We're off on our annual 2-month sabbatical. My husband writes a blog about our travels and I'll post his entries here each time he has a new submission. I'll also put a link so you can see his photos, most of which go along with the story (all photos taken with an iPhone 6s+, some out the car window while driving (me yelling!)). His blog goes back a-ways, so you can look at other entries if you are so inclined!
Here are some generalities:
Start: March 12, 2016 ROME
End: May 7, 2016 PARIS
Transportation: some rental car, some train, some flights
Hotels: In general we stay in agriturismos, apartments, or small boutique hotels. We have been to many of these 6 or 7 times, and have come to know the owners and their families.
Route: here's the route + length of stay + lodging in sequential order:
-- Rome (4 nights) Colonnato di San Pietro "Moon" Apartment
-- Tuscany (5 nights) Agriturismo Savernano
-- Verona (4 nights) B&B Villa Beatrice
-- Bolzano (4 nights) Hotel Hanny
-- Salzburg (5 nights) Bloberger Hof
-- Vienna (4 nights) Pension Suzanne
-- Budapest (5 nights) Kapital Inn
-- Berlin (7 nights) Hotel Am Steinplatz
-- London (8 nights) Rosebery Apartment
-- Paris (9 nights) Apartment in St. Germain
Posting #1: Rome and Tuscany
“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.”
“My idea of heaven still is to drive the gravel farm roads of… Tuscany, very pleasantly lost.”
We arrive in Rome, once again to practice being Italian.
With affection, we refer to our cozy marble-faced apartment within the Vatican’s countenance as The Mussolini Arms.
We cover the Eternal City by foot, proclaiming our daily schedule and itinerary: “as and when!” No rush; no compulsive need to cover required attractions – this visit we are “just here” in Italy. Comfortable and quietly exhilarating.
Glorious weather favors our indulgence of familiar pleasures: Caffé Canova – caffé e latte and eye candy on Piazza del Popolo; Ristorante Vecchia Roma bordering the Ghetto – lunch of antipasti and spaghetti carbonara, operatic concert at the Sant’Agnese in Agone Church – a glorious recital of classic arias; half-marathon walks along the graceful curves of the Tevere River, bisecting the Holy from profane.
An Italian SIM card transforms our iPhone into a localized appliance capable of Googling every whim and vocalizing directions with near flawless precision. Our torment navigating foreign terrain is finally over! One comical exception – “she” pronounces Bologna “baloney”.
After 4 immersive days of surveying Roman culture, relaxed and in tune with the latitude, we transition via Hertz to the embrace of Agriturismo Savernano in Toscana. We are the first visitors of the season. “We open for you!” says Cosimo, the charming teenage son of Davide and Eva. We are welcomed by the family with a roaring fireplace and kisses on both cheeks.
This wonderful farmhouse, amid vineyards and orchards, is our base for 5 days. Each day we set out for excursions to Florence, Siena, to hilltop Preggio on the Umbrian border, and on a sleepy Sunday, to nearby Castelfranco where we thrill to a regional pro-cycling race. Evenings we return to the warmth of Savernano and relax with Davide’s Chianti and Eva’s home cooking.
Preggio, which we visited on our first day in the countryside, holds a special place in our memory. It is remote, wildly rural, an almost perfectly preserved hill town. Bruno and Elena live at the base of this Medieval setting among 2000 hectares of vineyards and produce “biologic” (organic) wine, olive oil, and honey.
We are treated to an eight course, four-hour lunch of hand-made delicacies- many of the vegetables and herbs gathered wild from their fields. Their hospitality and field-to-fork offerings are what draws us from Town to Country.
(pics here: http://www.choosewhatworks.com/blog/2016/03/citta-e-campagna-town-and-country-2/)
Recent ActivityView all Europe activity »
- 1 애이플러스카지노■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■인터넷바카라む인터넷바카라
- 2 야동카지노사이트■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■슈퍼카지노だ슈퍼카지노
- 3 태양성카지노■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■아시안카지노ぺ아시안카지노
- 4 서울카지노주소■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■온라인카지노が온라인카지노
- 5 아시아바카라【当→ TAB23。TK ←当】슈퍼카지노아시아바카라
- 6 오슬로카지노■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■바카라ぃ바카라
- 7 필리핀바카라■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■온라인바카라추천ポ온라인바카라추천
- 8 라이브바카라사이트■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■아시안카지노ヂ아시안카지노
- 9 그랜드바카라■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■온라인카지노주소よ온라인카지노주소
- 10 바카라사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』베스트카지노
- 11 바카라사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』로얄드림카지노
- 12 바카라게임사이트■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■온라인카지노ゴ온라인카지노
- 13 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』부산롯데호텔카지노
- 14 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』부산세븐럭카지노
- 15 카지노사설사이트■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■라이브카지노ダ라이브카지노
- 16 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』라스베가스카지노잭팟
- 17 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』마카오호텔카지노리스트
- 18 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』마카오카지노환전
- 19 바카라양방사이트■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■생방송카지노デ생방송카지노
- 20 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』마카오카지노복장
- 21 카지노사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』롯데호텔카지노
- 22 카지노투데이■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■바카라추천ぴ바카라추천
- 23 바카라사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』마닐라카지노롤링
- 24 바카라사이트『☆』SKT112。COM『☆』마닐라파빌리온카지노
- 25 마닐라바카라■※■『SKT700.CoM』■※■슈퍼카지노ぶ슈퍼카지노
2-Month Sabbatical: Italy, Austria, Budapest, Berlin, London, Paris