I was lucky enough to win a trip to Venice courtesy of Naked Wines and have just returned from a most fantastic break.
For the competition I had to write a Valentines poem which was fortunate as I had just written one for my husband's Valentines card so I submitted that - thinking firstly that the judge was Italian and wouldn't really 'get' it and secondly that there was no way that I could win!
I received a telephone call late on a Friday afternoon and to say I was ecstatic was an understatement. I was so chuffed to have won such a creative competition and Venice is a city I have always wanted to visit so it was the most amazing news.
We stayed in a beautiful hotel, met up with winemaker Alessandro and drank lots of wine, were treated to lunch with Alessandro, his sister and some of his staff (that was an experience!) and generally had a fab time. They also treated us to dinner one night (and more wine) and gave us 200 euros to spend.
Next week we are off to Center Parcs to stay in a 3 bedroomed lodge for 4 nights - again this was a poetry competition and out of 400 or so poems, mine won! We cannot wait for Center Parcs, in fact I think we are more excited than the kids.
Comping is a fantastic hobby. I used to think it was a bit 'sad' haha! but now I think it's pretty cool, and it makes every day exciting waiting for that winning email, phone call or long white envelope. Roll on tomorrow!