Salzburg in winter is simply incredible and magical. As the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for Sound of Music, that was two too many good reasons to stop over. While we didn’t cover all the Sound of Music sites in our quick half-day-dash, the incredible beauty of the city meant it was a constant battle between capturing it all on camera and keeping my frozen fingers alive.
Squeezed on to our intense list of food/restaurants to sample in Zurich was this restaurant called Blindekuh, (translates to ‘blind cow’), where the whole dining-in-the-dark concept apparently began. And so with part curiosity and part hunger, and a great deal of respect for the whole initiative of employing the blind and partially-sighted, we made a reservation half an hour in advance and let Google Map guide us there in just enough time.
Dear London, you’re beautiful but your excessive caroling and overwhelming festive atmosphere is making me miss home an insane amount.
Ischia is a beautiful little island off the coast of Naples. Fortunately for us, it’s often overlooked next to Capri and thus comparatively less expensive and touristic.
Having been advised against driving along the Amalfi coast, I obviously took this as a challenge and threw it on the bucket list. Consisting of a series of narrow bends with too much traffic competing for too little space, I did alright for the most part but did end up with a few scratches on our rental car before the day was over.
Fifteen days of driving around Italy has been absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, just when I’ve gotten used to driving on the wrong side of the road, sitting on the wrong side of the car, and waving my wrist madly shouting ‘che cazzo’ (at appropriate road rage moments), we’ve had to bid a sad farewell to our trusty little Fiat and re-accustom ourselves with the concept of backpacking.
Afloat in midst a lagoon, Venice is known as one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. Unfortunately sinking away slowly, the entire city is listed as an UNESCO site (though much of Italy seems to have made the UNESCO list).
Its numerous bridges and canals, and overall architectural impossibleness leave you in awe and distracted from the frustration otherwise felt in an attempt to navigate the windy little laneways and chase the inconsistent signs towards “Per Rialto”.
Situated along the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre is composed of five colourful little villages perched on clifftops by the Mediterranean. Incredibly picturesque and a little difficult to differentiate from afar (for the inexperienced), up close each have their own flavour and character.
The famous walking trail which strings the towns together allows for best appreciation of the entire coastal region and offers the most spectacular views of each town. Made all the more dramatic as they progressively come into view.
We spent a good five days in lovely Tuscany, driving through the beautiful countryside and popping by charming little villages here and there. Despite facing a couple of accommodation issues (choosing not to book beforehand for flexibility purposes), I honestly cannot imagine exploring the region properly without a car.
Agriturismo is a popular form of accommodation in Italy, especially throughout Tuscany. It’s essentially the word broken up – agricultural tourism. This generally means beautiful farmhouses out in the middle of nowhere which offer bed and breakfast and spectacular views of the countryside.