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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.

Il Burchiello: A tour of the Venetian Villas along the Brenta River

Shortly after we arrived in Milan, I saved a scrap of paper with the name of a river tour that several of my Italian lady friends strongly suggested I take before leaving Italy. I became worried that the Coronavirus shutdown would make this impossible, so imagine my delight when I checked the website of the Il Burchiello river tour once we were allowed to leave the Lombardy region and discovered that the tour from Padova to Venice was available several days later. The full day cruise passes 50 villas and stops at three: the Pisani, Widmann and Malcontenta villas. On one day they take the boat from Padova to Venice, and then the next day they go from Venice to Padova, so we were lucky enough to book their very first tour going in the right direction for us. http://www.ilburchiello.it/en/

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!

A summer walk along a former Ligurian rail line

Our longest excursion while staying in Sestri Levante began one Saturday at 9 am and ended around 6 pm. We left from the train station, traveling to the town of Levanto, where we walked around and visited the church, and then headed for a 5 kilometer walk along a former train track that is now designated for walks and cyclists, passing through the very small villages (or borghis) of Bonassola and Framura.

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

Amsterdam: Mother-Daughter Trip to Remember!

After seven years of life’s interruptions delaying our trip, Mom (Grandma Suz) made good on her 50th birthday gift to me, which was to take me on a trip abroad, wherever I wanted to go.

Mother-Daughter time in Amsterdam!

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

The Villas around Milan-Villa Arconati

One could spend years visiting the villas and adjacent gardens around Milan and the lake region in northern Italy and still not see them all. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. First stop- Villa Arconati!

Villa Arconati

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