Quick Take: Verona

We visited Verona on our (now annual) Eurotrip in May 2017. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2017
Days in Verona: 1
Travelled to Verona by: Car from Venice
Stayed at:
Giulietta e Romeo Hotel


Favourite restaurants: Formaggi e Salumi Gironda and Osteria Il Ciottolo
Favourite Sites: The Roman Theatre and Juliet’s House.
Tours: None.
Must See:
Duomo di Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, Corso Porta Borsari, Church of St Lorenzo, Castelvecchio, Lamberti Tower, Ponte Pietra, Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona, Roman Theatre, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Scaligeri Family Tombs, Piazza da Signorini.
Must Do: 
This city is relatively small and really easy to walk around on your own in just a few hours.

 

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Magical Doors: Bologna

There is something…magical…about doors in different cities. Each time I go to a new place, I notice that they each have unique doors and I fall in love.

Bologna was no exception. There are ton of beautiful and unique doors to be found if you slow down and take a look.

Here are some of my favourites:

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My 10 Year Anniversary with Rome

Thanks to those fun Facebook memories, I was reminded that July 3rd, 2007 I arrived in Rome for the first time.

I had traveled before. We traveled to the Caribbean often and I had spent a month in Ireland a few years before, but this trip was different.

I was traveling as a supervisor for a high school English credit (which just so happened to have my brother and cousin taking the class). The students had class during the day, and we spent our afternoons Rome-ing around.

That first day exploring we visited the Baths of the Diocletion, the Piazza della Republica and the Spanish Steps. I remember so vividly walking from the Baths to the Spanish Steps when it hit me – these were the roads that an ancient civilization walked on, these were the places they built. Here I was, thousands of years later, being in awe of all of it. That feeling of being in awe followed me each day – to the Vatican, through the Forum, to the Pantheon and on our day trip to Florence.

That month changed my life. I learned so much, about myself and this beautiful city. I grew as a person. I found a strength in me I didn’t know I had. It sparked a love of travel and need to continue exploring the world.

No matter where my travels take me, I always feel a calling back to the Eternal City.

Quick Take: Venice

We visited Venice on our (now annual) Eurotrip in May 2017. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2017
Days in Venice: 3
Travelled to Venice by: Plane from Toronto
Stayed at:
Hotel Campiello

Favourite site: The Grand Canal!
Favourite restaurants: Trattoria alla Rivetta, Ristorante da Cherubino, Ristorante Antica Sacrestia
Other Great Spots: Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta to Go, Bacaro Risorto
Venetian Specialties: Bigoli in salsa, Scampi with polenta, Bacalá mantecato, Polenta
Tours: Walks of Italy – Venice in a Day Tour
Must See & Do:
Piazza San Marco, St Mark’s Basilica, Grande Canal & Rialto Bridge, Fish Market, La Fenice Theatre, Mercato Rialto, Dodges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and take a Vaporetto ride. Gondola rides are fabulous, expensive but fun.
If you have time: Take a ride to the island of Burano and Murano.
Day trips: None.
Tips: Buy a Vaporetto day pass (good for 24 hours) to get around and see the sites from the water. Most dinner restaurants probably need a reservation (which you can mostly make online).

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We’re home! In fact we flew in less than 24 hours ago. Fingers crossed we can fight this jet lag quickly!

We had a fabulous time with the best weather possible! I’m going to do a series of blogs on this trip, but in the meantime, I’m going to leave you with this photo of Venice at sunset.

 

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Italy – May 2017 Update

Okay. I admit it. I was far too boastful in my trip planning. After thinking about it (logically and financially) we’ve made some changes to our trip.

Here’s the thing – as much as I love Italy (and I really do) there are some cities *cough*Venice*cough* that I want to go to once and feel as though I don’t need to go back. We also realized there was more we wanted to see and do in Emilia Romagna.

Here it goes:

Day 1: Land in Venice at 7:30am. Take a nap and stroll around.
Day 2: Venice tour day!
Day 3: Day trip from Venice to Burano.
Day 4: Drive to & tour Verona.
Day 5: Drive to Bologna, stopping at Parma.
Day 6: Bologna tour day!
Day 7: Day trip from Bologna to Modena.
Day 8: Train from Bologna to Rome!!
Days 9 & 10: Tour Roma.
Day 11: Fly home.

Last weekend we booked all of our accommodations so now it’s just time to plan our tours!!

If anyone has any recommendations or tips for these cities, please share!

Italy – May 2017

I feel like an evil genius! I’ve figured it out!

I believe I’ve mapped out the best trip possible for us starting in Venice and ending in Rome.

Here it goes:

Day 1: Land in Venice at 7:30am. Take a nap and stroll around.
Day 2: Venice tour day!
Day 3: Day trip from Venice to Burano.
Day 4: Drive to Golfo Paradiso, after spending a few hours in Verona.
Day 5: Tour Golfo Paradiso.
Day 6: Drive from Golfo Paradiso to Bologna, stopping at Parma & Modena on the way.
Day 7: Bologna tour day!
Day 8: Train from Bologna to Rome!!
Days 9 & 10: Tour Roma.
Day 11: Fly home.

We’re going to be moving a LOT more than normal but I think we’ll be okay!

If anyone has any recommendations or tips for these cities, please share!

Quick Take: Lisbon 2016

We visited Lisbon again on our (now annual) Eurotrip in 2016. Here is the quick take!

Visited: May, 2016
Days in Lisbon: 4.5
Travelled to Lisbon by: Plane from Barcelona
Stayed at:
 Airbnb

Favourite day:
Cascais!
Favourite restaurants: Bonjardim, Maria Catita and Cascas.
Favourite Squares: Praca do Comercio, Rossio Square.
Tours: None this time ’round, we just spent time at the beach.
Must Do: 
Visit each of the unique districts in Lisbon. Enjoy a Fado show. Stroll and enjoy the historic capital.

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Take a look at what we did during our trip to Lisbon in 2015!

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It’s official!

We’re heading back to Italy this May for our 30th birthdays and 5 year wedding anniversary!

We have a very vague plan right now – fly into Venice and fly home from Rome. The idea is to road trip our way down and *finally* be reunited with Roma for the last few days. The countdown begins to all of the pizza & gelato… and Parmesan…and prosciutto…and *drool*…

Here is my wish list of stops:

~ Venice
~ Burano
~ Verona
~ Bellagio and Lake Como
~ Parma, Bologna and Modena
~ Golfo Paradiso
~ Maybe Florence
~ And finally, Rome.

Hopefully we can fit it all in! We will be going on our shortest trip to Europe so fingers crossed!!

Oh The Places You’ll Go…2017

Well, it’s been 2017 for 10 days now and I’m planning travels for this year! Here is a list of what we’re thinking for 2017:

~ Montreal or Ottawa road trip with our friends for our 30th birthdays.

~ Italy for our 30th birthday slash five year wedding anniversary trip (I’m thinking a road trip of the north with a few day stop in Rome – of course!).

~ Perhaps a second trip to Europe, for an extended long weekend.

~ Las Vegas!

~ Boston or Chicago (or both) road trip.

~ Rounding off the year somewhere hot, if our time off allows. I haven’t had a beach vacation in years!

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