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It’s hard to believe that we still have seven months left to our journey. But then, we are surprised that the season is already changing. The mornings are growing crisp and dewy, the leaves are turning into their annual autumn tapestry, and we’re even making plans for a winter coat-shopping expedition. And so with the weather change, it almost feels inappropriate to relive our experiences of our Italian summer… but I’ll try my best.

I realize we haven’t really gone into very much detail of Galbusera Bianca, our first farm, but still I am moving on. Verona. Sweltering city of romance, medieval cobbled streets, obnoxious tourists, and the best gelato. We spent five glorious days in laid-back Verona. We ate at least two scoops of gelato every day, had some of the best espresso, spent the scorching afternoons reading in the shade, shared a bottle of wine on the balcony overlooking the city’s nightlife.

Easily the most exciting part of Verona was the trauma we suffered trying to get there. We left the farm on our bikes in the morning, making our way towards Bergamo, a 28 km distance. Thanks to the confusing road systems of Italy, and the fact that we didn’t have a GPS system, those 28 km turned into a grand total of 60. We weren’t able to see the city and we hadn’t a clue where to find the train station. It was 7:30 in the evening. Somehow we were able to find the station, with about 20 minutes to spare before the train’s scheduled departure for Verona. Yet another hitch: the 2 ½ hour train ride meant there wasn’t a chance we’d make it to the campground before its closing time. But we plowed on ahead.

When we arrived in Verona, the pitch-black combined with the sounds of traffic and general nightlife in the distance completely terrified us. Especially when the directions we had were from the only other train station elsewhere in the city. And so, with absolutely no hopes of finding the campsite in the dark, we did the only other thing that we could think of…headed for the trees! We thought, as a last-ditch attempt, we might find a safe spot to pitch our tent in the shrubbery and hide out until morning.

Loran and I took some random turns, started making our way uphill towards the safer-looking suburban bits over-looking the city. After reaching the crest of a hill (and no, I really still cannot believe this), we spotted a sign which read “camping”. By the time we reached the campground (and yes, it WAS the one we had absolutely zero hopes of finding), it was nearing midnight. In an unprecedented stroke of …fate? the receptionist was still in the office and set us up with a site. We could not, still cannot, believe our luck that night. What started as a ridiculously stressful 12 hours turned into one our most reminisced memories of Italy.

After such a grand adventure, the following five days in Verona were relatively uneventful. We had the best time simply wandering the streets in the mornings and the evenings, avoiding the sun at all costs in the afternoons. Verona really is a city for any tourist. It has the history, cheap camping or luxury hotels, fine dining or casual sandwich shops, designer boutiques or cheap all-china-made shops. And the people who live there are the kindest we have found in our limited experiences of Italy. Loran and I went to the same café each day for our morning coffees, and upon learning we were from Seattle, the bartenders greeted us with “Hello Seattle!!” each time we entered.

My Happy Cappuccino

We really do hope that we can return to Verona someday. And, since we had decided to stay a full five days in Verona, we hadn’t the time in our schedule to venture to Florence. Both Florence and a return trip to Verona will have to remain upon our bucket list, for now.

 

Castello di San Pietro

 

We left our mark :)

 

Window Shopping!

 

Beautiful Façade

 

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Coffee Break #523901924

 

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The magic of every single sunset.

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Since you’ve last heard from us, we have explored the ancient ruins of Rome, strolled along the cobbled streets of Verona, relished sunset swims of Tuscany, milked Norman cows and made our own wheel of cheese, survived a hoarder’s palace in the Bay of Mt St Michel, traversed the English Channel (trying our absolute best not to hurl over the rails), cycled the emerald hills of Ireland, toiled on a lavish estate and, finally, pored over the worldly treasures of Ireland’s capital city.

Visiting Children at Play; Galbusera Bianca

Verona

Musei Vaticani, Roma

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

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Baratti Bay, Tuscany

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Flax Harvest, Baratti Bay, Tuscany

Kitty! La Denée Earl, Céaucé

Hard Work, La Denée Earl, Céaucé

The Hoarder Queen’s Palace, La Jaunière, Vezins, France

The Bay of Mt St Michel, Normandy, France

Planting Kohlrabi, Dunbrody Park Estates, Arthurstown, Ireland

Daddy! Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Anyway, we apologize for the hiatus. Now that we have a fully operable laptop charger (thanks, dad!) updating with posts & pictures is again possible. Also, a sincere thank you for the lovely birthday wishes. You all are missed.

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