We hopped into a little boat, it wobbled, there were only 8 people onboard including the driver. He had a paddle to push off the cave walls. We had to duck because the roof was so low, we couldn't turn around to get our photo taken because we could have wacked our head!
We went fast and there were some tight corners, the driver was very clever.
There were lots of stalactites and stalagmites. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and stalagmites grow up from the ground. A way to remember which is which is, stalagmites has a ground for ground in it and stalactites has a c for ceiling in it.
When the light shone on them they looked like chandeliers!
I went halves with Daddy to buy a drone!!! I saw someone flying one and so I wanted one too. I used money from my savings, birthday money etc.
So I ordered one online. When it arrived I crashed it! I am still learning and doing lots of practice.
I love flying!
Modica is a beautiful chocolate town. There is a museum there, but it was closed when we visited. So instead we went to a chocolate café for hot chocolate with whipped cream. It wasn’t as good as Florence, but it was till good. Daddy had a Moroccan coffee (which had spices and chocolate in it) and Mummy had a baroque coffee (which was coffee with cinnamon and citrus), they were very small and strong.
There was no lunch at the café (only lots of chocolate!), so we went to a bakery, I got a delicious ball of rice, called Arancini. It had some filling and was covered in breadcrumbs and fried.
Next we went to some chocolate shops we go to do taste tests. My favourites were the Trapani salt one and the Jasmine blossom one.
Modica chocolate is crunchy and grainy. It is made a special way so the sugar doesn’t melt. It is dairy free and mostly just has chocolate, sugar and flavour in it. It is yummy, but different to normal chocolate. The recipe came to Sicily a long time ago from the Aztecs in South America.
There were deer in our back garden again today. I think I saw three deer but I might have miscounted. They were brown on their backs and white on their belly's - well that's what I thought. It was dark and hard to see them. They didn't like our carrots, but they loved the crackers we left out for them.
We went out and got them some special deer food, so hopefully they will hang around and we will get to see them again. Hopefully we can get a photo next time.
We went to an amazing Christmas market in Cusset, it was very big. Daddy brought 5 macaroons, they were delicious. That was the best thing I had all day! There were lots of other yummy things there too.
Then we went too Chatel-Montage and had hot chocolate to warm ourselves up. Then we went to a brocante (second hand sale), they had mostly clothes, shoes and toys.
Like in manu other towns the poeple have their Christmas tree outside, it looks very pretty.
Camille got some snow boots, she liked the pompoms on them. Then it was home time.
Today we went to Vichy to a Brocante or second hand/antique market. We got some Macaroons, they were delicious. Then we went to Issoire for a Christmas market, but it wasn't on!
We looked in the church, then drove to Champeix, a pretty nearby town.
When we were driving home we went through a town called Pouzat. There was a market there. We stopped for a look. They had horse and carriage rides, trampolines, pretty stalls and Candy Floss. So we got our Christmas market in the end ... just not where we thought it was!
We woke up early and took the bus to Vichy. When we got there we went to the Petit Pot - which is a cafe. We got 5 delicious croissants, then we picked up a rental car. In the car we went to Varennes, half an hour away, for their Marche de Noel or Christmas Market. The market was in a big hall/shed. Santa wasn't there yet, but there were lots of stalls and we got some hot chestnuts.
All around the town there were Christmas decorations, outside all the shops were real Christmas trees and all the rounds abouts had huge displays.
Today be played Boule. Grandma, Camille, Maddy and I went to the BBQ area to a big sandpit. It is a game where you have to throw heavy ball’s to hit a little ball. We had two teams, Camille and Grandma were on the same team. Maddy and my team won.
There is a little wind behind us, so we put out our two front sails one in either side. Then the wind came up and we try to put the very front one away but at one point it gets stuck! So Mum, Dad and I put the second one away. Then Mum went up front to see what was happening with the front one. The rope to pull it, the reefing line, was jammed on itself. Dad went up with the boat hook and Mummy and I put it away. It was fixed!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.