also had a rooftop terrace, so we sat up there, enjoying life. It was actually a bit cloudy this day, so there were no problems sitting up there.
On the terrace we talked about Pink Floyd, and David actually fell asleep. Looked very comfy!

View from rooftop

View from rooftop

View from rooftop

David fell asleep

We sat there for a few hours, and then me and Ole had to head back to our hotel so we could get ready for the big celebration. I showered and put on a lovely dress, that actually felt too warm, but I wanted to dress up nicely for Kevin.
Just before 6, we headed over to the regular pre-meet up place. And we sat here until 7.30, enjoying more drinks and great company.

Me and the birthday boy

At 7.30, Kevin lead the way to a restaurant he had picked out. And it truly was the most beautiful spot. Over the last days in Verona, we'd always been sitting outside the venue, which is a quite buisy area. But the restaurant was close to the river with a lovely overview of the bridge.

Beautiful group of people

We were 16 people around the table this evening. And after being with these people over so many days, I really felt lucky to be a part of such a wonderful group. We ordered food and good drinks. This evening, me and Ole shared a bottle of Prosecco.
It was such a beautiful end of a trip with these people. Everybody was talking, laughing and telling stories.
After the dinner, most of the poeple in the group had to go back to get some sleep. And I had to say goodbye to so many lovely people. Such a sad moment, but I just felt lucky since I got to know them all.

In he end, it was me, Ole, Kevin, Philippe, Nick, Csilla, John and Mira left. We headed over to a place where they sold beer, and this is the place where we spent the rest of the evening.
I did hear about a shot called lemoncello, and someone ordered one of these to each of us. Not the best I've tasted, but not bad either.
So we sat here for hours - and everytime we ordered a beer, we ordered a new round of lemoncello shots. Needless to say - at the end of the night, we were all lagging drunk!
But we had such a good time. Ole put on music on his phone, and we all sang along.

Listening to "Amused to death"

Two Norwegians with the same nose!

Lemoncello cheers

At one point, it was time to go home. So me and Ole walked with Kevin and Philippe, since we were going in the same direction. When we crossed the beautiful bridge, I got an idea that I wanted to climb up some steps, and take a picture from the top. Not long after, all three lads climed up as well.
I don't think this is something 4 lagging drunk people should do in the middle of the night. But it went all good.
I was the first to go back down, so I could take pictures of them on the top as well.

Picture of me playing dead! I did a great job!

We had so much fun! And again, what a great way to end the most perfect trip!! Me and Ole stopped by Kevin and Philippe's hotel on the way back, and after a few minutes we headed back to our own hotel. We should have gone straight to sleep, but Ole got the brilliant idea of calling Wendy! I've been friends with her on facebook for years, but never met or talked to her. So that was a great way to end the night.

So happy I got to join this wonderful man on his birthday!

The morning after, we woke up around 10 - not feeling too great! We blame it all on the lemoncello.
We packed our stuff, checked out, and headed to the same place we had lunch the day before, with Philip, Laila and David. I couldn't stand eating too much this morning, so I got a lot to drink, juice, cola and espresso. We sat there for a while, and then we all shared a taxi to the train station. Here we said our goodbyes with David, and the rest of us got on a train to Milan. The train ride was long, and I was so tired from the day before, but we at least had good company.
We said our goodbyes to Philip and Laila, since they got off about an hour before Milan. The rest of the ride to Milan, I think we both slept on and off.

This morning I really had a hard time finishing the Underberg

Waiting for train to Milano. A bit tired

We arrived at a huge and buisy train station. I knew at once that this would be nothing like Pompeii or Verona. This was the big city! We got in a cab that took us to the hotel and checked in there. The room was bigger then in Verona, but still no air condition. But the room still felt cooler.
I think we both just wanted to go to sleep, but felt like we had to do some sightseen. So we headed out, found the metro, and found a stop we wanted to get off. Problem was that this stop was closed, so we drove straight past. Then we went off on the next stop, and walked towards the stop we wanted to get off.

