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Venice After Lockdown-Quiet and Beautiful

After our boat trip along the Brenta River from Padova to Venice, we decided to spend a few days in Venice. It was very different from my visit in 2018. I doubt that we will ever see Venice again in this state of virtually no tourists- only locals and some Italians coming from nearby areas.

Padova (or Padua): Giotto frescoes and an historic Botanical Garden- A Day Trip from Milan

As Italy continued to open up its regions after the Coronavirus shutdown, we left the Lombardy region to visit nearby towns accessible by train. Padova was on our list because of its famous botanical gardens and the Cappella degli Scrovegni where renowned frescoes by Giotto adorned the walls.

The Wine and Food of the Piedmont Region

Before we got locked down due to the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, we took a glorious trip to the Piedmont region with friends from back home.

Grapevines in the Fall
Happily touring the Piedmont wineries!

Back to School in Sestri Levante

Our stated purpose for two summer weeks in Sestri Levante was to attend an Italian language school http://www.abcschoolsestrilevante.com, but escaping the scorching city heat became equally important as our un-air conditioned Milan apartment climbed into the 90’s during July!

Nervous for first day of school!

Vigevano and the Museum of Shoes- A Day Trip from Milan

Home at Last!
Vigevano!

On the recommendation of a friend, one of our last fun trips with Mom on this “Mother-Daughter Trip of 2019” was a day trip to Vigevano from Milan, known as the “Ideal Town”; home of a modern-day “Museum of Shoes” and boasting a beautiful piazza and castle.

Vienna: A Mother-Daughter Trip to Remember!

By the time Mom and I made it to Vienna, we were ready to slow things down a notch.

Budapest: Mother-Daughter Trip to Remember!

Budapest view from Castle Hill
Rainy day in Budapest!

I met a lovely woman in Milan who originally hails from Budapest, Hungary. She also happens to own a flat in the historic Vth District of Budapest (the “Pest” side), on the very desirable pedestrian street of Vaci Utca. Venturing beyond the safe confines of the European Union border, my wish for our mother-daughter trip was to get out of our comfort zone and experience an area neither Mom nor I had visited before. What better place to visit than Budapest?

Castle Hill

The Ruins and Ceramics of Central Sicily

After a few days in Taormina, we packed up and headed to Central Sicily with anticipation. On our list: touring the Greek ruins of Agrigento; staying at an agritourism site; enjoying a visit to Racalmuto (childhood home of Kevin’s grandfather); and stopping in the famous ceramics town of Caltagirone.

From the mountains to the sea: Easter in Taormina

Our first trip to Sicily began in the famous resort town of Taormina where on a clear day Mount Etna looms large from on high, and the aquamarine blue waters, with crashing waves and dark, rocky beaches, beckon below.

Mt. Etna from Taormina
From Taormina looking to the sea
The streets of Taormina
The view from Hotel Bel Soggiorno

Tredesin de Marz

It’s springtime in Milan and that means . . .  lots of festivals. Guest blogger Kevin got a chance to experience a unique Milanese festival that is almost two thousand years old called Tredesin de Marz.   

Tredesin de Marz

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