One of the greatest things about living in central Europe and in a small country, it makes it pretty easy to travel to other countries. During the summer, we had friends visiting Italy and it’s about an hour drive to the Italian border from where we live. Since we were meeting them in Venice, we opted to take a bus there, which isn’t a horribly long commute, but we ran into some issues. From here, we had a bus transfer in Trieste, but since our first bus was late, naturally we missed our connection. And boy was it such a task for the bus company to figure out what to do and there was a language barrier that wasn’t working in our favor. You’d think it would be as easy as just getting us onto another bus, instead, they bought us a train ticket since they didn’t have any other scheduled buses that day for that route.
So on the train we went, which was my first legit train ride ever, crazy huh? For my first ride, it wasn’t cracked out as people make it to be. Riding a train during the summer was not my favorite especially when the A/C wasn’t working … add on that I was pregnant and already dealing with an elevated body temperature. It made for the most uncomfortable train ride ever.
Originally, the plan was to just visit them in Venice, but they invited us along to Bologna, Tuscany and Florence, so we said why not! At this time, we were waiting to hear back about our potential home for the next two years. Everyone knows how frustrating of a process it was to secure our home, it took us nearly 2 months to finally have a place. #neveragain
Sadly, I didn’t take many photos in Bologna, but we had the best food experience at É Cucina Leopardi, highly recommend.
The plans in Tuscany was to visit vineyards, which obviously I wasn’t able to indulge, but I loved hearing about the process of making wine and taking a sip here and there. Being out in Tuscany was probably my favorite about the trip. We stayed at an AirBnB that was secluded and surrounded by beautiful scenery. It made for a great getaway. Italians do food right, I will say that much. At the AirBnb, we had a catered dinner and it was SO much food. It was a true homecooked meal and every course was absolutely delicious! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I ate while we there. Definitely a major perk of pregnancy, having a nice and healthy appetite 😉
As it was nearing the end of our trip, we were eager to get back home to our dog. We’re not a fan of leaving the furry guy at home, but he did join us on our Denmark trip, that’ll be next up in the photo diary series!
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