It was a nice area, so we tried to find something to eat. But the restaurants didn't look buisy at all! No poeple inside! And there were people who worked at the restaurants who tried to get us to eat at their restaurants. Like they do in Greece, Spain etc. Again, after being in two small and lovely city's, none of us felt like being bribed into eating somewhere.
So we headed back to the metro and found a different stop. When we were about to go outside, it started to rain. A lot. We were standing there for about 30 minutes, and when it didn't stop raining, we got on the metro again, heading for another stop, where we thought we could find some food. There was a place we went in to, but it was loud, and they didn't serve much dinner. And we really wanted one last Italian dinner.

My last pasta in Italy for now

We googled up a place, and went for it. It was not too far to walk, but at this time, it got really cold outside! I was wearing a summer dress and Ole was wearing shorts and t-shirt.
At this place, they had Italian food, so I ordered pasta and Ole ordered Calzone. Whilst waiting for the food, we saw a lightening. And only half a second after came the thunder. It was so close and so loud, I actually got a bit scared! But there were no more thunder and lightening after this.
We enjoyed our meals and beer, and then we headed for the metro to go back to the hotel.

Safe back in the room, we had one last Underberg before we lied down in the bed, actually a bit cold - for the first time in a week. Ole put on some Pink Floyd music, and then we fell asleep.

Few pics from Milano - so here's more from Verona

Kevin & Ole

The next morning, we got up around 7, packed our bags and checked out, We jumped on the metro that would take us to the train station. The train tickets we had bought the day before, so we got on a train to the airport. As soon as we got there, I got to check in my luggage, but Ole had to wait. We went to have breakfast, and then again tried to check in Ole's luggage, but it was still too early, since he had a flight two hours after mine. So we went to the security check and said goodbye. And now I was alone, for the first time in 8 days.
I headed over to my gate, and not long after, it was boarding time. The line was long, so I didn't bother standing in line for a long time. And then I saw Ole again! He knew what gate I was in, so we got to hang out the last minutes before I had to board. We said our goodbyes again, and I went on the airplane.

Last goodbye in Italy

It was about 2 hours to get to Copenhagen, and then I had to change the flight to Stavanger. There was a delay on about 20 minutes, but that didn't bother me. I landed in Stavanger around 4, and then the trip was over for now.

Italy - I love you

For all of you I met again or for the first time in Italy, it has been an absolute pleasure! I had the week of my life, enjoying great shows with great people. The food was perfect, and the drinks as well. Thank you all for letting me be a part of this! I will cheerish this week forever!
I mean - I got to see David Gilmour live in Pompeii and in Verona. My two favourite venues of all time. 
Until we meet again - I'm sending you all a big and warm hug 
Want to send an extra thank you to Ole for being a great travel buddy! So glad I had someone to be with all the time, and that changed flight home, so I didn't have to be alone in Milano!
I am forever grateful!

mandag 18. juli 2016

David Gilmour live in Verona - Part 2

This morning we slept in for a while. It's been 5 days where I had to get up early due to travelling or sightseen, but this morning - I wanted to sleep a bit longer. Not the easiest thing to do in a warm room, but I got to rest up quite nicely. We went out to grab something to eat, and found Philippe and Matthijs, so we joined them for a late breakfast/early lunch. Matthijs was going back home today, so it was nice with a last catch up with him. After we ate, me and Ole walked around for a bit, and then we met Nick and Csilla. We hung out with them for a while, before they went shopping.

Stiking a pose! Beautiful bridge in the background

Me and Ole bought some cold to drink and sat down on the grass in a very small park. When Nick and Csilla was done shopping, we walked over to a cafe near their hotel. We sat here for a while, and whilst sitting there - Ole went away for a while, talking on the phone. It turned out he had called SAS airlines and changed his return ticket! He was supposed to go back to Norway one day before me. But he changed it so I didn't had to go to Milano by myself! Too kind! After a few beers, we joined them over to their hotel. It turned out they had a swimming pool! So we walked over, bought some more to drink, and had a nice chat.

