July - September 2016
  • Day37

    Vicchio village fest

    September 1, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    On our way back from the beach(it felt so beachy by the lake) we decided to stop for dinner in local restaurant, so our first pick was most-rated-tripadvisor restaurant/store, which sells local goods such as olive oil, pasta, prosciutto, tartufata and cheese. The dinner was sadly closed, but at least we got the beautiful view over Vecchio bridge.

    We said we'll try our luck in the center of town and boy we hit the jackpot. It's apparently the beginning of local festival with music and everything! Sort of farm market meets fair kinda vibe. There were calves in a barn, pigeons in a cage, old tractor machines displayed and down the street was some sort of garage sale going on, where kids were selling their old toys and clothes.

    Ok, we were going by pretty fast until we discovered our place, food court. And the best of all, they served only local products! What a treat. When our stomachs were happy, we strolled around a while longer(as it turned out this fair is not small, at all) and ofcourse we had to buy ourselves a little treat-local salami and sheep cheese. Victory!
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  • Day37

    Lago di Bilancino

    September 1, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    It's our first day in Tuscany and a hot one too, so we decided to take a dip in the lake Bilancino and chill. The lake is just 25 years old but it is placed when once in the far past a bigger lake used to. The water was warm, and we were just one of the few people on the beach. Lovely.

  • Day36

    Home exchange, house #7

    August 31, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    It's our first exchange in Italy and our last on this roadtrip. It's also our first exchange where we're not completely alone in the house. As it turned out, that's not such a bad thing - Anne and Nicola greeted us with home made pizza, fresh vegetables from the garden and tuscan wine (Grazie!). What a treat! Even though there are some lingo barriers, we understand each other just fine :) We had a really long drive and a bit of a headache yesterday, so today we slept in(we finally got a little bigger bed, so that helped aswell) and chilled by the lake in the afternoon. We're excited to discover some more of tuscany tomorrow.Read more

  • Day36

    Cinque Terre

    August 31, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    A must see UNESCO protected villages. Colorful with amazing views all around. The road to here is a killer though and I mean literally as we almost got hit by a speeding car on a steep narrow road. I advise the train or the boat to see the amazing villages.

  • Day36

    Monaco

    August 31, 2016 in Monaco ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Off to Italy! Bye France it was great and hope to see you soon. On the way we had to see Monaco. What a city! Highrise modern buildings yachts and the Rock with the palace on it. Very fancy and really stunning.

  • Day35

    Cannes

    August 30, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    It's our last day in France. What better way than spend it in glamorous Cannes. No kidding, we could really spend it all (a bit pricey for sure). Rather than that, we decided to spend our money on shrimps and cheese later at the local store, but we did stoped for coffee. Instead of shopping(it seemed like that's the main activity there), we walked to the castle on the hill which offered us a beautiul view over the port. It must be spectacular at night, when you can see all the lights from from the boats.

    Everything in Cannes is big or long - sandy beaches, yachts, streets of fashion stores, cafes, casinos and of course seaview hotels. You can also spot a really expensive car here and there. I imagine, there's lots of people in the city when there's film or yacht festival(we were here just a week too soon).

    Cannes is definitely a feast for the eyes, if you're into glamorous yachts, expensive fast cars and designer fashion clothes and shoes.

    Our trip in France ends here, in Villeneuve-Loubet, with stunning after-sunset sky and delicious homemade sea food dinner. Santé!
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  • Day34

    Nice

    August 29, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nice is nice. But also very lively, vibrant city. We came just moments before it got dark. From busy 'LA beachy type' of city where people are running, walking, exercising on the sidewalks, to the bustling city, where sleep is apparently not on the menu, as there is so much going on.

    We took a stroll down the Promenade de Anglais towards old harbour, sea breeze was just what we needed and the view was nice too. Promenade is very long and it's facing the sea all the way. Even though the attack happened here on this place only one month ago, we weren't feeling afraid or felt any uncomfortable vibes. City lives on, as it should.

    We watched street dancers, musicians and colorful fountains. On the way back to the car, we spotted tons of restaurants and hotels. It seemed like it's very important where you eat, like you give certain statement by eating at the most expensive restaurant. This massive turism of 'show me the money' type isn't really our thing, but for the night or two, we would be okay even here. At least the view is nice ;)
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  • Day33

    Home exchange, house #6

    August 28, 2016 in France ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    So, today we're one month away from home and I can't think of better place to crown this trip with than staying in Cote d'Azur. If you want to feel like million bucks, this is the place to be. We are staying between Cannes and Nice in a lovely little house in secluded neighbourhood with pool and everything, thanks to Charlotte and Jean Paul who welcomed us with open arms(your place is really great btw!).

    We haven't spent much time here yet, but what we did is that we discovered the best stocked store ever. I mean, all that seafood, cakes and cheese! To die for! Who would want to eat out if you have anything you can think of(and more) right here in your local shop?

    Oh yeah, we did manage to jump in the wavy sea, it was warm and salty, as expected. Sun was shining, the wind was blowing, but the beach was pretty crowdy, so later in the evening we decided to cool off in the pool instead. Pretty great day one, I wonder what's to come 😊
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  • Day32

    Week #4

    August 27, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    It lasted about 4 weeks for us to get used to live like french do, eat until 2 and then chill until 7 (when all the restaurants opens again) and here we are, almost at the end of our journey around France. Time really goes by so fast when you're having fun!
    I'm not sure that pool is something tipically local, but we could easly got used to it 😉

    This week was all about taking it easy, enjoying the food and embracing provence hot sun. Although we love it here, we're ready to move forward and explore new things at our last France stop in Nice.
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  • Day30

    Pont du Gard

    August 25, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Today, we decided to take this roadtrip to a whole new level. A three hour canoe ride on the river, with oh, so beautiful view. We booked our canoe a day advance, as we didn't want the whole 'no more visitors today' story to repeat.

    The day was pretty hot and swimming in the river was just perfect! We didn't actually stoped at Pont du Gard, as we're not that much into museums, instead paddling our way through the bridge on a calm river was our plan all along. One of the best things we did on this roadtrip for sure!

    Oh yeah, on the way back, we stopped at the Haribo museum(we still don't know why it's in Uzes), skipped the museum part and went directly to the candy. I mean, who could resist those yummy gummy bears and yes, we're going on a diet as soon as we come back :)
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