I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated. Things just started happening so fast. On May 1st, Karin and I started out Tuscan road trip. 4am isn’t exactly the time everyone wants to leave on this long of a trip, but that’s the kind of thing we tend to do, haha. So 4am we were on the road to Munich, I was driving, of course, until we were just outside of Munich. We weren’t exactly in a hurry, but needed to make it to Italy by night fall. We stopped every so often for espresso. Thank goodness there was no real traffic until about 8 or 9am. We decided to take a different route than Google maps had originally taken us. Since neither of us at been to Liechtenstein, guess which route we took… we took the route that took us to Vaduz and Switzerland. Oh that was awesome. I got to drive through the Alps, the Alps for all the countries. It was amazing… but I’m pretty sure by the time we pulled into a rest stop in Switzerland, I was thinking this was a bad idea. We’d been on the road for so long and weren’t even halfway there. It was pretty harsh. What made up for it was parking Karin’s little E250 next to an amazing maroon, F250. It was so nice to see a little glimpse of home. Karin decided to drive on from there (thinking that the road dipped into the valley… well, it didn’t), but about 2 minutes into the drive I had to force her to pull into a small parking stop so I could take over. Turns out that the highway went back UP into the mountains instead of DOWN into the valley, haha. Sorry Karin, but your face was pretty funny. I’m the one that clearly has no issues driving in the mountains. From Switzerland on to Milan, Bologna, Florence, and finally to San Gimignano. We were so lost pulling into the little city because the round about at the beginning of the town wasn’t very helpful and our hotel was out of the way it seems. We were so out of it and on a caffeine high (faaaar too many espressos in the 16hr drive). Explored Pisa, San Gimigano, an hour in Florence since it rained so hard.. on to Verona, then Venice on our last day and home.
Pisa: made it to Pisa just in time for our tour. Bought our tickets online to climb the tower which included free admission to the cathedral which was absolutely gorgeous.
Verona: We booked into Juliet’s Guesthouse, but since there are only 15 rooms.. and the gentleman who had the room the night before was so sick, they booked us into the penthouse suite at their sister hotel a street over. We still got to have private drinks in Juliet’s Courtyard though. So happy!! Verona is now my new favorite European city 😀
Venice: So on the drive home, we decided to stop for 3 hours and explore a bit of Venice…
And then continued on home… barely made it.
Best quotes of this trip totally belonged to Karin because when you’re tired and just don’t care anymore, the strangest things will come out of your mouth…
On Italian drivers: “At least the Czechs keep the speed limit in the fridge!!” “Huh??” “What the hell?? I don’t know anymore…” hahaha
In Pisa while it rained for 4 days in Tuscany. We hoped it would look like the Pinterest pictures and I ended up misspelling Pisa while posting on Facebook… Pisa + Tuscany on Pinterest = “Piscany!!” OMG we laughed for weeks following 😀