Eurotrip 2017 Part 2 – Turin, Italy

After our Paris trip, we headed for Turin, Italy for the next six days. We took the train and the neat thing about about the ride over was how comfortable and quiet it was. Even though the ride itself was about six hours, it certainly didn’t feel like it. Napping was easy and it was pretty spacious.

Just like the last post focused on Paris, this one will focus on Italy. Same as the last post, the pictures below are a compilation of pictures that everyone took during our awesome trip.  Continue reading “Eurotrip 2017 Part 2 – Turin, Italy”

Orta San Guilio – Lago d’Orta

This post has been in the queue for a bit – our friends were visiting (YAY!), so we haven’t the chance to finish it.

Friday, 2 June 2017:

One of our “recent” day trips consisted of going to a nearby lake named Lago d’Orta (Lake Orta). This lake is northeast of where we live, and is a fairly quick ride over.

It was previously named Lago di San Giulio after the 4th century patron saint of the region, Saint Julius, up until the 16th century.

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We were a bit slow in getting up and about in the morning and we paid for it by having to search for a while for a parking spot. We ended up parking a bit away from the lake/town on the side of the road pretty much in a bush – it wasn’t the first time and definitely won’t be the last! 🙂  Continue reading “Orta San Guilio – Lago d’Orta”

Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres – Italy

This will be a more pleasant post, compared to the one before.

Sunday, 28 May 2017:

One of the great things about living here in Italy is the ability to visit nearby towns and discover something new and unique. We took a day trip to a few small towns the other weekend to visit their main attractions.

The three cities we visited were Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres, which are all in the Aosta area in northern Italy. A little less than two hours away for us.  Continue reading “Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres – Italy”

Venezia (Venice) and Verona

We recently went on a quick trip to Venezia (Venice) and Verona. It was a very pleasant experience and one that we fully enjoyed.

Before sharing the things we did and saw, I would like to recognize what a great job Venice’s law enforcement did recently. The day before we left for Venice (30 March 2017) was a terror scare. We learned that a few men had threatened to destroy the Rialto Bridge, which is the most popular bridge in Venice, because of the pride they felt after the London attack. Luckily, the police were able to intercede prior to anything happening, but I did question the intelligence of us going. However, as Nick said, this is probably the best time to go due to higher security that would be in place. We went along with our plans and everything turned out just fine.  Continue reading “Venezia (Venice) and Verona”

The Islands of Malta and Gozo

Malta is an island that I honestly never knew existed, which is a shame because it’s a beautiful and relaxing place to be. It is located between southern Italy and Northern Africa (see maps below). This sunny spot is actually where many movies and TV series have been filmed, including (but not limited) to Titanic, Captain Phillips, Troy, Popeye, and Game of Thrones.  Continue reading “The Islands of Malta and Gozo”

Paris, France

After we finished up with Amsterdam, Nick and I headed off to Paris. We landed pretty late into the night and stayed at a nice Intercontinental hotel. However, after determining that there wasn’t a pool (sorry Nick!), we decided to head off to bed in order to visit the Eiffel Tower early the next day!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016:

Before seeing the iconic tower, we of course had to get some pastries! We stopped by a place called La Petite Marquise. Let me tell you, they were simply amazing and pretty hopping! Each time we passed this pastry shop, there were people lining up even outside the door to get some fresh French pastries for breakfast. Continue reading “Paris, France”

Monaco, Nice, and Cervinia!

This post will be a bit of a compilation of places we visited on the weekend of 8-11 December. On 8 December, the Italy observed the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In other words, Nick had a long weekend, so we decided to go the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) for a couple of days.

Thursday, 8 December 2016:

After a couple of hours driving, we entered France!

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Barcelona, Spain!

As some of you know, we spent a long weekend in Barcelona, Spain from 28-Oct to 31-Oct. Let me start off by saying, we had such an amazing time. The food, the language, and the sites were all beautiful and special to experience. I was able to practice my Spanish and I absolutely loved it!

This was out first real trip outside of Italy, and it makes us so excited to further our experiences as time goes by.

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Annual Food & Wine Tasting Fair: Fiera del Rapulè

A couple of weekends ago, we made it out to wine country here in Italy. On the weekend of October 15-16, 2016, there was a Food and Wine Tasting Fair. However, what we anticipated as a regular “food fair” wasn’t regular per our usual expectations.

The fair is called Fiera del Rapulè: tra i colori d’autunno (Fair Rapulè: the colors of autumn); I’m not really sure what ‘Rapulè’ means still. It was held in a quaint village named Calosso in Asti; this is a bit south of us. According to online, most of this agricultural land is devoted to vineyards. We were lucky and the weather was beautiful the day we went.

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