If you read our Winter Weekend Getaway post, you’ll know that life has been pretty crazy in the ESLT household and with four trips in the next four weeks coming up, there is no sign of it easing up. We are certainly not, in any way, complaining! We love doing what we do and the fact that we are able to travel as far and wide as we do is something we would never take for granted, but add into the mix full-time jobs that do not run to the same schedule, running a house, caring for family members and attempting to have a social life, sometimes we just need a ‘night off’ and the opportunity to spend some quality time together.
Our nights off have been extremely few and far between recently, in fact, I cannot actually remember the last time we kicked back and just did nothing, however, we managed to sneak one in over the weekend. Now, normally we love to cook a meal from scratch but even sometimes finding the time to actually shop for the ingredients and then slave over the hob for hours can be too much. Therefore, when Nisa Local sent us a couple of pizzas and a couple of bottles of wine from their new Heritage range, we settled in for a relaxed evening of eating, drinking, chatting and planning our next adventure.
With the pizzas in the oven, we poured a glass of wine each. A glass of Merlot for Mr ESLT, the red wine lover and a glass of sauvignon blanc for me. We clinked glasses, took a sip and sighed a breath of relief that for the first time in what seemed like forever, we could sit, drink, eat and chat. Our conversation quickly turned from chit-chat and general conversation to talking about our travel plans for 2018. With a few city breaks to Eastern Europe planned, our wedding anniversary in Scandinavia sorted and our main two week holiday through The Balkans in the bag, it was time to start thinking about where to go for my birthday in May.
As the oven pinged I flashed up the Skyscanner website ready to see what offers we could find for the times of year that we wanted to fly. We received two pizzas to try and opted for the spicy chicken one first, leaving the three cheese pizza in the oven on a low heat. We ate both pizzas, which priced at £5 for 2 had loads of topping on and were super filling, we drank both the bottles of wine, which for store own brand wines were pretty good and went down extremely easy and we found ourselves in a Skyscanner vortex. With so many options available in May, it was quite difficult to choose – should we revisit somewhere we have been before? should we try somewhere new? Should we fly long haul or stay closer to home? Then it all came together and in reality, there was only one real choice – Turin, Italy. Maybe it was the influence of the yummy pizza or maybe it was the bottle of wine each we ended up drinking? But whatever it was we cannot wait to head back to our favourite country in the world and explore a new city in May.
With our stomachs full, our heads slightly fuzzy and another trip to look forward to in 2018, we quickly tidied the kitchen and retired to the lounge, with a bar of Dairy Milk in hand, to watch a movie and relax for the rest of the evening realising that this would possibly be the last time we could have an evening like that this year. C’est la vie, it is the life of a traveller and travel blogger, it just means when we do get to have a night like this is makes it extra special for us.
How do you relax when you are not travelling? What’s your idea of a perfect night off? Have you been to Turin – we’d love your tips and recommendations on what to d, what to see and where to eat. Let us know by leaving us a comment.
- Pizza and wine provided by Nisa Local for purpose of review.