After two days of the-world-is-about-to-end-rain the sun finally came back out today. I decided to celebrate this occasion by spending the afternoon exploring the park at Villa Borghese.
I made way there past myriads of tourists and up the Spanish Steps – when you go up there are actually no people at all! All the lazy tourists stay at the bottom 😉
The park is huuge! Although I had quite a long walk, I only managed to see a little bit. I watched the little boats on the pond and then placed myself strategically on a park bench in order to soak up some sunshine whilst reading.
And when it finally started to get cold, I found a lovely little café and had some tea and dolci for merenda – quite an English-Italian clash, I admit. Old habits die hard! ^^
Being aware, that it’s probably one of the last days Isa and me will be off together for quite a while (Isa found a job at a restaurant, which basically means no weekends off and I’ll start my proper office-hour job next week), we decided to make the most of the sunny day and went out for a lovely walk in Hampstead Heath park.
Now, I have a bit of a complicated relationship with Hampstead Heath. We went there to see the fireworks at New Years Eve 2013/14 (omg, how time flies!) and I fell in love with the park and the view from Parliament Hill (well, as much as you can in a rainy night surrounded by thousands of people). Anyway, there and then I adopted the resolution to come back and explore the seemingly marvellous park. Well… needless to say that I didn’t. And to make matters worse, for more than half a year, when I was still working at Finchley Road, I passed it every day on my way to work. And it was tempting me and reminding me how easy it’d be to just go there on a day off and that I just couldn’t manage to do so.
But I finally last summer, we did go there; on the hottest day of the year. And I talked Gonzo into going for a swim in one of the muddy ponds! It was a lovely day and we actually managed to go for a walk and enjoy the daylight view from the hill. It was gorgeous and I was so happy that we finally came back!
There, now you know how it took me about a year and a half to do a simple thing as visiting a park. And that’s how Hampstead Heath became somehow a reminder for me: how in London it sometimes can be hard to keep plans and how little it effort it would actually take.
Anyway, Isa and me took the tube to Finchley Road and from there walked through posh Hampstead Village to the park. It’s a really beautiful area, but you can basically smell the money as you walk through; big old houses, CCTV cameras on the fences and expensive-looking cars (not that I really have an idea) in the streets.
The park itself is, as described in length above, is absolutely lovely and we truly enjoyed the walk. But even though it was a sunny day, it was very windy and we both got cold and hungry, so we decided to have an emergency-merienda. We had a not-too bad cup of tea and sad defrosted slice of cake in the uncharitable park cafe. But it did the trick and we went on to the top of the hill and around the pond. Eventually we rewarded ourselves with some very nice carrot cake at the bakery across the street.
And all is well, that ends well.
Or: if the cake is good, the day is good! 🙂
So I basically caught the obligatory mid-winter cold – and that means that over the last couple of days I was hibernating at home; in my pyjamas, reading Dune, eating more or less healthy (Ben & Jerry’s has looots of vitamins, I’m sure!). And even though Gonzo took real good care of me, made sure I always had an extra blanket, cooked for me and watched silly musicals with me, today I was so sick of being sick!
I’m not very patient and I just had to get my head into some fresh air for a bit.
I admit it wasn’t even sunny or nearly friendly weather outside, and actually it just stopped raining about an hour ago, but the park across the street basically screamed my name and I couldn’t pretend not to hear. So I went for a lovely Sunday walk in the park ❤
It had 14 degrees today, the birds were chirping and some trees even started to bloom already. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the grey clouds and my calendar telling me it’s actually January, I’d get spring fever right away!
PS: this song has been stuck in my ear the whole day. I kinda feel it goes with my mood today.