Thursday, July 29, 2010
We've been called adventurous, but it takes a certain kind of adventure-lover to take young kids on a camping trip. We didn't exactly rough it (are those air mattresses and a pack 'n play in that tent?) and our amazing friends did most of the meal and gear prep, but I still think it is a more-work-than-play experience. That being said, I think we're going back for more this fall!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It rained off and on for most of our time in Florence, but it was easy to dodge the drops by ducking into a church or museum until the rain cloud had passed by. We even got to bike through Florence -- a fun sort of near-death experience.
We stayed in a wonderful little farmhouse apt in Levanto (Erba Persa). Our first full day in Cinque Terre, we hiked the breathtaking path from Levanto all the way to Corniglia (14 kilometers; both the red and blue trails) and had the best picnic of my life with the region's bounty while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
We toured a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory (with tastings!). The whole thing was free and just for us. I recommend it to anyone going to the area of Parma. Just contact the cheese consorzio directly to set up a tour.
My cousin Beatrice took us on a tour of Torrechiara (castle) and the city of Parma.
It almost didn't happen. That Iceland volcano blew just 10 days before our departure. It cost us London (boo-hoo), but we still got to go to Italy. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa B, our girls were in good hands and we made it a sort of second honeymoon.
Part I of the trip is Bellagio and lake country gardens and villas.