As well as the food we described in our last post, the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy is famous for something else that Italy is famous for around the world. Speed! Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati and Ferrari all are based in this area.
Italy is arguably the king of countries when it comes to gastronomy so what Bologna, the supposed food capital of Italy, would have to offer the hungry traveler has to surely be the stuff of dreams.
In June of 2014 we sold our San Diego home and everything in it and started traveling full time. The last three years have been an amazing experience.
Luckily there were no end of gorgeous towns to visit with an hour or two's drive from home base. Here are a few of the pictures we took, maybe you'll see why we felt the love for this amazing corner of Europe.
The place was amazing, not our usual budget AirBnB standard, we had a pool, huge terrace, gourmet kitchen and a farm to play in. We got to pick our own vegetables and have fresh eggs to feast on. Our hosts gave us a tour of the farm where we got to pet donkeys and taste their amazing cannoli.
We spent a fantastic week in Madrid, just wandering the neighborhoods and getting a feel for the pulse of Spain's capital city. During the week we sampled multiple neighborhoods to get a feel for the different sides to the city.
After 5 weeks in the city we are in a much better position to decide if Lisbon stays on the potential home list or not. Lisbon is a fascinating city with a rich and colorful history and like everywhere there were a number of pluses and minuses for us.
We had heard good things about Portugal's second city Porto a few hundred kilometres north of Lisbon so decided it was worth a trip there. We weren't disappointed.
After many years living in the states, we had forgotten what a busy holiday Easter is in Europe. It's a time when everyone gets out of dodge and heads somewhere else for the long weekend. Apparently lots of people from Lisbon leave town to visit elsewhere, but I have to believe that twice as many people visit from somewhere else to take their place.
Even though we are not ready to put down roots yet, we are potentially looking for a home base from which to explore more in 2018, so we are weighing up all of our options.
Traveling by train is always fun, the client's business area was interesting and the chance to connect with an old friend was irresistable. So Iain and I used out best Spanish to get the tickets for the right train and headed along the Mediterranean coast to Nice - our base for a couple of days.
We knew we were in for a treat when we did our research ahead of time, but we never anticipated such a stimulating, noisy, fun, crazy, crowded, amazing experience that stimulated all of our senses.
As full-time travelers, we often get asked "Did you win the lottery". We didn't! This means that our travel style has to be kept within the budget constraints we have set ourselves to make our lifestyle possible.
Our plans for 2017 began to take shape last year, with the idea of a family vacation in Europe. It seemed so odd to be thinking 9 months in advance, but now we are just a few days away. And we are ready!
I know we are stereotypical Californians to complain about rain but "like seriously a Bombo-f*&kin-genesis!"