A summer holiday in Italy should consist of great wather, great food and great beaches, right? Why then, did we end up at a beach that seemed to double as a skip?!
We took Bambina to the beach. She has been to a beach before but never in the sea.
We arrived at Bibione at about 7.30am. It’s the only time that you can take a child to the beach when the daily climate reaches 37 degrees by lunch time.
There we were, all decked out with our sun umbrella, cooler bag of chilled water and goodies to munch on. Bambina looked super cute in her matching bikini bottom and hat combo and it took me back to day trips to Blackpool when I was little, only there were no donkeys in this beach.
You expect something kind of special when visiting an Italian beach. You expect golden sands dotted with svelte bronzed bodies, turquoise waters and cascading purple and pink bourgonvillia. You expect something a bit like these from my Pinterest board, La Mia Bella Italia.
Although I’ve been to many beaches in Italy before, I had never been to Bibione. I’m sorry to say that I won’t be going again. It didn’t resemble any of the above at all. In fact, it was so 1950′s, it made Blackpool look like Las Vegas! The holiday apartments are all mustard and beige, the prom is lined with chinese owned shops selling dolphin ornaments covered in shells and we visited the worst gelateria where the ice cream was so bad that the Italian sent it back and refused to pay!
My initial excitement at having a lovely beach stroll along the waterfront with Bambina was soon quashed when a rubbish lorry passed by stinking the place out. This was soon followed by the biggest tractor I have ever seen. What’s with that? A tractor on the beach!
The Italian took Bambina for her first paddle in the sea and as she was oblivious to the goings on around her, she was thrilled. She was kicking her legs, splashing the water and wanting Papa to go with her into the tiny waves. She screamed and laughed as he pretended to jump over the “surf” and it was a delight to see my baby so happy.
As the beach began to fill, I noticed that there seemed to be more dogs than people.
“Are dogs allowed on public beaches in Italy?” I asked the Italian.
“Of’a course’a. You ‘ava a dog’a, you’a don’a leave’im at ‘ome do ya?!”
“But they’re not on leads. They’re roaming around freely to poo and pee in sand where I’m walking…more to the point, where Bambina is walking and playing!!”
I was disgusted. If Bambina dared to pick up a hardened dog turd in her sand bucket, there would be hell to pay! Maybe a shovel wasnt enough to clean the beach of dog turd at the end of the day, they needed a tractor!
A lovely morning at the beach was spent with my lovely daughter and husband.. and a bin wagon, a tractor and a preview of this years Crufts!! This photo from a Vogue cover shoot almost describes what it was like, this with the dogs and machinery thrown in, not far off it.
Lets hope our next trip the beach is not as unfortunate as this!
- As Italy Beckons (teaandbiscotti.com)