So I have been neglecting my blog over the last few weeks and I have two reasons for this. Reason one, poor internet connection, and reason two, I have been completely destructed travelling! And it is exhausting!
I have enjoyed ever minute of my time overseas but as soon as I finish dinner, I flake it ! And I can't help it. I think it's a combination of busy, active days and increased wine consumption with dinner. Two things I will not stop doing!
Anyway , since my last post I have travelled a fair bit. After Sicily I went to Calabria to spend some time with my relatives from my dad's side. They live in a little Paese ( village ) called Gioiosa Ionica. It was such a great experience netting them for the first time and getting to know family on the other side of the world.
From Calabria I jumped on an over night bus and headed to my next destination. One numb bottom and 8 hours later I arrived in Rome. On this same day my parents were arriving in Rome so as soon as I checked in to my AirBnb apparent, I got ready and went to the market to buy some fresh produce for them to pick on after a long 36 hours travelling. The Campo Dei Fiori market was less than 1 minute from our apartment and quickly became our local point of interest for fresh fruit every morning. We did all the touristy things a tourist does in Rome, visiting all the main sights and eating as much as our stomachs could handle.
After Rome, we travelled to Lucca, a small town 30 minutes outside of Florence, Tuscany. We stayed in an apartment with a little balcony overlooking a quiet piazza with not much going on (which was absolutely perfect because our previous apartment in rome was so noisy and bright that we had trouble sleeping).
Lucca is a gorgeous town, quiet and safe. It was nice coming to a place where you could walk down the street without being harassed by people trying to sell you roses or umbrella hats. We spent most of our time exploring on foot or riding bikes around the walls of Lucca. A picnic lunch on the wall was a nice change to eating in a restaurant and a lovely break from a 23km bike ride!
A day trip to Florence and Cinque Terre and a 2 day stay in a Villa belonging to my dads cousin in the countryside completed our very relaxing stay in Tuscany.
Zurich, Bern, Basel Bern, Zurich, Basel. Then finally, Colmar. After Tuscany we had almost a week open to do whatever we wanted. Choosing a place proved harder than we thought as there are so many beautiful places to visit in Europe. We finally decided to head to Colmar, a destination on both my mums and my bucket list. We caught the train from Florence to Milan, then Milan to Basel, then Basel to Colmar. An expensive adventure but definitely worth it. Alsace is a world of it’s own. The architecture in this region of France is something I have never seen before. I have also never seen such clean and manicured villages before.
Again, we explored Colmar by foot. Which in my opinion is the only way to do it. Day trips to Strasbourg by train and Germany by hire car kept us busy. As well as a stunning drive along the famous Wine Route or “La Route De Vin’s” which is a MUST if you ever come to this part of France.