Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 13 Sept 2016 - T for travel

Hello lovely peeps, Here I am again after a short absence. I have been to Italy to celebrate my son's 40th birthday and to cuddle my nearly two yr old grandson. 

The place in Italy where I lived and worked for many years (and my son still lives) is called Guardiagrele. It sits in a national park called Parco Nazionale Maiella Abruzzo. Here is a photo of the town:
My son lives in the old centre in a modern house built on the ancestral site.

We live three and a half hours drive from the airport, and I had an early morning flight, so we left the day before in our campervan (RV) and parked near the airport. we also wanted to visit Ikea (a Scandinavian furniture store) as it's very close to the airport. We had needed bedsight cabinets and stupidly only bought one instead of two. So there we were to get cabinet number two!

I'm writing this because we had lunch in Ikea's restaurant and there is a drink in the photo:
Hubby had lasagna and chips and I had a slow cooked pork knuckle, which was delish!

The other reason is that from the restaurant we had a view on the car park. You might be interested to see that the entire roof of the car park is made of solar panels. They are too many to count. I have taken two photos in two different directions, and that is only the bit we could see from where we were sitting.

The journey went well. From Rome I had another three and a half hour journey by bus, but it all went smoothly. 

Here is my little grandson:
And here is my son blowing his 40 candles on his birthday.
I musn't forget my postcard. As you can imagine, there were lots of postcards waiting for me when I came home. 
I chose to show you this one:
As you know, I love windows and doors and this window, sent to me from Russia,  also has a cute kitty looking out of it. 

That's it from me today. I'm going to link up with Elizabeth at Altered Booklover. Why don't you join us? Just post anything as long as it has a drink in it.

I must rush now as I have two plum tortes in the oven (yes, the famous NY Times recipe. It works every time). Will show pictures next time.

Happy T-Day,
And a good week,


  1. Interesting food at your IKEA. We get nothing like that here at IKEA. They must vary their menu a bit from country to country. And I love the solar panels in the car park. What an excellent and green idea! Looks like you had a wonderful trip to visit your son. It looks like a beautiful part of Italy. And your grandson is adorable! Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  2. Glad you had a great trip to Italy. I like the sound of the food you got from IKEA, they always have good food there. The postcard with the cat in the window is great. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. I have never been to an Ikea although there is a store about an hour and a half away. Those were some long rides to get to your destinations but what an enjoyable time! Your grandson is a cutie. We should have solar panels like that around here. Love that sweet postcard too. Happy T day!

  4. I have never been to an Ikea, either, but it's because there isn't one within a 1000 miles of where I live. Seems they never made it to the middle of the country.

    That was a LONG trip to your destination, but I can tell it was well worth it. I'm sure your son was as happy to see you as you were to see him. And you have an adorable grandson, too.

    Thanks for sharing your IKEA meal and drink as well as your trip, and that adorable kitty in the postcard with us for T this Tuesday. And welcome home, too!

  5. well, Ikea is very common here (the next one is about 25 min away) and whenever possible we try to Combine it with breakfast of dinner... it is very tasty and not so expensive.
    what a cute photo of your grandson and happy belated bday to your son!
    and of course i love that postcard!! just gorgeous!
    happy t-day, lisca!

  6. A furniture store with a restaurant... interesting ...lol ! We have Ikea here too and my soon to be 30 yr old daughter loves it... But i don't think theres a restaurant in it... :) Your grandson is sooo adorable... So good to see you back Lisca! Happy happy Tday!! Hugs! deb

  7. I'm not sure if our IKEA has lasagna. The solar panels and covered parking lot is very unique. Never seen anything like that before.
    Cute family photos! and of course postcard!

  8. We're getting an IKEA here in Memphis soon, and now I'm wondering if it'll have a restaurant. I'm looking forward to checking it out. Those mountains make a stunning background to the photo. Happy Birthday to your son. and Happy T Tuesday :)

  9. I have been to Ikea, but it was way down in San Diego. Now there is one closer, and when/if we get the new house built I'll be going there for things for my craft room.......*grin*

    Your grandson is so adorable..........yes, I would travel hours and hours to squeeze him too! To bad you are so far away. Very handsome son too! What a gorgeous area in which to live....I never tire of a view of mountains.

    I LOVE that post card!

    Happy T-day

  10. It looks as though the food in your IKEA is better then the ones in England - usually a disappointing experience! What a brilliant idea for the car park! I feel for you having to travel so far to see your grandson - I am so lucky to have my three all within a 30 minute drive! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  11. Wow, how amazing to live at the foot of a mountain, what a wonderful place, the vista is spectacular! It looks like you had a very special visit for your son's birthday and to see your grandson, who is so adorable blowing bubbles :-). The solar panels are so clever - shading the cars from the sun whilst collecting it's energy, genius! Your pork looks good, fthe food is always fab in Ikea! This week's postcard is wonderful and the kitty cat even looks Russian ... lol! Hope the plum tortes made it out of the oven ok, I can't wait to see the photos, bet it tastes delicious :-). Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  12. It seems you had a lovely visit with your family, the photos all look great. I was interested with the solar panels in the car park, that is a super idea. I think Ikea food is quite good here as well, its always tasty and good value. Look forward to seeing your plum tortes next time.
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

  13. Your meal looks delish.....I REALLY Love the solar panel idea in the car park. I wonder why they don't do that in Australia? It makes such good sense! And that photo of your Grand Boy is beautiful - what a special treat to share your son's 40th birthday. I'm so glad you had such a good holiday:):) Bet hubby was pleased to see you home, though!!!

  14. Always fab to join Ikea Restaurants and how great you could manage to celebrate with your son! AMAZING !
    A fabulous postcard !
    oxo Susi

  15. Great idea to have the solar panels as a roof. Bet you had a lovely time. Postcards are sent and should be flying over to you as we speak. Have a great weekend, Angela x

  16. Love your grand son and your postcard.I don't know what Ikea restaurants are. I am glad you had a great time with your son.