Ole rocks! Stays one extra day in Italy!! (Pic from Pompeii)

Todays pre-meet up was at 6, since the concert were to start at 9. Me and Ole headed over to the meet-up place around 5.30. We met up with the others, and bought some food. I started to get exited again for going to another show! I was planning to see 3 shows in Italy, but this would be my 4th.
This day I had my first pizza since I came to Italy (exept one slice I bought at a train station). Good pizza, but I must say - I'm more of a pasta person.
So we sat here enjoying our food and drinks. Kevin was walking around trying to upgrade some tickets, but with no luck. It was getting closer to the show, and Kevin asked if I wanted to wait a bit longer to see if he would get better tickets. I was fine with the same tickets as the day before, and I got to go and see the show with Philip again.

Again, ignore the facial expression

What a fun group of people!

Spot the gril with the yellow-ish dress

Same procedure as last night, we went in the same gate and found the same places as last night. Well, no seats were available, so we sat just behind where we sat yesterday. This evening we managed to piss off quite a few Italians. I had no idea what they were saying, cause they did not speak English at all. Philip did his best to calm them down, and after they moved around a bit, and we bought them a few beers, it seemed like it was all good.
So now we were trying to enjoy the show. Which is not so hard. Just needed to make the Italians happy first. The show was great today as well. "Us and them" was off the setlist again, and "Great gig" was back. Small changes, but still keeps us alert.

Almost same seats as night before

When the intermission started, we were wondering if we should move and sit somewhere else, or stay in the same spot. We ended up moving about, and suddenly we were all the way down at the floor! I had never expected to be all the way down there. So we walked around for a bit, and when the show was about to start, we went to the back and found a few seats.We sat down, but knew we might move if the people were to return to their seats. And after a few minutes, they did. Then we walked up a few steps and sat on the stairs. It was the perfect view! The stage was straight forward. On the second part of the show, I found my favoruites to be "Fat old sun" (as always), "Coming back to life" and of course "The girl in the yellow dress". And yes, I had a yellow-ish dress on today as well. The song is just not the same without the dress. Before London, I will go search for a canary yellow dress! Going all in!

Happy happy happy

During second half of the show, we sat here and enjoyed the show. It was a special show, since we knew it would be the last show in a while. The next one will be in London in the end of September. I never wanted this evening to end. Had such a good time! It was all so perfect.
During "Run like hell", I had to step out for a bathroom break. I was sure I wouldn't be able to get back into this area without a valid ticket, but that was a risk I had to take. We had quite a few beers! Anyways, I told Philip I would try and find him if I could manage to get all the way down to the floor again!
Good thing was, they actually had a few toilets inside the venue, so I didn't have to show my tickets. I ran back in to the venue, and looked for Philip. He saw me, and came down the stairs. Then we went as close to the stage as we could get. And we were standing here for the last 3 songs, dancing like two crazy people.

After the show. Happy, but aslo a bit sad it's over

After the show ended, we headed towards the exit. Several times I had to turn my head to get a last glance of the beautiful venue that had given me such a good time.
We went out to meet up with the others, but didn't sit long before we had to walk around the stadium to see if there could be any ticket stumps left or something. We found some posters. Well, I say we. It was Philip who found loads of different concert related stuff. He always seems to find things and just bring it along. So I felt my moment had come. I saw a piece of paper hanging on one of the gates, and I went to get it! Such a rush!
After this we headed over to see if we could catche a glimpse of Gilmour leaving the venue. All I saw was a black car with dark windows. It could have been his. It could also be someone elses.

After show drinks

With the beautiful venue in the background

This evening we were out quite late. When the restaurant we had pre-drinks at wanted us to leave, we managed to find a place that was still open. This was at 3 in the night. And we ordered large beers. Little did I know they sold 1 litre beer... But we had such a good time after the show as well. The night had been magical, and none of us wanted it to end.
I finished my beer with good help from Ole, and then we walked back to the hotel to get a few hours of sleep.

Look what Philip gave me!! 

Those beers were huge! When I drink with both hands - it's time to go home!

But I was not alone with the huge beer :D 
Fantastic people!!

