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.  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”

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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Il Circolo dei Lettori (Readers’ Circle)

Hello! It’s been some time since I’ve last posted. I apologize for that. But, hopefully we’ll be back at it soon!

Firstly, I’d like to share with you that I (along with a few of the wives here) have recently joined the International Women’s Club of Torino (IWCT) to not only make some new friends, but have different ways to entertain myself. One of the groups they offer is the Reading Group. Well, of course, I had to join this. I’d be crazy not to!

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Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso – Orco Valley

Saturday, 6 August 2016:

A few Saturdays ago we went to a national park here in Italy called Gran Paradiso. It is a mountain in the Graian Alps. Sharing its beauty with France, the park on the other side of the border is called Parc national de la Vanoise (Vanoise National Park). Unlike national parks in the U.S., we did not have to pay an entrance fee, which was a nice little surprise. Gran Paradiso is split into five different valleys. We focused on the Orco Valley for this trip. One of the villages that connects to the Orco Valley is called Ceresole Reale. As we entered this little village, we were greeted with this sight…

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Lago di Como (Lake Como)!

Saturday, 9 July 2016:

One of the most famous lakes here in northern Italy is Lago di Como (Lake Como). It is the third largest lake in Italy (after lago di Garda and lago di Maggiore). We have heard from several people how beautiful and relaxing it can be here at this Y-shaped lake. Therefore, we decided to make a day trip here with Zoey!

Below shows where we are in respect to where lago di Como is. The second picture shows the two villages we explored (Bellagio and Varenna).

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Parco della Rimembranza (Memorial Park)

Sunday, 3 June 2016:

We took our very first family hike in Italy at Parco della Rimembranza (Memorial Park). This park was opened back in 1925 after the Allied victory in WWI to remember Torino’s fallen soldiers.

As some of you know, Zoey loves being outdoors. She would obviously prefer woods over streets any day. Less noisy, less crowded, and simply more peaceful. As an added bonus, we can let her off leash during these types of walks! long as she listens (someone had to be put back on the leash at the end of the hike because she wasn’t listening…tut, tut).

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Roma (Rome), Italy – Ancient Rome

Saturday, 14 May 2016:

To celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary, Nick decided to surprise me and spend a long weekend in Roma! Well, in reality, it didn’t turn out to be too much of a surprise since he mentioned it in a passing conversation almost a week before on accident! Very convenient, though, since I ended up planning most of it! Lol 🙂

We knew it would potentially rain, so we brought our rain jackets, thinking that we would be all set. Little did we know that we would be extremely wrong!

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