We spent almost a week in Gotland to celebrate Christer’s 70th birthday! We had wonderful weather, lots of good meals and hanging out with family, plus we got to ride on a very old train.
We spend our second week in Bagni di Lucca – about 30 minutes north of Lucca in Tuscany. There aren’t many tourists in this area and there are many beautiful rolling hills with villages on top. Also the food is insanely cheap.
We stayed in the same place as we did a few years ago – a little house with a small pool, lemon and olive trees. The hosts are excellent and live next door. There are turtles roaming all over the yard plus a super nice dog named Tessa. The host took us to one of the mountaintop villages for a tour and treated us to Prosecco and ice cream. It was a wondeful time as always!
We traveled to Camogli, a small fishing village in Liguria on the Mediterranean Sea. We spent a week there in a two-floor apartment with an amazing terrace. We must have taken over 100 photos of the view.
The village had a stone beach that we went to twice. We also took a ferry boat to the abbey at San Fruttuoso to swim. We visited the aquarium in Genoa and went to our favorite ice cream place in Levanto on the train.
For the second week of our trip, we stayed in the small village of Saorge in the Maritime Alps on the Roya river. We had an amazing terrace with a view over the valley and the constant sound of the rushing water. There were cute, little villages all along the river all the way to the coast. We visited a few coastal cities as well – Ventimiglia (Italy, but on the border), Menton (very cute French village, I recommend!) and then Nice.
Spent our first week of a 2-week vacation in the Piemonte region of Italy. We stayed in a huge apartment over a winery, surrounded by vineyards. The week was mostly filled with eating lunch in different little towns. All museums were closed and there wasn’t much to do, but our apartment had air conditioning, which was a treat for us!
A strange time to be in Texas, but we went to celebrate the life of my grandmother, Polly, at a memorial with the rest of the family. Luckily, we also got to meet up with some of our friends.
Our third week in Italy was spent in the Prosecco road, which was named a new UNESCO Heritage Site the second day we were there! This is the area where the DOCG Prosecco comes from. We were in Tarzo – a small village between all the vineyards.
Måns and I went to a Prosecco tasting where they are restoring an old building for a bed and breakfast. The fields have been in the family for 3 generations. We also had another impromtu Prosecco tasting near Santa Stefano.
We visited the National Park of the Belluno Dolomites, which is about where they start. It was really nice! On another day we went to Lido di Jesolo, which is a sandy beach near Venice.
And of course we had another visit to Ai Pioppi. This is the amusement park that one man built in the woods behind his food stand all by himself. All rides work just with human power. He’s been working on it for almost 50 years. It’s an amazing place so we had to go back!