Philippe got to pose with a sign as well

søndag 17. juli 2016

David Gilmour live in Verona - Part 1

Bye bye Mount Vesuvio and Pompeii

Saturday morning I woke up around 9, but since I hadn't slept all that much, I wanted to close my eyes for a few more seconds. About an hour later, Ole woke me up, and said it was almost time to go. I finished packing and then we had to say goodbye to Joe and Tommy. I hate goodbyes! But they were staing for a few days extra and were not going to Verona.
Me and Ole grabbed our bags and walked towards where the concert had been the previous days. We found Philippe and Matthijs hotel, and went into the lobby to wait for a taxi. The taxi came after about 15 minutes, and drove us all to Naples trainstation. Here we got on a train that would first stop in Padova and then we had to change to a train that would take us to Verona.
Hello Verona

After about 4 or 5 hours on a train, we arrived in Verona. Me and Ole grabbed a taxi to our hotel. The check in went well, but there was no air-condition there!!! In Verona! It was bloody hot there as well! There was a fan in the room, so that's something, but not nearly good enough.
So we changed and headed out towards Arena di Verona. This was were we would all meet. Me and Ole was the first to arrive, so we got a table and then we had to wait for the others. Not long after, Kevin, Philippe, Matthijs and Yoshiko showed up, and we ate a lovely dinner.
After dinner and a few drinks, the temperatur was a bit lower after the sun went down, so we descided to do some sightseen. Beautiful city.

Arena di Verona

Sightseen after sunset

The next morning, I woke up wet of sweat. The fan was not even close to an air-condition. We got ready to go out, cause we could not stand staying in thet hot room longer then we had to. So we spent some time walking around in the city, had some breakfast/lunch. We walked around for a bit longer, and then we decided to go and visit Kevin and Philippe. When we arrived, they were heading out to do some errands, but I really liked it in this airconditiond flat. So When Ole, Kevin and Philippe went out to do errands, I got to borrow Kevins bed for a one hour nap. And that was just what I needed. When they got back, me and Philippe had some red wine outside their flat, and Ole joined us when he returned.

We're on a bridge!

I even had to lie down under a tree to cool down

The pre-meet up was at 7. The show was not starting before 10, since there had been an opera played in the venue the night before. We were a big group for this dinner, and we had such a lovely time. The food was good, the drinks were good and the company was perfect.
When the concert was about to start, Kevin told me that I could switch one of my tickets for the next day for a ticket for sundays show! I was in shock. Some of us had planned to sit outside the venue enjoying the music from there, so I was not at all prepared for a show. But as a Floyd fan, and especially if you are travelling with Kevin, anything can happen! I will be forever grateful that he wanted to switch tickets with me!

Laila and me at pre-meet up

Me and Ole drinking wine instead of beer for once.
Just ignore my silly facial expression ;) 

It was me and Philip who got tickets, and we got the standing tickets in the back. It was quite crowded, but Philip has been to a good share of gigs before, so he knew where to go. He grabbed my hand and lead me to a nice spot. We were just behind the next section (where the tickets was a bit more expencive). He saw a chair, and snuk me down to this chair! And from here we had great view! We bought some beers and enjoyed the show.

View from our seats

Us and them back on setlist

The sound in Arena di Verona was louder then in Pompeii, so at some points it felt like the entire arena was shaking. The acustic in this venue is also fenomenal, so when the audience cheered, you got a surround sound. Felt really great to be a part of. And it really is something special to go to a show you didn't expect going to. I got tickets only 10 minutes before the show started. I wasn't even dressed for the concert! But I really could not care less. I had such a great time, and me and Philip sang through every song that was played.

Philip and me - two happy people 

It was a bit strange not to have lightshows coming from all around the venue. But I don't mind. It was something special for Pompeii.
Also, in Pompeii, we were all standing together during the shows, so I was glad I at least had one other person going in with. Would be a bit sad going in alone. And me, like a partly shy girl who don't like to bother anyone else - I would have probably found the worst place if I went in alone. Very happy I could go in with Philip.

Verona concert buddies

When the show was over, we headed back out to the others. They were sitting at the same table we had the pre-meet up. So we all joined them for a few more beers. I was glad when they told me that they heard the entire show from the outside. After Pompeii, I want everyone to have the same experience. And since not everyone could go in, they at least got to listen to the music again whilst enjoying good drinks.

Statues outside the venue

Since the show started so late this evening, it of course ended late as well. So we didn't stay out too late this evening. When I finished my beer, me and Ole tried and man up, knowing we had to go back to the sauna.

Good night to beautiful venue, beautiful music and beautiful people