Firenze in February

Meeting my old roommate from Florence back again in the city we lived is the best time ever. A weekend is never long enough. The weather in February is surprisingly nice and sunny, especially coming from grey and cold Germany. We flew with a connection in Munich this time and Air Dolomiti was a new... Continue Reading →

Roma for New Years

Buon Anno da Roma! After a long haul back from the U.S. with one day of work in between, we had planned Rome a while back knowing our friends from Cali would also be in Europe again this New Year's Eve. We had met them for the first time at New Year's in Barcelona and it was... Continue Reading →

Lago di Garda, Italy

Lake Como is famous for fashion factories and George Clooney, but Lake Garda is actually the largest lake in Italy. Staying at the south end of the lake in Garda in Rivoltella, it is almost equidistant to drive there from the Milan airport as it is to drive to Lake Como. It took us about... Continue Reading →

Italia: Gorizia, Grado

We spent the weekend visiting family in Northern Italy in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. We flew into Venice airport in an hour direct from Stuttgart and rented a car to save time. It didn't really save time on the way there as we waited for the rental car for over an hour in line,... Continue Reading →

Hop on a plane to Sicily

We were home in Stuttgart for the first time in, for me over 6 weeks. In Stuttgart, Marienplatz Festival was going on that weekend and the apartment was on schedule for a much-needed clean. Well... Instead of all that, we booked the cheapest direct flight we could outta here. Our destination that early Saturday morning... Continue Reading →

Firenze

The flight to Florence connects through Zürich and is an easy one (plus Zurich airport has the best edamame at their asian bistro/bar for a snack between planes), the harder part is monitoring the trends in flight costs to get there, for some reason the cost fluctuates from as little as 100 euro one day,... Continue Reading →

To be in Italy in an hour

Our view at Villa Jessica, found on airbnb in Sala Comacina. Breakfast each morning da me, Cornetti con marmellata from the local grocery store bakery, italian peaches are the best you will ever eat, blood orange juice, doppio espresso lungo and eggs with Prosciutto di San Daniele. Per-fect. Since I have absolutely no time off... Continue Reading →

Italy: Gorizia and Venice Carnival

For under 80 euros per person you can get the sleeper car in the overnight train to Udine via Munich. In the morning when you arrive, take a quick 30 minute regional train from Udine to Gorizia. Get the ticket at the machine when you get there. There are private, double and 6 person sleeper cars.... Continue Reading →

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